Evernote moves into hardware with its own Fujitsu Scansnap scanner

Evernote moves into hardware with its own Fujitsu Scansnap scanner

Summary: "This is ridiculously the world's greatest scanner," boasted Evernote's CEO.


It had been rumored before that Evernote, a wunderkind startup when it comes to producitity apps, was interested in dabbling with hardware.

The Redwood City, Calif.-based company has made some backwards-like steps before given its partnerships with companies producing a medium that is arguably the very platform Evernote is trying to replace: paper.

But Evernote doesn't seem to care about the critics as demonstrated through collaboration with legendary notebook maker Moleskine and Post-It Note creator 3M.

And hardware is definitely on the agenda at Evernote.

Introduced at the software comapny's third annual developer conference on Thursday morning, Evernote has teamed up with Fujitsu to debut an Evernote-branded scanner within Fujitsu's Scansnap portfolio.

"We're five years in. This is how we stretch. This is how we broaden our toolset," remarked CEO Phil Libin about teaming up with other software, hardware and even apparel companies.

Based on the demo video, users can basically scan a number of different slips of paper in varying sizes (everything from letter documents to business cards) at one time, with each individual piece of content uploaded and archived in Evernote. The content is then searchable on the cloud service.

"This is ridiculously the world's greatest scanner," boasted Evernote's chief.

Supported by both Windows and Mac via Wi-Fi, the Evernote Edition of Scansnap can read A3, B4, and 11x 17-inch documents with a limit of documents up to 34-inches in length and width.

The Evernote Scansnap scanner can be found the new Evernote Market, also launching on Thursday. Described by Libin as "an in-app, e-commerce experience," Evernote Market can be accessed from both mobile and desktop channels.

Priced at $495 in U.S. Dollars, the Evernote Edition Scansnap is available for pre-order now and starts shipping within the United States, Canada, and Japan on October 24.

That price tag also includes one year of membership for Evernote's Premium subscription service, simultaneously promoting the evolving Evernote lifestyle brand as the company works toward the goal of attracting more than a billion users worldwide.

Image via Evernote

Topics: Hardware, Collaboration, Mobility, Software, Web development

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  • Nothing new here

    I've been doing this exact thing for 10+ years using Visioneer scanners and their wonderful PaperPort software. A lot cheaper too.

    Are there really no "New" ideas any longer? This doesn't even seem to be an improvement on an idea. really?
  • still wonder

    Why can't Evernote build a scanner device that automatically, all by itself sends whatever it scans to Evernote?

    On contrast, the Livescribe Sky pen does exactly that: anything you write or record (audio) is wireless sent to Evernote and then accessible from any device, anywhere. No need for any intermediate computer, for anything.

    If Livescribe can do it, using the Evernote backend, why could not Evernote, for their very own branded devices? Weird...
  • Scanning [and printing] books.

    There are scanners that hold books open at 90 degrees [to avoid spine damage] and scan both pages at once. THAT is where I would have started...

    Partnership with Moleskine? Follow up with a PRINTER that prints on the pages of a [bound] book, Moleskine or similar.
    3D printers are better / more economic than casting etc. when making parts in small batches. A book printer would be better than a printing press for making a 1-off book.
  • Ridiculously the best? Ridiculously expensive

    It may be nice, but it is huge and expensive. Evernote doesn't seem to have a clue as to how people might use this.