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Smithsonian Institution book scanner

Posted: 29 Apr 2010, 11:00
by rob
Here's a short video of the Smithsonian Institution's book scanner in action. It has a neat platen mechanism, shown at 1:30.

Re: Smithsonian Institution book scanner

Posted: 29 Apr 2010, 16:08
by cratylus
Genius!

Re: Smithsonian Institution book scanner

Posted: 29 Apr 2010, 17:28
by daniel_reetz
That's an Archive.org Scribe scanner! I totally got tons of pictures of it while at the IA in Toronto. It's treadle-operated.

I borrowed the cam with the pictures on it to my friend. I'll ask him to return it and show all the details of the mechanism here... They were like "yeah! take pictures! copy it!". ;)

Re: Smithsonian Institution book scanner

Posted: 30 Apr 2010, 09:31
by Misty
The software they show looks like they're using a similar display system to Archive.org too. Do they have a partnership going on?

Re: Smithsonian Institution book scanner

Posted: 01 May 2010, 07:44
by daniel_reetz
Gabe at the Archive told me that they've sold some Scribe scanners to make money -- so I'm guessing that's how they got it. It's most definitely a Scribe, I think the software is the same, too.

Re: Smithsonian Institution book scanner

Posted: 11 May 2010, 00:41
by univurshul
this is really slick...it looks like its a race in these booths, but manually operated...I just went through 4 books of water damage and an auto-tuner would have been straight comedy to watch.

What do you guys think about a platen at this angle? I'm building my third platen and thought about a much wider angle before seeing the Smith's. this kind of re-inforces an idea, but I'm wondering about glued spines on books getting too much crease from splaying open from a wider angle.

I'd rather stand when scanning, but a foot switch is cool idea as well. But with routing trigger cable around to the back of the platen, all I need is a sturdy picture frame to tie together the panes.

...Wondering if a glass shop can create a seamless "V" center by torching or magic, and at what price...hmmm.

Re: Smithsonian Institution book scanner

Posted: 16 May 2010, 15:04
by Antoha-spb
univurshul wrote:
...Wondering if a glass shop can create a seamless "V" center by torching or magic, and at what price...hmmm.
Plexiglass shop made me a platen with a perfect 90 deg. angle for just ~$20