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Old 08-13-2009, 07:31 PM   #1
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High-speed book scanner works as pages turn

Hopefully this isn't posted somewhere already, but I couldn't find any sign of it.

http://www.engadget.com/2009/08/13/b...ps-turbo-mode/

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No matter how fly or flashy modern scanners become, there's no getting away from their page-by-page assembly line style of operation. Or so we thought. The Ishikawa Komuro Lab at Tokyo University has demonstrated a prototype scanner capable of recording the contents of pages as they turn. Using a laser range projector to estimate page geometry, the camera adjusts for light and movement distortion as necessary and retains faithful copies of the original. At present it's more a proof of concept for the underlying vision processing unit than a commercial venture, but all it needs is one major manufacturer to pick it up and the paperless revolution can finally get started in earnest.
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Google supposedly uses a similar concept for their book scans.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/...lds-books.html
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Google supposedly uses a similar concept for their book scans.
Ah thanks for that link. I wondered how on Earth they were scanning such a huge volume of books and now I know. I also wonder about the link in the article I posted because it sounds very much like Google's version. I guess it's in a different country so patents are a little tricky there.
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