Originally Posted by user
the camera problem is that cameras cant create an image of the quality of a scanner (low resolution, much distortion, many artifacts, needs specific lighting conditions, specific camera angles, camera needs megapixels 35MP or more to reach scanners' 300dpi resolution) and we need expensive equipment to achieve results as a scanner easily does, however they are very fast
this scanner will look as if you take two flatbed scanners and bind them as a book
With 10 Mpixels camera you get over 300 dpi for A4 format, over 600 for A5, and over 1200 dpi for your collection of small print business cards.
Cost is minimal. Just a tripod and do-it-yourself v-cradle. Today, you need a digital camera anyway on all kind of occasions.
A v-shaped scanner plus automated turning of pages (mechanical or pneumatic) would be a breakthrough. HP already offers some see-through scanners, and that technology would be appropriate for the v-shaped design. I hope somebody from HP or their competitors will read this and make it work (you should better go to the Patent Office before them).
With all that, the v-cradle will be a choice for home and non-corporate users, and will help you copy even large size documents or newspaper pages without spending a lot of money.