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 mellow-yellow
21 Feb 2013, 19:18
Forum: Tutorials/How-To's
Topic: Most Efficient Workflow / Process Available Currently
Replies: 16
Views: 31311

Re: Most Efficient Workflow / Process Available Currently

Just a quick update on our workflow: I've posted a roughly 7-minute "book to e-book" video showing my current (fastest) workflow:



Enjoy!
by mellow-yellow
31 Jan 2013, 02:10
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: DIY Book Scanner Kits Now Available!
Replies: 104
Views: 65650

Re: DIY Book Scanner Kits Now Available!

Is anyone seeing glare issues with the LED light? See image below. I did cover the top of the scanner with dark cloth. Maybe the angle of the left platen wall in my setup isn't high enough? I haven't yet tried a diffuser or adjusting the height of the lamp... In case this helps anyone else, the sol...
by mellow-yellow
27 Aug 2012, 18:59
Forum: "Destructive" Scanning
Topic: Sheet Fed Scanner for Destructive Scanning
Replies: 17
Views: 28412

Re: Sheet Fed Scanner for Destructive Scanning

Here is the Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwrel&v=-M95Ob4kIak&NR=1 I recently scanned 158 books using the Scansnap S1500, after MinuteMan press, a print shop chain with a franchise in Portland, OR, removed the bindings with their ream cutter per book for under $2 each. As Dani...
by mellow-yellow
24 Jul 2012, 14:29
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: DIY Book Scanner Kits Now Available!
Replies: 104
Views: 65650

Re: DIY Book Scanner Kits Now Available!

Is anyone seeing glare issues with the LED light? See image below. I did cover the top of the scanner with dark cloth. Maybe the angle of the left platen wall in my setup isn't high enough? I haven't yet tried a diffuser or adjusting the height of the lamp...
by mellow-yellow
12 Jul 2012, 16:10
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: DIY Book Scanner Kits Now Available!
Replies: 104
Views: 65650

Re: DIY Book Scanner Kits Now Available!

Be sure to paint the scanner black! This is NOT for looks (although it does look cool) but to reduce glare. Your city may, like Portland, OR, offer a discount-priced recycled paint program. Ours, called Metropaint (http://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=521/), charges just $10 for a gallo...
by mellow-yellow
12 Jul 2012, 16:03
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Cameras for the Hackerspace Scanner
Replies: 77
Views: 52930

Re: Cameras for the Hackerspace Scanner

I have 2 of these and CHDK working. The cameras are not slow. In fact, they're faster than my two SX200IS, but you must default 2 second Review mode. Also, CHDK is more difficult to get working than the SX200IS, but it's possible. The SX200IS also has more zoom stops (see my post here http://chdk.se...
by mellow-yellow
12 Jul 2012, 15:33
Forum: Software
Topic: Booksorber coming soon: Scan with 1 camera and simple setup
Replies: 15
Views: 19144

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

Thanks Georg for posting this. It seems possible to accomplish much of this with open source software. In fact, it got me curious if CHDK could handle this, using its motion detection scripting, so I posted the question here: http://chdk.setepontos.com/index.php?topic=8303.msg87752#msg87752 In fact,...
by mellow-yellow
26 Jun 2012, 12:06
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: A DIY Book Scanner In Every Hackerspace /DIY Kit
Replies: 392
Views: 216376

Re: A DIY Book Scanner In Every Hackerspace /DIY Kit

Thanks dpc! Working solutions: #1: Temporarily removed clamps in favor of electrical trigger #2: See video #3: Disabled "widescreen", which opened the top and bottom of the viewfinder enough to position the gutter on the bottom of the frame. #4: Set white balance to auto removed the blue. (BTW, I'm ...
by mellow-yellow
25 Jun 2012, 02:08
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: A DIY Book Scanner In Every Hackerspace /DIY Kit
Replies: 392
Views: 216376

Re: A DIY Book Scanner In Every Hackerspace /DIY Kit

I'm getting closer to the complete assembly of this Hackerspace Build. This video shows both mechanical and electrical (http://www.sakeoftruth.com/2010/04/usb-remote-w-o-batteries-starting-the-book-scanner-project-pt-1/ using StereoDataMaker) triggers in operation. Observations/questions: 1. I need ...
by mellow-yellow
21 Jun 2012, 18:05
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: DIY Book Scanner mechanical trigger instructions
Replies: 15
Views: 11373

Re: DIY Book Scanner mechanical trigger instructions

dpc, yes photos, videos, or other instructions would be a big help! Daniel, thoughts?