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 IcantRead
10 Feb 2010, 01:07
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Brainstorming ways to increase throughput
Replies: 9
Views: 3907

Re: Brainstorming ways to increase throughput

I think you may get the same speed out of two book scanners. It could save on cost though. The literal book scanning is not were the time goes, that takes little to no time, most of it is post processing. I scanned 300 pages in like 40 mins last night, but it took me 1 to 2 hours just to get one 50 ...
by IcantRead
09 Feb 2010, 13:57
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: My first book scanner.
Replies: 66
Views: 47715

Re: My first book scanner.

Yeah I had thought of using stepper motors, or electronic linear actuators. The problem I have have thought about with the stepper motors is I wanted to have it press down the book, I could just add more wait to it but then I would need a bigger stepper. The electronic linear actuators would work gr...
by IcantRead
08 Feb 2010, 20:58
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Bulk imge editor?
Replies: 2
Views: 2933

Re: Bulk imge editor?

I have found that the "auto contrast" button on google picasa works very well for scanned text. I'm not sure if you could do batched editing with it though. Its worth checking out. I found a link that tells you how to use the bulk "auto contrast" http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Picasa/thread?t...
by IcantRead
08 Feb 2010, 20:52
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: after ABBYY
Replies: 2
Views: 3317

Re: after ABBYY

I love text-aloud. I'm using at&t mike I think that's what it is. Funny thing they use the same voice over the intercom at the Pheonix airport.
by IcantRead
08 Feb 2010, 20:01
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: My first book scanner.
Replies: 66
Views: 47715

Re: My first book scanner.

I have seen a lot of small pneumatic's online lately, like robotics ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50SEmXDh6Bw ). I was thinking that that would make a great camera press. Dose anyone know anything about these, like how much they cost or where I could get them? Also I was thinking about a pneumati...
by IcantRead
08 Feb 2010, 18:09
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: My first book scanner.
Replies: 66
Views: 47715

Re: My first book scanner.

I used apple ply for the extentions. I did notice a slight tilt in my pictures how ever it was not anything to worrie about. All in all I like my camera mounts.
by IcantRead
08 Feb 2010, 12:27
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: My first book scanner.
Replies: 66
Views: 47715

Re: My first book scanner.

Yeah, the right side of the cradle. The only thing holding it to the bookscanner is two metal bars that are glued into the other side. I'll send some pics later when I get home.
by IcantRead
08 Feb 2010, 01:48
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: My first book scanner.
Replies: 66
Views: 47715

Re: My first book scanner.

So I made the camera mounts. I thought I was going to have to cut a channel in my back board to bolt on the camera mounts, however they where tight enough together that they slipped on and stayed. So I finally did some scanning, and my right side of the platen sags a little because of the fact that ...
by IcantRead
05 Feb 2010, 20:26
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: My first book scanner.
Replies: 66
Views: 47715

Re: My first book scanner.

So the camera mount, mounts on the backboard. It is free to slide up and down in the y axis, and the camera can move front and back in the x axis. Do you think this will work?

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by IcantRead
05 Feb 2010, 19:41
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Master Index of All Scanner Builds.
Replies: 18
Views: 110435

Re: Master Index of All Scanner Builds.

I have a real picture of my book scanner now, if you wanted to put that one up.