An effective Handheld scanner?

Over the past few years I have made a number of abortive attempts to find an effective Handheld scanner some on this forum. As its a year or so since my last attempt I thought I would have another go.
I assume that the device would be connected to a computer by a Data cable and it would download what text was copied from a paper using something such as Word 10.

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Re: scanner finds a lot.

However, if you have been busy the past few years finding an 'effective' one, I have to assume you find all of those 'ineffective'.
Then, I'm afraid, your options are:
1. Use a camera (or your phone) to make a picture of the text and save it on yoru PC as a picture.
2. As #1, but use an OCR-program like FreeOCR to make it text.
3. Use a non-portable scanner, either a separate one, or as part of an all-in-one printer.
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An effective Handheld scanner?

I'm shocked at such a dismal if realistic reply in that as an eternal optimist I had hoped technology had moved a trifle.

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If anything the reverse has occurred.

As smartphones and computers have increased in power the need for the scanner to do the OCR (you wrote the scanner may be doing the OCR work) has gone even farther away from the market.

Long ago, decades in fact the standard for the scanner that would scan and spew text was from Kurzweil. These are no more but they moved to software solutions which you can check out at

I see no movement or developers to re-create the old Kurzweil scanners we saw long ago.

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