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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Post by rob » 30 Dec 2009, 11:35

Ray Kurzweil reinvents the book. If I had a deity I prayed to regularly, Ray Kurzweil would be it. :P

He's betting against one-function book readers, putting software on a tablet. I'm of two minds: on the one hand, I like the idea of a single-purpose ereader. On the other hand, it's Ray Kurzweil. And, the Blio software is free.

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Post by daniel_reetz » 30 Dec 2009, 11:52

OMG, Blio + a Pixel Qi screen would be outstanding.

Also, Kurzweil has been a huge help to the blind. I'd bet his formats are more open and accessible than all the other publishing efforts so far.

Isn't this somewhat similar to the way Kindle software now runs on iPhone, PC, and Mac (at least I think I read that somewhere?)?

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Post by rob » 30 Dec 2009, 13:10

Somewhat similar, in that Amazon et al offers their software for free on PCs. Different in that the Blio software is designed with touchscreen tablets in mind. Plus, the GUI is well thought-out, and not just "let's throw together a GUI for a PC version and push it out the door so we get another checkmark in reviews".
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Post by rob » 07 Jan 2010, 12:31

I definitely like the page-flipping ability. That's roughly how I know where to look something up in a book: flip through the pages until I recognize something familiar, then go page by page.

I sent a message to the Blio folks asking if the software will be available on OSX (because the blio site only mentions Windows), and if I'll be able to load my own PDFs.
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Post by rob » 07 Jan 2010, 16:11

The Blio folks said that OSX software would be available in the Spring, iPhone in February, and you will be able to import PDFs.
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Post by spamsickle » 07 Jan 2010, 17:46

daniel_reetz wrote:OMG, Blio + a Pixel Qi screen would be outstanding.
The Notion Ink Adam is supposed to be available by June 2010. At an anticipated $400, it may be a bit pricey for an e-reader, but I'm seriously considering it.

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Post by DSpider » 07 Jan 2010, 18:33

The article said $300. And yes it's fat. But it's also a prototype.

Will be waiting for Blio to come out on iPhone OS (because I have an iPod touch).

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Post by spamsickle » 07 Jan 2010, 19:36

The article said $300, but the "original info" to which it referred said $325, which other sources speculated was going to be the price in the country of origin (India), while the stateside price would be more like $400. But the projected price is somewhere between $300 and $400, and the projected release date is June. Since their tradeshow prototype doesn't even have its touchpad attached, I wouldn't be surprised if all of these projections turn out to be optimistic.

Maybe someone else will even have a Pixel Qi on the shelves before they do.

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Re: Blio ereader

Post by rob » 23 Jan 2010, 00:39

So thinking about the Blio software and its obvious target of iSlate/iWhatever devices, it occurred to me that Ray Kurzweil is "pulling a Book Reader for the Blind" again. He originally developed his book reader, a device which snaps a picture of a page and then reads it to you, back in 1975. It was huge, unwieldy, and simply not suited to the technology of the time.

There's a picture of a version from 1984 here.

Anyway, he developed it because he knew that the accelerating curve of technology would eventually catch up to the point where all the software and hardware would fit into a small, handheld device. And so it did, in 2005.

Ray has said that the Blio software is intended for use on a device that doesn't just display books. I think he's counting on that accelerating rate of progress again to give us a device as convenient, as light, and as easy on the eyes as today's eInk-based readers (or Pixel Qi), but as powerful as a full desktop computer.

Or, I could just be worshipping Ray again :)
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