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Scanner Bin (smartphone shown for scale)
Scanner Bin (smartphone shown for scale)

This smartphone scanning device is made in the USA. 

The Scanner Bin is Patent Pending, for licensing inquiries please visit our Contact page.


  • 10 3/4″ x 12″ x 3/4″ (folded)
  • 9″ x 12″ x 11″ (open)
  • Scanning platform: 8.5″ x 11.5″
  • Scanning aperture: (1″ x 1″)


  • 10 oz.
documentation and flat sheet
Test page, Instructions, Flat Sheet


  • corrugated fiberboard
  • double-sided matte white


  • One page: front – single time set-up; back – every day use
  • Another page: front – alignment page for set-up; back – packing list


  • Binder clip for folded bin
  • Two Alignment Bumpers
  • Flat Sheet (transparent sheet for holding paper flat, center cutout to eliminate glare)

The Scanner Bin is simply a typical desk-side recycling bin, with one key difference: when placed on it’s side it can be used with your smartphone to scan documents that are placed inside the bin. There is an aperture (cutout) on one of the side panels of the bin to enable scanning. The bin dimensions are designed so that an 8.5″ x 11″ paper or a standard-sized receipt can be quickly scanned with multiple common smartphone models.  In order to keep the product affordable, it is constructed of  a thin, but sturdy, corrugated fiberboard (cardboard) that is white matte on both sides.

bumper and aperture 600 x 600
Alignment Bumpers and Aperture

Additionally, we provide two adhesive Alignment Bumpers that the user can attach to the bin in order to align their specific smartphone (plus any case they may have it in) to the cutout so that the camera and flash are completely unobstructed. Due to the large variety of case styles and smartphone models, we provide instructions for the user to attach the bumpers to match their device.

Finally, in order to hold paper flat (such as folded receipts or letters), a specialized, heavy transparent sheet is provided. We call it the Flat Sheet. Due to the fact that the scanned paper (or object) is illuminated by the smartphone flash, a section is removed from the center of the transparent sheet so that no glare is reflected that would otherwise distort the image.

Glossy photos or magazines have been known to cause problems for people trying to scan with their smartphones. The issue is glare. We have found that you can utilize a carefully positioned desk-lamp in front of the Scanner Bin (and turn the smartphone flash off) in order to take high quality images of high-gloss materials. However, at this time, the desk-lamp is not provided.  If interested, you may want to pick one up on amazon (like this one). We recommend that you use a “daylight” bulb (5000k CCT) for product photos, and the higher the CRI – the better.

The Scanner Bin is not primarily designed to be a light box. However, you can utilize a desk-lamp and a sheet of paper (like a Legal size 8.5″ x 14″) to create a small light box for ecommerce product photos.

flat w laptop small
Scanner Bin – Folded (laptop shown for scale)

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