Robo Reader

Road warriors sometimes carry around electronic organizers to keep track of appointments and contacts. Panasonic Co. recently introduced a paperback-size version that doubles as a business-card reader. The $400 NeoFile CF-CR100 employs optical character recognition to scan and store data on up to 500 business cards. Panasonic says the unit is 96% accurate. As with other business-card scanners, it failed to capture correctly the BUSINESS WEEK logo printed in red on my card. But users can edit the results and search by name or company. An optional link lets you transfer data to a PC.