Tech Squibs: IRIS Scan Express 3 Captures Your Life

The IRIS Scan Express 3 is always standing by to digitize documents and photos quickly from your desktop

John Scott Lewinskiby John Scott Lewinski

SQUIB: a : a short humorous or satiric writing or speech; b : a short news item. (Merriam-Webster)

This Tech Squib will push a lot of paper out of your life.

The IRIS Scan Express 3 is a sleek, USB-powered scanner that will sit on your desktop, always ready to digitize your photos, documents, etc., so they don't pile up around your ears.

Even in this age of gadgets growing ever smaller and more compact, scanners can still be a chunk — consuming desk space and demanding their own power supply. It becomes an indispensable tool once you get used to having it around. Insert a document, and it zip through the device — appearing on your hard drive within moment.

The IRIScan Scan includes OCR software Readiris Pro 12 that transforms your paper documents into editable text. The OCR program recognizes 137  languages, keeping any unusual characters intact. Then, users can export to Word, Excel, PDF and photo editing software.

It's now a full-time resident on my desk and is great for storing everything from sensitive financial documents to family photos.