Google Engineer Builds Automatic ‘Page-Turning Scanner’, Uses Vacuum Cleaner
Google Books engineer Dany Qumsiyeh of has come up with an automatic book-scanning device that could make digitizing physical books more cost efficient and less time-consuming.
The ‘Linear Book Scanner’ is a prototype page-turning scanner that moves a book face-down over linear sensors to capture high-resolution images of each page, and uses vacuum pressure to automatically turn pages as the book moves.
Made with an ordinary vacuum cleaner, the US$1,500 machine is quick to setup and can digitize a 1,000-page book in about 90 minutes or so (depending on the speed of the motor used).
Unlike traditional scanning methods, the Linear Book Scanner doesn’t require someone to operate it once it’s been set in motion.
Google has also made the project available for anyone who’d like to create his or her own automatic book scanner.
For more information on building your own Linear Book Scanner, you can go: here.
[via Google Project Hosting]