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
27 Jan 2010, 03:28
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: DIY mechanical shutter release
Replies: 7
Views: 9167

Re: DIY mechanical shutter release

Using mechanical trigger will allow the USB port to be connected to the computer for downloading. Worth a try. If the USB cable is already connected, shouldn't it be possible to just write a little program to send the required voltage? Or is that not possible if the device is already "in use" by an...
by benjamin
27 Jan 2010, 02:59
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Build Thread: Tulane CIPLC (now with a TON of photos!)
Replies: 7
Views: 10413

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As promised, the real build info. I started out by keeping an eye out for promising garbage while walking the dog. I quickly found this yard sign in a trash can. That supplied the coroplast and this cool wood which could be used for a sliding cradle mechanism. http://iplc.tulane.edu/scanner-build/00...
by benjamin
25 Jan 2010, 18:47
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Build Thread: Tulane CIPLC (now with a TON of photos!)
Replies: 7
Views: 10413

Re: Build Thread: Tulane CIPLC

Crutches indeed. Free from the Green Project. Felt a little guilty, pretty sure they were antique- varnished wood everything including arm pads & handles, and the rubber tips were wrapped with twine around the edges.
by benjamin
25 Jan 2010, 18:35
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Build Thread: Tulane CIPLC (now with a TON of photos!)
Replies: 7
Views: 10413

Build Thread: Tulane CIPLC (now with a TON of photos!)

Well, this first post is kind of just a teaser, because while I've taken photos of every step so far, I don't have them with me. That said, the "beta version" is complete, and I just wanted to share- will add to this thread as more photos are available, and as the scanner develops. The goals for thi...
by benjamin
19 Jan 2010, 03:00
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Thumb Thing In The Way She Moves...
Replies: 4
Views: 5636

Re: Thumb Thing In The Way She Moves...

That makes total sense. Well done!

...also, good call on the hobby store! Headed out tomorrow, Turns out model trains use all kinds of interesting electrical components.
by benjamin
19 Jan 2010, 02:07
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Quick & cheap USB button for tethered cameras
Replies: 0
Views: 5005

Quick & cheap USB button for tethered cameras

Hi folks, For our project, we're tethering our cameras to a workstation computer and shooting directly to the hard drive. Accordingly, the SDM controller described in the instructable won't work for our purposes... so I hacked together a footswitch out of a USB game controller. This is just a test i...
by benjamin
18 Jan 2010, 22:59
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Thumb Thing In The Way She Moves...
Replies: 4
Views: 5636

Re: Thumb Thing In The Way She Moves...

How are you addressing the sliding rod issue discussed in your last thread? I was thinking about something similar and wondered if maybe you could drill out the rivets from two bar clamps and combine them. Mine are all in use, so I can't take an easy picture, but here's a (sloppily) highlighted deta...
by benjamin
18 Jan 2010, 22:35
Forum: Show and Tell / Book Projects
Topic: UK Royal Society rare books online
Replies: 1
Views: 3514

UK Royal Society rare books online

Interesting piece linked from Slashdot today on the UK Royal Society's digitization of the book giving rise to the "Newton was inspired by a falling apple" story. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8461591.stm The article doesn't actually provide the link to the Royal Society, which is a sham...
by benjamin
14 Jan 2010, 18:36
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Archive.org Scribe software?
Replies: 6
Views: 12460

Re: Archive.org Scribe software?

That's funny, I'm working on a similar workflow. It seems like there were a lot of interesting ideas going on here, but almost everything relevant in the sourceforge files could be replaced with a fairly small script referencing gphoto2 and imagemagick. And all one one computer.
by benjamin
14 Jan 2010, 02:42
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Archive.org Scribe software?
Replies: 6
Views: 12460

Re: Archive.org Scribe software?

well, i'm still futzing with the code a little bit, though think i'm gonna go in a different direction... below is a quote from the project gutenberg forums, which i've been going through for the last four hours trying to dig up interesting resources (and there are a fair few, which i'll eventually ...