Printer Scanner Projector
If digitizing a historic collection of books is important to you or your local historical society or library you can purchase a commercial book scanner for around a hundred thousand dollars or make the DIY prototype version from Google books using a vacuum cleaner, a scanner, and other components totalling around $1500. While this definitely isn't a project for everyone, it would be a great way for a local makerspace to build social capital with libraries and other institutions by making the scanner available for preserving important local and historical works. The linear scanner is designed to not damage the book, using vacuum suction to turn the pages. The source link below has both a PDF design document and a software clone. linear books scanner | Google Code via The How-To Geek <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Have you ever wanted an easy way to communicate a simple visual idea on-the-fly from a GoToMeeting Session? GoToMeeting is awesome for communicating ideas, and with HDFaces it is awesome for getting that face-to-face feel. What I’m talking about is a quick drawing or whiteboard. So, here is what i did.
Recently I had the need to digitize a few banker boxes worth of old documents. I usually would use a Canon Lide scanner to scan a few pages but this project required the capture of a few thousand pages of paper and would take forever with a normal document scanner. After looking around on the internet to see what other people have done to solve this type of problem I decided to build my own document imager.
For less than $1,000, the MakerBot kit provides nearly everything you need for your very own 3-D plastic printer. We find out what it takes to build and use one Cupcake CNC The kit requires only some simple bolt-together assembly and basic surface-mount soldering. A simpler software interface is currently in the works.
Instead of paying for absurdly priced printer cartridges, build yourself a Continuous Ink Printer (CIS) which can be made by hacking an old printer to suck ink from external reservoirs. You can get the raw ink for dirt cheap so it’s essentially like unlimited printing for free (besides the paper). So now you can actually print your collection of pirated books!