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iPad Scanning Stand / iPad Document Camera Stand: Products

A list of products that can be used (or repurposed) as iPad scanning stands or iPad document camera stands. With one exception, these will all set you back $30-$200 - for potentially cheaper do-it-yourself options, see my other pinboard at http://pinterest.com/tech4singers/ipad-scanning-stand-ipad-document-camera-stand-do-/. More about this project: http://techfortheclassicalsinger.wordpress.com/tag/ipad-scanning-stand/

StandScan is a portable iPhone/smartphone scanning stand that looks an awful lot like Scanbox and has the same pluses and minuses. It folds down flat, and the Pro model includes built-in LED lighting to ensure adequate lighting on your document. The main disadvantages are that the height is not adjustable (for scanning large sheets) and it seems difficult or impossible to place a large bound book in the scanning area. Nevertheless, it would be great if they developed an iPad-compatible version.

My blog post about test driving a locker shelf as an iPad scanning stand.

Test driving a locker shelf as an iPad scanning stand

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A 12" acrylic riser might work as an iPad scanning stand or document camera stand, and it would not block light from the document. You could even turn it on its side in a "C" orientation to slide books underneath the iPad for scanning. One drawback is that it can't be folded flat and slipped into a backpack or briefcase, like some of the other products shown.

12X12X12"CLR ACRYLIC RISER S3

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A folding locker shelf is a very inexpensive and portable platform for elevating an iPad to use as a scanner or document camera. I'm not sure if the legs can be moved to adjust the height of the platform, or whether they remain rigid when adjusted. Also, it may be difficult or impossible to use when positioning and scanning large bound books.

  • StandScan

    Check out StandScan. Really light, just as sturdy

The Justand is the only commercial product available online that is specifically designed and marketed as an iPad document camera stand. Hence, this product should function very well as an desktop iPad scanning stand. The main design modifications I would like to see are 1) a way for the stand to fold flat, making it portable in a backpack or briefcase; and 2) a way to adjust the height of the iPad while keeping it level, so that scans are not skewed.

The Betty from Interactive Mounts is one of the most impressive designs for an iPad scanning stand / document camera available as an commercial product. I haven't seen it for sale online, so contact Interactive Mounts directly to inquire about local retaillers. interactivemounts...

Scanbox looks like an excellent portable iPhone/smartphone scanning stand. It folds down flat, and the latest model even contains small LED lights to ensure adequate lighting on your document. The main disadvantages are that the height is not adjustable (for scanning large sheets) and it seems difficult or impossible to place a large bound book in the scanning area. Nevertheless, it would be great if they developed an iPad-compatible version.

The SCANDY looks like an excellent portable iPhone/smartphone scanning stand. It would be great to see a version for iPad. scan-candy.com

Modahaus makes stands for smartphone photography and document capture, such as the Steady Stand 200 shown here. It would be great to see them come out with an iPad-compatible version. The pluses of this stand design are that it's simple, lightweight, foldable/portable, and the the translucent plastic lets light filter through. Drawbacks are that the height can't be adjusted, and it might be difficult or impossible to position large bound books within the scanning area.

The SnakeClamp, with its 18" gooseneck arm, has good potential as an iPad scanning stand. It might be reasonably portable, too. In addition to the round base shown here, there are also options for a magnetic base or a table clamp base.

The Cobra SnakeClamp would probably be overkill as portable scanning stand, but would make a very nice desktop-mounted stand or document camera.

This laptop table by Furinno with adjustable folding legs could be used as an ad-hoc scanning stand by elevating your iPad above the document you're scanning. The height can be changed by adjusting the legs. Since the legs are only on one side, you could slide large books under the platform and scan them.

This product, "My Bedside Table Portable Folding Laptop Bed Mate Tray" from Artis, could be used as an ad-hoc scanning stand by elevating your iPad above the document you're scanning. Since the legs are only on one side, you could slide large books under the platform and scan them. The minimum height, 13", is a bit tall, but you might be able to use the iPad camera's zoom to compensate. Also, depending on the lighting, the tabletop might cast shadows on your document.

The Tabletote, with its telescoping legs, could be used as an ad-hoc scanning stand by elevating your iPad above the document you're scanning. It also looks like a generally handy all-purpose table. The minimum height, 13", is a bit tall, but you might be able to use the iPad camera's zoom to compensate. Also, depending on the lighting, the tabletop might cast shadows on your document.

The spiderArm mount system has potential as a iPad scanning stand. You can add or remove segments from the arm to change the length.

The Twelve South HoverBar (shown behind the laptop) looks very versatile and has good potential as an iPad scanning stand. The gooseneck arm is 22" - plenty long enough to adjust to the right height.

The LEVO iPad/tablet stand has potential as an iPad scanning stand, but it's unclear whether the height is adequate and adjustable.

The IPEVO Perch Stand, with its tiltable iPad frame, might make a decent scanning stand if only its height were adjustable.