Special edition Fujitsu ScanSnap with Urushi lacquer coating and gold embellishments

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I use my Fujitsu ScanSnap 1500M many times throughout the day, but I don't think I'll pay $3200 for the special edition model with Urushi lacquer coating and gold embellishments.

The special limited-edition models have been designed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of PFU and are decorated using an Urushi lacquer coating and gold embellishments. The high-quality lacquer coating is applied using a centuries-old method which originated from Ishikawa Prefecture, a region renowned for its excellent craftsmanship in traditional Japanese lacquerware and the birthplace of PFU.

The design of the special edition ScanSnap models represents the pinnacle of traditional Japanese aesthetics and convenience. The special models are the result of the collaboration between PFU and Japan’s premier maker of Wajima lacquerware, one of the most recognized examples of traditional Japanese crafts. The durable lacquer coating was applied using a special layering technique called "Tenpi kurome," and is accompanied by the depiction of a Golden Eagle (the official bird of Ishikawa) and company logo made from pure gold powder.

Special Design Edition: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 and S1300 (Thanks, David!)


    1. So if your office goes up in smoke thanks to all those flammable documents waiting to be scanned, in addition to the plastic of burning computers & accessories producing nasty gases, the firefighters (not to mention you) could be at risk of potentially fatal inhalation of the urushiol?

  1. More colorful details than the wiki entry
    from http://wardukarmouries.com/Info/Urushi.html

    “Urushiol is a caustic alkaloid toxin, and when in contact with the skin, uncured lacquer can cause anything from bad rashes (ala poison ivy) to severe anaphylaxis and even anaphylactic shock in the worst cases (high exposure combined with high sensitivity).

    Even the vapors created by the heat-treating and curing processes can create caustic vapors which can cause extreme rashes from even relatively controlled contact. Such vapors most often affect the skin of the exposed person, but if inhaled or ingested, the vapors can have drastically toxic reactions in the respiratory and digestive tracts and can lead to blindness if in contact with the eyes. Some folks have even died from this.”

  2. Most WTF thing I’ve seen all day. I can see this on a luxury laptop or custom iPhone case, but a document scanner is just bizarre.

    Oh right, it’s Japanese.

  3. I feel that “luxury” electronics tend to fall into the same trap that “steampunk” electronics often do, only even harder.

    That is, in both cases, the fact that the “luxury” or the “steampunk” is a thin veneer over exactly the same guts that are inside the hundreds of thousands of boring injection molded ABS covered units in the field.

    Because of the extremely high design and tooling costs(compared to the extremely low marginal cost of producing the N+1th unit), having an actual “luxury” electronic device, that isn’t horribly inferior to the mass produced ones, might well be a million+ dollar project in some product categories. This makes it perfectly understandable that such unique products largely don’t exist; but the ones that do are no less disappointing for it.

  4. @ #1

    “And you got these fucking claws and these fangs, man! And you’re looking at your claws and you’re looking at your fangs. And you’re thinking to yourself, you don’t know what to do, man. “I don’t know how to kill the bunny.” With *this* you don’t know how to kill the bunny, do you know what I mean?”

  5. PFU = A subsidiary of Fijitsu that manufactures the SnapScan. Not sure what it stands for, perhaps Paper/Fax Unit?

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