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 DrCheap
06 Apr 2012, 21:00
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: scan-manager -- python app for controlling tethered cameras
Replies: 99
Views: 67505

Re: scan-manager -- python app for controlling tethered came

I'd be happy to test this on my pair of a480 cameras if that would be helpful. Can install SDM or CHDK or use stock firmware, as you deem best.
by DrCheap
06 Apr 2012, 20:55
Forum: R&D and New Technologies
Topic: X200 usb scanner
Replies: 3
Views: 3566

Re: X200 usb scanner

Looks like 5mp interlaced. I think the camera itself might only be 2mp. Small LED lights don't promise much lighting, especially with only 5v USB powering the lights.

The pricing is quite cheap, though.

My best estimate is that this is just a webcam on a fancy stand.
by DrCheap
06 Apr 2012, 20:45
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Two Camera/One Switch Solution (Finally)
Replies: 10
Views: 11497

Re: Two Camera/One Switch Solution (Finally)

CHDK has a beta version for the ELPH 100: http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/ELPH100
by DrCheap
02 Apr 2012, 17:40
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Museum glass: before and after shots
Replies: 12
Views: 10096

Re: Museum glass: before and after shots

Thanks for the feedback and ideas. I may well have to buy in bulk and then have it cut. I have emailed TrueVue to ask whether we can laser-cut the glass sheets or if that will cause separation of the AR coating (I know we cannot laser cut the non-glare acrylic, but they don't say either way about th...
by DrCheap
01 Apr 2012, 20:07
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Museum glass: before and after shots
Replies: 12
Views: 10096

Re: Museum glass: before and after shots

So, I have been doing a fair deal of research and reading on glass types and, setting aside acrylic, in the world of glass proper, three general categories emerged: - Regular/plain : clear, cheap, ~8% reflection, can cause significant reflection of specific images - Non-glare or "reflection-control"...
by DrCheap
24 Jan 2012, 23:03
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: Looking to Hire a Builder (SC/NC/GA area)
Replies: 3
Views: 3674

Looking to Hire a Builder (SC/NC/GA area)

I'm looking for someone willing to take on the job of building a book scanner for me. I'll pay for parts and reasonable labor. I'm looking for something functional and durable with high ease of use. I have a pair of A480s and will buy the remote trigger for them, so this is base, platen, lighting wo...
by DrCheap
08 Jan 2012, 23:10
Forum: Lighting
Topic: Portable Build Lighting Question
Replies: 24
Views: 37195

Re: Portable Build Lighting Question

Thanks for the quick reply, Daniel. That certainly looks quite durable and easy to mount. I bet I could easily make the light and even the mounting arm modular, so they could be excluded from the setup in environments where they don't want me shining additional lighting on the document/book. With on...
by DrCheap
08 Jan 2012, 19:05
Forum: Lighting
Topic: Portable Build Lighting Question
Replies: 24
Views: 37195

Portable Build Lighting Question

First, thank you, thank you, thank you. I have been working with an off-shelf top-down desktop camera stand and digital camera for some time and was struggling with the poor quality of images of bound materials when I found this forum. So, now I am working on a relatively inexpensive portable build ...