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 TomHorsley
02 Feb 2011, 08:43
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: My Bookscanner works!
Replies: 19
Views: 25508

Re: My Bookscanner works!

rob wrote:I am impressed! Maybe you could use some cheap muffin fans (with ball bearings, of course) for the air?
Or perhaps a small hand vacuum (something like a dustbuster) wouldn't be so noisy, but would generate enough suction.
by TomHorsley
01 Feb 2011, 21:11
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: A480 power supply?
Replies: 7
Views: 5353

Re: A480 power supply?

I was just thinking: I've got a few old ATX computer power supplies laying around. I wonder how many different voltages are available on the different connectors? Might be able to get 5 and 3 volts from one of them. I'll have to lookup what all the different connectors are supposed to provide. (Of c...
by TomHorsley
01 Feb 2011, 19:23
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: A480 power supply?
Replies: 7
Views: 5353

A480 power supply?

I know why everyone likes the A480: They are the only cameras actually obtainable that have the necessary specs. Mine should be coming in this week, direct from canon (refurb units). What I'm wondering is this: Can I power the cameras and the USB trigger all from a single power supply? What voltage ...
by TomHorsley
31 Jan 2011, 21:06
Forum: R&D and New Technologies
Topic: Methods To Sense The 3D Surface/Structure Of A Book
Replies: 358
Views: 198755

Re: Methods To Sense The 3D Surface/Structure Of A Book

Hey, maybe the SyFy channel is good for something after all. Take a look at this gadget: http://greenvilleghost.com/341/green-laser-grid-as-seen-on-ghost-hunters-and-ghost-hunters-international/ Take a picture of the grid on a know flat surface, then another on the book, do a little math (which woul...
by TomHorsley
31 Jan 2011, 20:35
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: auto page turner prototype
Replies: 48
Views: 45631

Re: auto page turner prototype

I was wondering about auto page turning and am trying to decide if it might work better with an upside down platen using gravity to do some of the work. Shove the book up one side of the platen to make an opening for a roller or thumb, pull the page out enough to clear the top of the platen, and let...
by TomHorsley
30 Jan 2011, 13:37
Forum: Introductions and connections
Topic: Post something about yourself here (The Hello Thread)
Replies: 437
Views: 385195

Re: Post something about yourself here (The Hello Thread)

Tom Horsley here, from Delray Beach Florida (with a home depot within walking distance). I have no more space for books, and found this forum just this weekend. I immediately wanted to build one of my own so I could put a lot of books in boxes and clear off some shelf space. I have way too many book...