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

Google Books & Rhythm

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Google Books & Rhythm

Post by prior » 06 Jun 2010, 14:33

This is my first post proper so many apologies if this is in the wrong place or has been discussed already...

Has anyone seen a patent Google filed back in 2003 ("Pacing and error monitoring of manual page turning operator") that outlines a scanner with speakers that would play some kind of music or tempo to help the people scanning maintain a rhythm. It also mentions how a poorly-scanned page could be recognized in realtime and generate an audio signal to alert the scanner operator — presumably a bum note...

Not sure if it's ok to post pictures from the patent so I'll just link to the post that I first found...

http://www.seobythesea.com/?p=3077


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Post by Misty » 07 Jun 2010, 09:08

Interesting (and weird) patent. I haven't heard of this before - thanks for posting! I don't know if they ever actually used this.
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Post by benjamin » 27 Jun 2010, 01:10

we've just started implementing our software in a production environment, and the first piece of feedback I got was a request for an audio prompt when the system was ready to take the next shot. we talked for a while about what kind of sound would be unobtrusive but facilitate falling into a rhythm since once the first few pages are shot image preview kind of becomes redundant. the error reporting concept is new, i like it.

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Post by Misty » 28 Jun 2010, 09:12

I think I mentioned it before, but the Internet Archive Scribe machines actually disable preview altogether for that reason. They found it becomes more of a distraction than a help, and that it's more effective to only review the images after shooting all pages.
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