Robotic book scanner

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A robotic book scanner is a machine which is used to scan books, integrating automated components that allow the device to exceed the speed of traditional manual imaging devices such as camera stands. A robotic scanner usually consists of three basic parts: a mechanical device to turn the pages; a cradle or table to hold the book in place, and a camera or imaging sensor to capture images. Images are then automatically shuttled to a central computer repository, where automated processing may take place in order to perform cropping, de-skewing, and other image enhancement functions. During the process, the book remains intact.

The first fully automated book scanning system was the APT 1200 scanner, developed by Kirtas Technology Products and released in 2004.[1] The APT 1200 employed a vacuum nozzle to turn the pages while reducing contact with the material being scanned.

Several high-end commercial robotic scanners use traditional air and suction technology while others take advantage of optical sensor technology to separate and turn pages one at a time.

With reports of machines being able to scan up to 2900 pages per hour[2] robotic book scanners are specifically designed for large-scale digitization projects.

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  1. ^ Rapp, David. "Product Watch: Library Scanners". Library Journal. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Rapp, David. "Product Watch: Library Scanners". Library Journal. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 

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