Posts tagged scanner
Prizmo photo OCR software coming soon to iPhone
July 21, 2010 | 6:12 pm
Want to use your iPhone to photograph and OCR scan printed matter? Your chance may be coming soon. CNet reports that Creaceed’s Prizmo software, a desktop photo-OCR package that includes camera tethering and perspective correction, will soon be coming to the iPhone. No word yet on price; the desktop version costs $40. The app's crowning feature is that it can fix bad perspective, just like its desktop sibling, as well as let users snap photos without having to press the shutter button. Creaceed has devised a system through which users can simply say "take picture,"...
World’s fastest scanner digitizes a 200 page book in 60 seconds
June 24, 2010 | 10:33 am
Build your own digital camera-based book scanner for $20
April 9, 2010 | 9:15 am
Remember that $300 do-it-yourself rapid e-book scanner I mentioned in my post the other day about ethics and legality? Instructables has gone that scanner one better, with instructions for building a $20 photographic-scanning rig. The entry describes creating a roughly pyramidal framework out of hardware including tie rods, angle brackets, and shelf tracks. Into the framework one mounts a digital camera, which is then used to take photos of the book between turning the pages. While not as sophisticated as the $300 model, the simplicity and economy of this approach is nonetheless remarkable and may still very...
P-books to e-books: The ethics of downloading and the legality of scanning
April 6, 2010 | 1:35 pm
I first heard about this story via Mike Shatzkin in a lengthy piece at his Idea Logical blog, then in a shorter piece by Mike Masnick at TechDirt. Since then, I’ve seen it crop up in a number of different places, and it’s just too beguiling an issue not to discuss. An ethicist at the New York Times, Randy Cohen, has opened a can of worms and dumped them all over e-books with a column in which he suggests it is ethically fine to download an electronic copy of a book (in this case, a book that was not yet...
Library of Congress gets new, public, newspaper scanner
April 5, 2010 | 10:24 am
The new scanner, made by book2net, is the only one of its kind in the US, but there are others in Canada at two other locations. The machine, originally designed for use in the reading rooms of the British Library, was manufactured in Germany. It can capture a JPEG image of an entire newspaper page (or comic book, folio, book, bound volume, etc.) in 0.3 seconds, and it needs only 1.9 seconds of cycling time to scan another page. The scanner has a touchscreen that allows a person to view details close-up, and all it takes to scan a...
Daniel Reetz on book scanning
March 26, 2010 | 9:31 am
Daniel Reetz- an artist and a Ph.D student studying visual neuroscience – recently developed a high-speed book scanning system using open source technology, cheap cameras, and garbage (which we covered here). Now Harvard has a video of a talk by him at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Unfortunately it can't be embedded so take a look here. Thanks to Resource Shelf for the heads up....