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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DocuPen X

Post by jrichards » 04 Nov 2009, 15:06

Have any of you heard or tried these DocuPen scanners? Here is an article, they seem pretty impressive but expensive. Wonder how the quality and ease of use is when scanning a book.

http://gizmodo.com/5396959/docupen-x+se ... n-clipping

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Post by rob » 05 Nov 2009, 10:48

Wow, that looks awesome. Great for stealth scanning. "What are you doing?" "Oh, I'm just using this to help me speed-read." "That's not a pen, is it?" "Oh, no, it's a telephone, see? Hello! Hello!"

It still won't work for books with tight bindings, but still...
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Re: DocuPen X

Post by IcantRead » 28 Jan 2010, 20:59

Yeah I had seen one of these a wile back that was the size of a brick. I really wanted one that would scan, ocr, and then text to speach.

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Post by rob » 30 Jan 2010, 10:53

Well, there's always this, by my deity, Ray Kurzweil...
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Post by Antoha-spb » 09 Feb 2010, 17:09

DocuPen is overpriced glamourous gadget for iPadders and corporate Christmas gifts :)

a US$99-worth alternative with 300/600 dpi selectable, 5K pixels CIS, microSD card and a status display is here - http://www.vupointsolutions.com/PDS-ST410-VP.asp

VuPoint declares it will capture up to 50 inch long dox in 300 dpi and up to 25 inch in 600 dpi mode. A request for a sample scan was however left unattended :)

most likely i will buy one ...

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Post by rob » 09 Feb 2010, 18:56

Wow, that looks like a very intriguing device. If you do get it, please post a review! I'd like to know how good the images are, how steady your hand needs to be, how fast it is to scan a page....

Good find!

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Post by rob » 09 Feb 2010, 19:00

Oh, actually it says here [PDF] that 300 x 300 dpi A4 monochrome takes 4 seconds. Apparently 600 x 600 dpi A4 color takes 28 seconds, which I simply cannot imagine working properly.
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Post by Antoha-spb » 15 Feb 2010, 04:18

for books BW 300x300 mode is fairly enough

as to 600x600 colour mode - it's slow but still usable

Yesterday on Alibaba.com found a Chinese clone of VuPoint device and requested a price for one item %)

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Post by DDavid » 15 Feb 2010, 14:02

I'd love to see a review. I'm biased as my early experience with hand
held scanners was very poor but that was when scanners and OCR were
very expensive and it has changed a GREAT deal since then (think 1998).

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