Scanner may refer to:
  • WikiScanner
    WikiScanner was a tool which consisted of a publicly searchable database that linked millions of anonymous edits on the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia to the organizations where those edits apparently originated, by cross-referencing the edits with data on the owners of the associated block of...

    , a tool that provides a searchable database of anonymous Wikipedia edits
  • A personality type described by self-help author Barbara Sher
    Barbara Sher
    Barbara Sher is a speaker, career/lifestyle coach, and best-selling author of seven books on goal achievement. Her books have sold millions of copies and been translated into many languages. She has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, 60 Minutes, CNN, and Good Morning America and her public...


  • Scanner (radio)
    Scanner (radio)
    A scanner is a radio receiver that can automatically tune, or scan, two or more discrete frequencies, stopping when it finds a signal on one of them and then continuing to scan other frequencies when the initial transmission ceases....

    , for searching for and receiving radio broadcasts
  • Image scanner
    Image scanner
    In computing, an image scanner—often abbreviated to just scanner—is a device that optically scans images, printed text, handwriting, or an object, and converts it to a digital image. Common examples found in offices are variations of the desktop scanner where the document is placed on a glass...

    , which digitizes a two-dimensional image
    • 3D scanner
      3D scanner
      A 3D scanner is a device that analyzes a real-world object or environment to collect data on its shape and possibly its appearance . The collected data can then be used to construct digital, three dimensional models....

      , which digitizes the three-dimensional shape of a real object
  • Port scanner
    Port scanner
    A port scanner is a software application designed to probe a server or host for open ports. This is often used by administrators to verify security policies of their networks and by attackers to identify running services on a host with the view to compromise it.A port scan or portscan is "An attack...

    , in computer networking
  • Vulnerability scanner
    Vulnerability scanner
    A vulnerability scanner is a computer program designed to assess computers, computer systems, networks or applications for weaknesses. There are a number of types of vulnerability scanners available today, distinguished from one another by a focus on particular targets...

    , a computer program that probes for weaknesses
  • Barcode reader
    Barcode reader
    A barcode reader is an electronic device for reading printed barcodes. Like a flatbed scanner, it consists of a light source, a lens and a light sensor translating optical impulses into electrical ones...

    , which reads the data encoded in a barcode
  • Lexical analyzer
    Lexical analysis
    In computer science, lexical analysis is the process of converting a sequence of characters into a sequence of tokens. A program or function which performs lexical analysis is called a lexical analyzer, lexer or scanner...

    , a computer program
  • Stepper
    A stepper is a device used in the manufacture of integrated circuits that is similar in operation to a slide projector or a photographic enlarger. Steppers are an essential part of the complex process, called photolithography, that creates millions of microscopic circuit elements on the surface of...

    , a part of the photolithography process
  • A rotating radar
    Radar is an object-detection system which uses radio waves to determine the range, altitude, direction, or speed of objects. It can be used to detect aircraft, ships, spacecraft, guided missiles, motor vehicles, weather formations, and terrain. The radar dish or antenna transmits pulses of radio...

  • An outside broadcasting
    Outside broadcasting
    Outside broadcasting is the electronic field production of television or radio programmes from a mobile remote broadcast television studio. Professional video camera and microphone signals come into the production truck for processing, recording and possibly transmission...

     control vehicle
  • An automotive electronic control unit
    Electronic control unit
    In automotive electronics, electronic control unit is a generic term for any embedded system that controls one or more of the electrical systems or subsystems in a motor vehicle....

     diagnostic tool
  • An automated spotlight
  • A biometric scanner, an electronic device with a sensor
    A sensor is a device that measures a physical quantity and converts it into a signal which can be read by an observer or by an instrument. For example, a mercury-in-glass thermometer converts the measured temperature into expansion and contraction of a liquid which can be read on a calibrated...

     to read patterns or images from faces, irises and finger pads to create a biological template or profile

Popular culture

  • Scanner (comics)
    Scanner (comics)
    Scanner , otherwise known as Screener, is a mutant in the Marvel Comics universe-Fictional character biography:As a member of the Acolytes, Scanner served as a scout that would survey the area before the others arrived, using her mutant ability to project an astral form to travel great distances...

    , a mutant appearing primarily in X-Men
    The X-Men are a superhero team in the . They were created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, and first appeared in The X-Men #1...

  • Scanner (band)
    Scanner (band)
    Scanner is a power metal band that was formed in 1986. They released their first album, Hypertrace, in 1988 through Noise Records. The band has split up and rejoined at least twice since its creation and its only remaining original band member is the guitarist Axel A.J. Julius.-Members:*Efthimios...

    , a German speed metal band
  • Scanners (band)
    Scanners (band)
    -History:The band was initially formed by Matthew Mole and Sarah Daly around 2004, who after...

    , an alternative band from London
  • The stage name of British electronic musician Robin Rimbaud
    Robin Rimbaud
    Robin Rimbaud is an electronic musician who works under the name Scanner due to his use of cell phone and police scanners in live performance...

  • Scanner (Code Lyoko), a fictional teleportation device
  • Scanner (Half-Life), a floating enemy in the Half-Life video game series
  • Scanners Live in Vain
    Scanners Live in Vain
    "Scanners Live in Vain" is a science fiction short story by Cordwainer Smith , set in his Instrumentality of Mankind future history. It was originally published in the magazine Fantasy Book in 1950...

    , a science fiction short story by Cordwainer Smith
  • A Scanner Darkly
    A Scanner Darkly
    A Scanner Darkly is a BSFA Award winning 1977 science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick. The semi-autobiographical story is set in a dystopian Orange County, California, in the then-future of June 1994...

    , a science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick
  • Scanners
    Scanners is a 1981 science-fiction horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg and starring Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Michael Ironside, and Patrick McGoohan...

    , a 1981 science fiction horror film
  • In much science fiction
    Science fiction
    Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities...

    , especially older science fiction, the term scanner is used to refer to what is usually now termed a monitor.
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