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 MerlinMags
10 Jul 2014, 09:34
Forum: Chat
Topic: Library cataloging software for personal collections?
Replies: 6
Views: 11141

Re: Library cataloging software for personal collections?

I have the same problem. There's about 200 books on my 'wanted' list, and whilst I will only ever find about 10 of them at an affordable price, I don't know which 10, so I've been relying on my memory for the past decade, occasionally ending up with duplicates. It's not so bad when you can ebay them...
by MerlinMags
10 Jul 2014, 09:24
Forum: Chat
Topic: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Replies: 2
Views: 6445

Re: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

I've finally read this book. Almost fell off my chair when a cardboard bookscanner made an appearance! A gripping book, though the ending wasn't quite as exciting as I was hoping for.

Sadly, the book gives the impression that this sort of technology isn't available to the average man on the street.
by MerlinMags
12 May 2014, 08:17
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Real-time OCR and Text-to-Speech with automatic page turning
Replies: 0
Views: 3039

Real-time OCR and Text-to-Speech with automatic page turning

This project seems partly insane but partly admirable. I'll leave you to make up your own minds. There's a camera, Raspberry Pi, and some Lego Mindstorms components used to flip a page, OCR, then read the words out loud with TTS (text-to-speech software). Nothing is stored, this is purely to read th...
by MerlinMags
24 Oct 2013, 08:37
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Fujitsu ScanSnap SV600
Replies: 15
Views: 16017

Re: Fujitsu ScanSnap SV600

I've just read the (independent, but raving) review at http://geekdad.com/2013/10/review-fujitsu-scansnap-sv600-overhead-scanner/ They claim the price is currently USD 795, which is approx GBP 492. Cheaper than I thought! Limitations: Windows only, no Mac version of the software yet You have to manu...
by MerlinMags
04 Mar 2013, 10:54
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Choosing a camera to go with a manual shutter system
Replies: 4
Views: 3551

Re: Choosing a camera to go with a manual shutter system

Thanks, that's great. I expect the one thing they won't tell me is whether the shutter responds instantly to a button press.
by MerlinMags
01 Mar 2013, 06:50
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Choosing a camera to go with a manual shutter system
Replies: 4
Views: 3551

Is it cheaper if I don't use CHDK?

Thank you. I assume that is the standard recommendation when using CHDK? I can buy the A3200 in the UK for 68GBP (just over 100USD)...this is affordable if I buy one, but not two. I'd rather buy new, not secondhand, to get a proper warranty. I was hoping that declining CHDK would open up more possib...
by MerlinMags
28 Feb 2013, 18:43
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Choosing a camera to go with a manual shutter system
Replies: 4
Views: 3551

Choosing a camera to go with a manual shutter system

I feel comfortable building a manual shutter release (e.g. bike brake cable) and would rather not learn how to set up CHDK. Please can I ask how to choose a cheap camera for this situation? What is the simplest possible specification I need to fulfil? I don’t believe this has been listed clearly any...
by MerlinMags
09 Jan 2013, 05:03
Forum: Software
Topic: Booksorber coming soon: Scan with 1 camera and simple setup
Replies: 15
Views: 26625

Re: Booksorber coming soon: Scan with 1 camera and simple se

I see the booksorber software is now on sale for 29 euros. I will give the free trial (10 pages) a go and see how it performs. Am hoping it makes all the software side very simple...
by MerlinMags
20 Nov 2012, 07:17
Forum: R&D and New Technologies
Topic: Google open-sources a DIY page-turning scanner
Replies: 17
Views: 15820

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

I think this is a fantastic invention within our field - this guy has done away with robotic arms with rubber fingertips and other flappy gadgets, and found a very simple way to turn a page without lifting the book up. It can be improved over time to give the accuracy rates we would like to see. Quo...
by MerlinMags
12 Sep 2012, 13:52
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: Hiring a bookscanner out to the public
Replies: 1
Views: 2836

Hiring a bookscanner out to the public

I can't see any other discussions about hiring a bookscanner. I'd like to find out if anyone has considered it. Two reasons really: 1) I'd be tempted to hire one as I don't have time to build one until next year, and 2) If I finally build one, maybe I can recoup the cost by hiring it out. I'm in the...