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

Open source software AND Hardware camera

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Open source software AND Hardware camera

Post by patprimate » 30 Aug 2010, 19:58

I came across an open source software AND hardware camera today - http://www3.elphel.com/ - and instantly thought of the DIY book scanner project. In many ways it seems like the perfect fit for the crowd here, unfortunately it seams to be a little pricey still :( Hopefully their prices come down to an affordable level.



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Re: Open source software AND Hardware camera

Post by Misty » 31 Aug 2010, 09:16

Interesting! I hadn't heard about this before. I like the concept of an open camera.

It looks like they're targeting motion applications though, and the sensor resolution is limited to 5mp. That's fairly low res by still camera standards even though it's better than HD video, and that might be a bit too limited for most book scanning. It can't quite get 300dpi for a 9-inch tall book assuming you completely fill the frame and have no wasted space.
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Re: Open source software AND Hardware camera

Post by Tim » 31 Aug 2010, 13:21

A somewhat similar project that people may be interested in is Camera 2.0. Their focus is on an open source and open hardware camera for computational photography. That means advanced photography things like high accuracy timing, HDR, flash-noflash, and other things that would probably be major overkill for our purposes here, but very cool nonetheless. Their prototype runs Linux on an ARM platform and they are shooting for DSLR level sensors with the next version. Their software also runs on Nokia N900 smartphones to do pretty advanced stuff.

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