Daniel Reetz, the founder of the DIY Book Scanner community, has recently started making videos of prototyping and shop tips. If you are tinkering with a book scanner (or any other project) in your home shop, these tips will come in handy. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn0gq8 ... g_8K1nfInQ

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by Abarbour
04 Sep 2013, 14:00
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Scanning 5x7 Index Cards - Help?!
Replies: 9
Views: 6993

Re: Scanning 5x7 Index Cards - Help?!

I would echo the suggestions above re a scanner - not unlike the Fujitsu ScanSnap. I have a half dozen of the ix500s and they are great! I did a quick test with ten 5x7 index cards. The scanner/SW completed the entire operation in 1 minute give or take. You could probably have one operator keep thre...
by Abarbour
02 Dec 2012, 09:57
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Camera Triggering
Replies: 42
Views: 64907

Re: Camera Triggering

The one I think will be most useful is light level - once you get the page turned, you bring up the lights to illuminate the page, and the camera notices the change and takes the picture. not a criticism.. more of an observation.. If I was the operator I would feel like I needed a drink in my hand ...
by Abarbour
19 Nov 2012, 19:21
Forum: R&D and New Technologies
Topic: Google open-sources a DIY page-turning scanner
Replies: 17
Views: 13456

Re: Google open-sources a DIY page-turning scanner

I wonder if using this page turning method with a dual camera set-up would be a viable option?? Leverage current investment in cameras and software... Obviously, the angle of the platen would need to be increased (without having to do keystone correction on the images). Anyone else think this is a v...
by Abarbour
06 Nov 2012, 15:51
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Finished my scanner
Replies: 45
Views: 77292

Re: Finished my scanner

daniel_reetz wrote:I believe most of the information in the wiki came from this thread.

We'll bring it back, but we have to de-hack it first.
If you are able to salvage the notes on this - that would be great! This is an awesome looking build. Thanks!
by Abarbour
20 Oct 2012, 01:38
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Pentax X-5
Replies: 4
Views: 2835

Re: Pentax X-5

I tried the one IR remote in various locations but it was slightly unreliable at getting both cameras to fire. I built my own IR extenders (http://cdnsupport.gateway.com/s/accessor/8015589R/IR-DONGLE.jpg) out of some Cat 5, popsicle sticks, and hot glue. They plug into arduino control box with RJ45 ...
by Abarbour
20 Oct 2012, 01:38
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Pentax X-5
Replies: 4
Views: 2835

Re: Pentax X-5

I tried the one IR remote in various locations but it was slightly unreliable at getting both cameras to fire. I built my own IR extenders (http://cdnsupport.gateway.com/s/accessor/8015589R/IR-DONGLE.jpg) out of some Cat 5, popsicle sticks, and hot glue. They plug into arduino control box with RJ45 ...
by Abarbour
12 Oct 2012, 16:00
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Pentax X-5
Replies: 4
Views: 2835

Pentax X-5

Just bought two Pentax X-5s Not perfect - but close.... - 16MP - optical zoom - manual focus - ability to shoot on external power (and AC adapters are cheap/accessible - 4.3V standard plug) Price $269 at Henry's http://www.henrys.com/73480-PENTAX-X-5-BLACK-16MP-26X-CMOS-3-LCD-TLIT.aspx Now the downs...
by Abarbour
02 Oct 2012, 22:54
Forum: R&D and New Technologies
Topic: Microsoft Kinect: infrared depth maps for dewarping?
Replies: 61
Views: 43380

Re: Microsoft Kinect: infrared depth maps for dewarping?

Unsure if this deserves a separate post.... or not as it is not about Kinect.... but another option that may move this ahead faster (and cheaper)... Point Grey makes top notch cameras with full access to drivers that may be interesting.... http://www.ptgrey.com/products/fireflymv/fireflymv_usb2_cmos...
by Abarbour
26 Sep 2012, 22:35
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Sony Alpha A390 - experience?
Replies: 2
Views: 1838

Re: Sony Alpha A390 - experience?

I concur - not having the wired remote is a deal breaker for me... guess I am returning the two I bought once they arrive! Will be looking into the Canon CHDK.
by Abarbour
25 Sep 2012, 16:09
Forum: R&D and New Technologies
Topic: RepRap 3D Print a Book Scanner Body
Replies: 4
Views: 5259

Re: RepRap 3D Print a Book Scanner Body

My 'Spidey Senses' are telling me that 3D printing the entire thing would be too costly (filament cost alone would be in the $100 range - assuming 3-4kg of material - let alone labour/wastage/set-up costs) Printing connectors for use with readily accessible and easily cut bulk materials (threaded ro...