Product Description

This smartphone scanning device is made in the USA. 

The Scanner Bin is protected by US Patent 9,742,952 (link), for licensing inquiries please visit our Contact page.

12″ x 14″ x 1/2″ (folded)
9.5″ x 11.5″ x 14″ (open)
Scanning platform: 9.5″ x 11.5″
Scanning aperture: (2″ x 2″)


11.8 oz.


corrugated fiberboard
double-sided kraft


Binder clip for folded bin
Two Alignment Bumpers


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 (instructions can be downloaded here).

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.

Compatible Devices:

Device Requirements:

A back-side camera with autofocus
A camera flash
Camera and flash close together and fitting within a 1″ x 1″ square (or you can create another opening with a utility knife)
A scanning app that is supported by the device’s OS
Operating systems that support scanning: iOS, Android, and Windows 8.1

Smartphones/Tablets/Mini-Tablets/Etc that are compatible:

iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6smartphones
iPhone 5S
iPhone 5C
iPhone 5
iPhone 4S
iPhone 4
iPhone 3GS
iPod Touch 5th & 6th Generation
Galaxy S5/S4
Galaxy S6
Galaxy S6 Edge
HTC One (M8)
HTC One (M9)
Nexus 5
Nexus 6
Moto X
Moto G
Galaxy Note 3
Galaxy Note 4
Lumia 940
LG Lancet
Nokia Lumia 830
Nokia Lumia 1520
Huawei SnapTo
Sony Xperia
Xiaomi Mi Note
Asus Zenfone 2

Devices that work, but with a caveat:

Tablets – Most Tablets don’t have a flash, so you need to use a desk lamp to illuminate. Also they are larger, so they may overhang the edge of the Scanner Bin. The Kindle Fire HDX has a flash but you will need to extend the aperture of the Scanner Bin with a utility knife.

Curved smartphones may not lay flat enough (on their own), for example LG Flex 2 and HTC One.

Digital cameras can be used but only to take pictures from the front-side opening, not the top-side aperture.

Third-party Apps:


Top Free iOS Document/PDF Scanner Apps
Genius Scan
Turbo Scanner+
Doc Scan
Fine Scanner
Fast Scanner
Document Scan
Scan it All

Top Paid iOS Document/PDF Scanning Apps
TinyScan Pro
JotNot Scanner+
Genius Scan+
iScanner Pro
Fast Scanner Pro
Turbo Scanner + OCR
PDF Scanner
Scanner Deluxe
Scanner with OCR
Scan Text OCR App

Top Free iOS Apps for QR code reading/scanning
QR Reader for iPhone
QR Code Reader
Quick Scan
QR Code Reader & Barcode Scanner
AT&T Code Scanner

Top Free iOS Business Card Readers
CamCard Free
ScanBizCards Lite
FullContact Card Reader
Business Card Reader Free
WorldCard Mobile Lite
ABBYY Business Card Reader
CardZulla Business Card Reader
ProOnGo Business Card Reader


Top Free Android Document/PDF Scanner Apps
TinyScan Pro
PDF Scanner Pro
Scan2PDF Mobile
Genius Scan+
Portable Scanner

Top Paid Android Document/PDF Scanning Apps
TinyScan Pro
PDF Scanner Pro
Scan2PDF Mobile
Genius Scan+
Portable Scanner

Top Free Android Apps for QR code reading/scanning
QR Reader
QR Barcode Scanner
QR Droid Code Scanner
Google Goggles

Top Free Android Business Card Readers
Business Card Reader Free (ABBYY)
Business Card Reader (IAC Development)
Haystack Business Card Reader

Top Paid Android Business Card Readers
Business Card Reader Pro (ABBYY)

Windows 8.1

Top Windows 8.1 Document/PDF Scanner Apps
MD Scan
Genius Scan
Ultimate Scanner

Top Windows 8.1 Document/PDF Scanner Apps

Top Windows 8.1 Apps for QR code reading/scanning
QR Scanner+

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