Page-Scanning Robot "Reads" 250 Pages in a Minute

BFS-Auto book-scanning robot

The BFS-Auto book-scanning robot is an amazing creation intended to speed up the process of book digitization.

Researchers at the Ishikawa Oku Laboratory in Japan have created the high-definition scanner to use 3D real-time high-speed page recognition of up to 400 pixels per inch, allowing the robot to “read” up to 250 pages per minute. That means it could scan the whole Oxford English Dictionary in less than 10 minutes!

According to Gizmodo:

And it's taking not one but two pictures of each page, one while the page is in motion to try and get a shot of it being flat. And on top of that, there's software behind the scenes to help flatten the images out.

It still needs a human operator to feed the books into the hopper, but that’s a small matter. And, while not yet in production, the scanner is expected to be commercially available sometime in 2013. I bet it won’t be cheap.

This is pretty incredible -- like their reporter, I wish I’d been able to do read this fast in college! But what does this hold for the future of physical books? Will all books be available in some kind of digital format before long? We’ll have to wait and see.

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Dean Fetzer is originally from a small town in eastern Colorado, but has lived in London, England, for the past 21 years. After a career in graphic design, he started a pub review website in the late 90’s; He left that in 2011 to concentrate on his thriller writing, as well as offering publishing services for authors, poets and artists. When not writing - or in the pub - he can be found in the theatre, live music venues and travelling.

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JEFFREY GRANT BARR from Central OR is reading Nothing but fucking Shakespeare, for the rest of my life November 23, 2012 - 1:15am

Will all books be available in some kind of digital format before long? We’ll have to wait and see.

That is a certainty. 

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated November 25, 2012 - 4:24am

Maybe not all, but the vast majority.