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November 2, 1988

NEW XEROX IMAGING SYSTEMS LAUNCHES FLATBED SCANNER, TWO OCR SCANNERS

By CBR Staff Writer

As announced last month (CI No 1,037), having formed its new Imaging Systems subsidiary over in Mountain View, California, Xerox Corp is ready for the new baby to start launching its first products, with the Datacopy 730GS flatbed graphics scanner and two optical-character recognition scanners, the Discovery 7320 Model 5 and the Kurzweil K-5000. The $2,000 Datacopy 730 GS, for Macintosh and MS-DOS personal computers offers an onboard graphics processor able to interpolate pixel information allowing an image that appears to be 450 dots per inch – as well as six bits of grey-scale information; an extra text recognition package is available for $200. Xerox Imaging Systems also has two new scanners under the Kurzweil brand name, the low-end Discovery 7320 Model 5, costing $5,000, and the high-end K-5000, $16,000, which features an automatic document feeder; both scanners use the same 68020 co-processor interface board, with Model 5 users able to upgrade to the K-5000. The Kurzweil scanner can be upgraded to more powerful devices, and Xerox claims that the Model 5 offers a more mature technology than rival software-based OCR systems – including recent releases from Caere Corp and Calara, which come with their own 68020 coprocessor board for the IBM AT and work with data files output from any scanner. Xerox Imaging Systems was formed by the merger of two subsidiaries, Kurzweil Computer and Datacopy.

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