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 vitorio
17 Jan 2012, 17:33
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Sola Technical's $70 acrylic scanning platform on Ponoko
Replies: 31
Views: 21368

Re: Sola Technical's $70 acrylic scanning platform on Ponoko

Here's what a laser-printer-printed, cut-off-to-fit-8.5x11-paper, ISO 12233 resolution target looks like under the acrylic platen in ambient room light, taken with the Sony camera. The all-acrylic design means you can see all my debris around and behind the scanner, there's light reflecting from all...
by vitorio
14 Dec 2011, 15:01
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: GE X500 bridge camera
Replies: 2
Views: 2914

Re: GE X500 bridge camera

I decided against considering GE cameras. From my notes over on this thread : It also appears that cameras labeled as Bell & Howell, Vivitar and GE are similar model OEM cameras with incredibly poor lenses/sensors/false MP ratings (according to anecdotes on the internet) and should be avoided. Based...
by vitorio
08 Dec 2011, 17:18
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Sola Technical's $70 acrylic scanning platform on Ponoko
Replies: 31
Views: 21368

Re: Sola Technical's $70 acrylic scanning platform on Ponoko

After eagerly following the new model scanner development , I've decided to finish my tests with this scanner before proceeding with that one. So, let's buy a camera and build a blackout tent for it: It's holiday season 2011, you can reasonably get 14MP and 16MP point-and-shoot compact and ultracomp...
by vitorio
08 Dec 2011, 16:58
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: New scanner kit development in Austin, TX, USA?
Replies: 14
Views: 19019

Re: New scanner kit development in Austin, TX, USA?

Hi, I've decided to finish testing my current scanner and cameras before working through the new model.

If someone else wants to organize group cutting, build and assembly, I'd be interested in participating, otherwise I expect to get back to it once I'm done with this first one.

Thanks!
by vitorio
16 Nov 2011, 05:15
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: DIY Book Scanne near Houston?
Replies: 9
Views: 145896

Re: DIY Book Scanne near Houston?

Forum member GaryK is iterating on the new build right now. He's in Tyler, TX, which looks to be about equidistant from Houston as it is from Austin, where I am...
by vitorio
12 Nov 2011, 18:19
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: New scanner kit development in Austin, TX, USA?
Replies: 14
Views: 19019

Re: New scanner kit development in Austin, TX, USA?

Kickstarter isn't a good way to raise money in the general case; it's best for people who already have a large enough circle of interested acquaintances who have the same, and you just need a platform with which to communicate with them and collect money. Daniel Reetz might be able to, for something...
by vitorio
07 Nov 2011, 18:22
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: A DIY Book Scanner In Every Hackerspace /DIY Kit
Replies: 399
Views: 373363

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

Maybe I'm missing something, but where's the advantage in shipping a parts kit vs having the drawings as paper templates? People have varying levels of commitment and different reasons for interest. If there was a pre-made unit I could go to a store and buy, even at twice the price of building it m...
by vitorio
07 Nov 2011, 13:26
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: New scanner kit development in Austin, TX, USA?
Replies: 14
Views: 19019

Re: New scanner kit development in Austin, TX, USA?

I'm waiting to hear back from Make+Shift about the cost to have the plans cut, and I'll probably start on it late next month, I'm guessing. Based on the estimates, it'd probably be $200 in parts plus at least $200 to cut a single set of plans for. I've been quoted around $400 + materials to have th...
by vitorio
07 Nov 2011, 13:17
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: A DIY Book Scanner In Every Hackerspace /DIY Kit
Replies: 399
Views: 373363

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

Here are the files for the DIY Book Scanner v0.9.1. The parts go together well. As a data point, I've been quoted around $400 + materials to have this cut. ~1-2 hours for set up using the Illustrator files, 1+ hours run time at cost. Based on Dan's drawing, and after having put the linkage together...
by vitorio
06 Nov 2011, 23:12
Forum: R&D and New Technologies
Topic: iPod based prototype
Replies: 10
Views: 6511

Re: iPod based prototype

Oh well, what about the more traditional design (without mirrors) and 2 iPods instead of cameras? Is 5MP high enough resolution because it would still be easy for me to code an app on the iPhone/iPod to take the images and transfer them or build a pdf. I think there are other threads talking about ...