In case you find it difficult to hold the phone steady for OCR, or need to scan a large number of pages, here are some stands that make scanning easier.
I own, or have access to all of these stands. I also have communicated with all the creators of the stands below. Each stand has its pluses and minuses. I have tried to keep the descriptions brief. I only provide this as a guide from my perspective. All the stand makers give at least a 30-day money back guarantee, so if you order one and don't like it, you are not stuck with it.
Scanner Bin is a device that can double as a bin to store papers or receipts to be scanned, then turned on its side and used as a scanning stand.
I just received this new scanning stand, and assembled it without sighted assistance by folowing his video instructions for blind/visually impaired customers. Its brilliant!
FopyDo stands for Photo-Copy-Document. It is a great concept in stands. It measures 11.75 by 9.5 by .5 inches when folded up. It is made from corigated plastic, so it is light weight but very durable. It is easy to set up. The default height is 10.5 inches and works great for scanning an 8.5 by 11 inch sheet of paper. At it's tallest setting, it puts the device about 14 inches from the desk and will work for scanning legal sized documents or both pages of a book at once. It has a notch to help you place the camera correctly and it has a microsuction strip on the top to hold the device steady. It is strong enough to hold an iPad Mini. There are two metal legs that have microsuction tape on the ends so it doesn't slide on slick surfaces.
You have several options for ordering:
order Fopydo using Pay pal or a credit card from: https://www.wardega.com/
You can also order the Fopydo Scanning Stand from the National Federation of the Blind Independence Market for $12.00 plus shipping and handling.
You may place an order over the phone by calling (410) 659-9314, extension 2216.
It holds your Smart Phone or device stationary allowing your device's camera to view items and documents clearly providing perfect recognition and imaging! It is lightweight and portable! It can be assembled for use or collapsed for transport in a matter of seconds! Developed for Blind, visually impaired and low vision Smart phone users, The DannyBoy Portable Smart Phone Holder is also wonderful for anyone with motor disabilities! It is perfect for everyone wanting clear, distortion free images and document recognition! Use it to hold your Smart Phone or Device stable and secure while operating Seeing AI, Voice Dream Scanner, and other OCR apps, take a picture of an item or personal property for your records, or with DIGIT-EYES or another bar code reading ap for perfect recognition of bar codes. Its Open Frame Construction eliminates the need for additional lighting to illuminate the document or item under it. The DannyBoy Portable Smart Phone Holder works with any model iPhone or Android Smart phone! It can even work with other devices that have a camera. as there are many different sizes and models of Smart phones. The stand is made of Lightweight, sturdy plastic with corner molding providing strength and stability and portability. It weighs less than 6 ounces! The DannyBoy Portable Smart Phone Holder's platform tray measures 10 inches by 4 inches and the adjustable rail allows the DannyBoy to hold phones from 3 inches wide to 4 inches wide. The DannyBoy measures 12 inches long overall and 13 and a half inches tall when standing at its full height. Its height is adjustable up to 13 1/2 inches high! This stand is portable! Just fold it closed and it will easily fit into a briefcase, computer bag, or backpack allowing it to be easily transported from place to place! It can be quickly set up and ready for use in a matter of seconds!Order Your DannyBoy Portable Smart Phone & Device Stand Here DannyBoy Stands are shipped Free Matter For The Blind!
ScanJig is made from hard plastic and is quite durable. It uses room light or the camera flash for getting a good stand. It measures 9 by 13, by 1.5 inches when closed. The assembly instructions are good and you can call them to get help if necessary.
Web site: www.scanjig.com
ScanJig comes in a new "Pro" version that has a bracket to allow you to turn the ScanJig on its back and use it to scan books. See the link above or call their number: 800-390-1125
Last modified May 28, 2020