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 benjamin
12 Jan 2010, 15:36
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Archive.org Scribe software?
Replies: 6
Views: 12371

Re: Archive.org Scribe software?

I just got email back from the developers. They're no longer working on the project, and say, "The scribe software is engineered specifically for the Internet Archive's custom hardware/camera/computer systems and would probably require significant amounts of tweaking to perform a different custom fu...
by benjamin
12 Jan 2010, 05:50
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Archive.org Scribe software?
Replies: 6
Views: 12371

Archive.org Scribe software?

So Archive.org has a book scanning system called "Scribe," and the software that powers it is available through SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/scribesw/ (note that the "download" link appears to be to a patch or something, you have to go to the files section to get the whole thing. The...
by benjamin
19 Dec 2009, 01:51
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: auto glass?
Replies: 10
Views: 6961

Re: auto glass?

i'm thinking side windows; and sliding rear panels from trucks. i met the guy when he repaired a chip in my '78 F150 (yeah, i coulda done it myself, but I was buying the lifetime warranty). He says he does a lot of older vehicles (thus hopefully a lot of older glass)... I'm not hugely optimisic, but...
by benjamin
19 Dec 2009, 01:41
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Imaging not scanning.
Replies: 10
Views: 8407

Re: Imaging not scanning.

Challenge! One of the perks of my job is access to the Oxford English Dictionary, which contains relevant definitions of " scanner ," suggesting it's a term for an object used for 3.a "scanning or systematically examining all parts of something." or 3.b to "permit the sequential transmission of an i...
by benjamin
18 Dec 2009, 21:05
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: auto glass?
Replies: 10
Views: 6961

Re: auto glass?

well, i'm gonna try to pick some up this weekend and experiment. I'm not too worried about rough edges, as the plan is to make a hinged wooden platen frame and route a channel for the glass. will report back...
by benjamin
18 Dec 2009, 19:01
Forum: Show and Tell / Book Projects
Topic: Your other projects
Replies: 12
Views: 10162

Re: Your other projects

not too long ago i built a force carbonation system for making my own soda & sparkling water. only have an old photo, it's been substantially upgraded since then. http://i47.tinypic.com/2lkcpxi.jpg . i recently mounted a 12x12 movie screen in my shop (for biweekly movie nights!), using a quadraphoni...
by benjamin
18 Dec 2009, 00:32
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: auto glass?
Replies: 10
Views: 6961

auto glass?

I have an unlimited source for auto glass (chances are you do too, those discount windshield places get rid of a dumpster a day). I'm told the laminated (not tempered) stuff can be cut with a dremel + diamond cutting wheel. Anyone have any experience? Suspect it may be more trouble than it's worth (...
by benjamin
16 Dec 2009, 19:34
Forum: Introductions and connections
Topic: Post something about yourself here (The Hello Thread)
Replies: 437
Views: 478006

ciplc

Hey everyone, My name is Ben, I'm an Assistant Research Fellow at the Tulane Center for Intellectual Property Law & Culture (we're the project mentioned in the WIRED article). We're building a scanner in order to digitize several thousand government documents as part of a larger project to develop s...