Almost be sheer accident I just came across Qipit a service that allows you to take photos of sketches or whiteboards with your camera phone, email it to their site, and then have it available as a PDF or even be able to fax it.

Chances are, you carry a cell phone with you everywhere you go. And more than likely, that cell phone has a camera. Qipit turns this handy device into a portable scanner, copier and fax machine, and the user-friendly Qipit service also works with your digital camera at home or the office.

The patented image-processing science behind Qipit is complicated, but the concept is simple: use Qipit to capture and share anything written or printed. Whereever you’re at. Whenever you need it.

I just quickly set up an account, and used my iPhone to take picture of a sketch diagram I have for some plans to redo the taxonomy of our NMC drupal site – which has its own public URL
https://www.qipit.com/public/cogdog/2008_08_26_scan_01

Now I don’t often sketch things, but with it should not take much to think of some great ways to use this free service. More and more, it seems less important to lug a laptop, when I have a powerful machine as a phone.

The post "Your Camera Phone is a Document Scanner with Qipit" was originally pushed out of the bottom of a purple jar of Play-Doh at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2008/08/qipit/) on August 25, 2008.

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