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

Hand Scanner Setup

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Hand Scanner Setup

Post by searle » 27 Mar 2011, 14:21


Instead of using cameras to take the pics - has anyone come up w/ a design that includes a hand scanner:

http://cgi.ebay.ca/Portable-Wireless-60 ... 7440wt_964

Perhaps something that has a single rail attached a little above the books thickness with this scanner attached. I've never really used this, but are there any thoughts on this type of setup?


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Re: Hand Scanner Setup

Post by rob » 31 Mar 2011, 08:44

We've definitely looked at these devices from time to time. I think the consensus is that using cameras is faster, because you image the entire page rather than one line at a time. On the other hand, the resolution for a scanner head would be higher than that of a camera. Nevertheless, cameras are getting higher and higher pixel counts all the time.
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Re: Hand Scanner Setup

Post by Moonboy242 » 01 Apr 2011, 13:41

I had that exact scanner for a few days while I was building my first bookscanner. It didn't work well:

- Like a flatbed scanner there is an edge all the way around the optic window and the scanner couldn't get into the inside gutters of the books... especially paperbacks.

- You have to roll the scanner along the page in a constant motion, at a constant speed, and maintain that motion in a completely even manner. It's hard to do without a fram or guide, and the text inevitably came out with a huge amount of warping.

It's just not very good for archive quality media conversion. I bought one of these almost 8 years back. It works much better, but it's still not great:

http://www.superwarehouse.com/HP_ScanJe ... L/p/335523
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Re: Hand Scanner Setup

Post by daniel_reetz » 01 Apr 2011, 18:23

Antoha-SPB reviewed a similar device here:

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