Had to join just to leave you a comment on your excellent little gem of a game. Found out about it in PC Gamer, now I'm really looking forward to your steam release.
This reminds me of Metroid Prime games' scanning mechanic and also the camera from Beyond Good and Evil (love that game).
I hope the full game will give you flavor text for each of the lifeforms you scan. Also you should get more data from the first of each type you scan and less from scanning the same one again (just a thought).