KeyScan Melds Keyboard and Color Scanner into a New Peripheral

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The KS810 from KeySpan may be the perfect accessory for a business drowning in paper. Cramming a color scanner into a keyboard is no easy feat, yet KeyScan pulls it off at a price that most businesses can afford.

The typical business is awash in paper. There are invoices, purchase orders, letters, receipts and so on floating around on the typical knowledge worker's desk, sapping productivity and creating aggravation. Making that paper problem "go away" is the design goal of KeyScan with the KS810 keyboard scanner. At $159, the KS810 offers a multifunction device, which combines a USB 2.0 Hub, full-size keyboard and a single-sheet scanner that offers a maximum optical resolution of 600 pixels per inch.

The KS810 installs pretty much as any USB keyboard would, but does require a separate power brick. Setup is as easy as plugging the device in, running the software setup from an included CD and then powering up the unit. Everything pretty much takes care of itself.

One word of warning, though: There are no drivers for 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, and as our luck would have it, we first tried to test the KS810 on a Vista Ultimate 64-bit system so we could play around with the scanned images in some high-end graphics software. Calls to the company did confirm that no 64-bit version of the driver was available and that there had been no demand for one. Interestingly, presenting a chicken-or-the-egg dilemma for the company, those running 64 bit Vista will not buy the KS810 because it does not support 64 bit, so in turn no buyers are requesting 64-bit support.

We overcame our 64-bit problem by running Windows Vista 32 bit in a VMware virtual machine on our host system. That allowed us to test the scanner and then copy scanned images from our 32-bit virtual environment over to our 64-bit Vista host. A contrived way to make the product work and one that is not recommended for the typical user.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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