The Flip-Pal mobile scanner, produced by Couragent, won the Overall Best Innovation award at the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) trade show July 30, 2010. The Fort Collins based company was one of more than 260 exhibitors at the Craft SuperShow held in Chicago, IL.
The Flip-Pal mobile scanner was formally introduced to the North American market as well as to more than 8,000 consumers who attended the CHA event. The Craft & Hobby Association is an international trade association for the $27 billion craft and hobby industry. Members include companies engaged in the design, manufacture, distribution and retail sales of related products.
The Flip-Pal mobile scanner makes it possible to scan photos, images in books and magazines,and similar works of art anywhere, any time with no connection to a computer. The resulting digital files can then be stored and shared. The battery powered flatbed scanner is about the size of a typical netbook computer.
The patented “flip-and-scan” technology allows the hinged cover to be removed and the scanner placed face down on top of a old family album, for instance, without having to remove pictures that might be fragile or glued down. The included stitching software enables users to reassemble multiple 4×6 inch scans later into a larger image on their computer.
Scanned JPEG images are saved immediately to an SD memory card that can be read by any computer. Batteries, a 2 GB SD card and a USB to SD adaptor are included with each unit. Early sales orders for the $149.99 USD scanner can be placed online now at www.flip-pal.com.
Melissa McKee of Golden, CO saw a demonstration of the Flip-Pal scanner and wanted to use it to create a digital archive of scrapbooks she has already made. “I’m excited about this because I have a fear of losing my fabulous scrapbook pages to theft, fire, or water damage.” she said. “I haven’t lost anything yet, but it’s only a matter of time, right?” Another visitor said she wished she had owned a Flip-Pal to copy old family photos that her relatives had brought to a recent family reunion.
The citation at CHA is the second innovation award in less than a year for Couragent. In November, 2009, the scanner was awarded the Consumer Product of the Year at the Colorado Inventor Showcase in Denver, hosted by the DaVinci Institute.