Update: The ScanSnap S1100 has been released in North America as of January 2011. You can see my Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 Review here.
Almost a year ago now, I noticed something on some Japanese gadget sites: a strange ScanSnap called the S1300. About a month or two later, it was announced in North America. Is history repeating itself? Today I came across yet another strange Japanese ScanSnap: the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100.
It looks like Fujitsu is taking on the ultra-portable scanner market with a new model that is smaller than the aforementioned S1300.
My knowledge of Japanese consists of a phrase that ends with “Mr. Roboto”, but from what I have been able to piece together, it is 273mm (W) x 47.5mm (D) x 34mm (height).
One cool thing it can do is switch between “Straight Path” and “Continuous Path” feeding, so you can either have it flip over a document for dual-sided scanning, or feed paper, business cards, or even ID cards (a highly-requested feature) straight through without bending it.
It also looks like they are embracing the “cloud” and will have some sort of functionality to scan to Google Docs, Evernote, or Salesforce. It’ll be interesting to see how that works.
Fujitsu has a video on their site (11 Meg WMV format only, unfortunately) that you can see here. It’s in Japanese, but you get the idea.
I have no idea when/if the ScanSnap S1100 will be coming to North America (though I do have my theories). Stay tuned here and you will be the first to know.