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Old 04-20-2009, 05:15 PM   #1
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DIY High-speed Book Scanner Plans

I just published a lengthy Instructable on how to build a book scanner using salvage materials and cheap cameras. I also have software to process the output into PDFs, though it is very much a work-in-progress.

Thought you guys might enjoy seeing it, maybe some of you will make one? I'll do my best to support anyone who makes the attempt.

The quality of the samples on that page DO NOT reflect the best this scanner can do -- I was in a hurry to get it done before the Instructables deadline.

I've been lurking around the site ever since I got a PRS-500 cheap with a Sony card, but I was so bummed with the resolution/software that I ended up selling it.

PS. If you have an account at Instructables, please vote for my project!
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Didn't have an account but the tutorial was excellent!
So I created one and voted for your instructions.


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Old 04-20-2009, 07:38 PM   #3
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Wow, thanks =X=. Hope others enjoy it as much as you did.
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:53 PM   #4
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:20 PM   #5
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Thanks for the heads-up. I just headed over there.
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:29 AM   #6
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Good job, Daniel.

Unfortunately it's horribly complicated :-)

Just yesterday I've assembled a do-it-yourself-in-10-minutes-or-so book scanner as shown here: http://www.infanata.org/news/1146100...-pomoshhi.html.

The page is in Russian but the pictures are most important.

Here's Google Translation: http://translate.google.com/translat...istory_state0=
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Old 04-21-2009, 01:02 PM   #7
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Я говорю по-русски.

Nice project!

I think we have somewhat different goals and different audiences.

I wanted to make a very fast scanner with very consistent output that automatically produces PDF output with free software. Your scanner a very nice minimal improvisation, but it won't go as fast, and the output will not be as consistent.

Some of the complexity in my design is simply because *I* was improvising with what I had around me. I explained every little detail of the construction so that even someone with no building experience could make one. If you already know what you're doing, you can simply skip those steps.
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Old 04-21-2009, 01:10 PM   #8
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Thanks, but this wasn't my idea. I just found the page I mentioned above and did what its authors propose.

I'll try your idea in a few months or so I hope.

BTW. I can barely read Cyrillic alphabet ;-) I'm Polish.
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Old 04-21-2009, 02:21 PM   #9
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Ha, funny. English is my native language but I misunderstood you. Sorry about that.

If you do go ahead with building a scanner, please contact me if you need anything. It would be great if other people built some.
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Old 06-11-2009, 04:30 PM   #10
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They have their own forum now.

http://www.diybookscanner.org
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:33 AM   #11
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i designed less complicated diy book scanner than russians two years ago and scanned tens of books since then . over 800 pages a3 size page book takes less than an hour
here is a sample book both pdf and doc format incase you want to check the quality. the book is in turkish
http://rapidshare.com/files/15913845...elojisi_ed.rar
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http://rapidshare.com/files/12282036...Mitolojisi.rar

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Old 06-19-2009, 10:44 AM   #12
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Don't suppose you have any photos of this wondrous contraption? Less complicated is always a bonus for those starting out.
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Old 06-19-2009, 11:06 AM   #13
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i should digg my hdd to find them. otherwise i have to retake the photos
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Old 06-19-2009, 11:57 AM   #14
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I'd love to see your book scanner as well.
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:11 PM   #15
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hi again, sorry it took a while here is the homebrew bookscanner


http://i41.tinypic.com/334k8so.jpg this is the original size of the picture. table and lamps cost me 50 usd. any 5 or more MP camera should be enough

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