Hi,I read,the world's first home and hobby cutting machine with a built-in scanner will be available this October.If anyone likes to be the first to know what makes this machine a cut above the rest,and learn more about the Brother™ ScanNCut,please click here
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I found this ScanNCut machine description online here
The ScanNCut is the world's first home and hobby cutting machine with built in scanner gives you the ability to scan almost anything you can get your hands on and place into the machine to cut out. Developed with the advanced, cutting-edge technology the Brother is known for, this machine is truly an incredible innovation in electronic cutting machines.
What makes the ScanNCut a cut above the rest?
300 DPI Built-In Scanner--Scan virtually anything--a handmade drawing, a magazine clipping, cherished photos, and more--and save to your USB for future use. Or, scan the image to create endless cut designs and save to the machine's memory. Never buy a cartridge again
Scan-to-Cut--Scan an image into memory, then edit it on the LCD display. ScanNCut will create cut lines automatically, then cut the design on your material of choice.
840 Built-In Designs, Including Quilt and Applique Patterns--Select one of the 840 designs, edit to your liking, and then have it cut out on your material of choice.
Fabric Cut--Select a built-in design or one you've scanned in and cut fabric for sewing, quilting, and applique. Allows for seam allowance.
Direct-to-Cut--Scan the image with the 300 DPI built-in scanner, then directly cut your material with a single pass.
Pen Draw--Automatically draw your selected built-in or scanned design on fabric or your material of choice. For quilters, select the seam allowance to cut out the variety of fabrics you'll be piecing together.More in the link.
(On Wednesday, January 09, 2013,an European community trademark registration was filed for ScanNCut by Brother Industries,Ltd,link
Edited to add,pictures of the new Brother CM550DX ScanNCut home and hobby cutting machine can be seen here
What do you think,is the new Brother™ ScanNCut machine the biggest advancement in cutting since scissors ?