Creating an Inexpensive Open Source Book Scanner

Event Information

Date & Time
April 24, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Duderstadt Center, DESIGN LAB 1 (was B245)
Event Type

For the past two semesters, the University of Michigan Library collaborated with Mechanical Engineering 450 students to create a prototype linear book scanner based on openly-available designs by Google. Please join us to hear the Winter 2014 ME450 students discuss their project, describe the improved design, and demo their prototype.

The focus of the Linear Book Scanner collaboration is to create a new type of automatic page-turning book scanner with a simple, low-cost design.  Overall goals include improving the Google designs by modifying the scanner to accommodate books of different sizes, reducing noise to an acceptable level, and improving image quality to conform to industry standards.  The primary focus this term has been to refine the page turning mechanism.  The prototype scanner created by the students cost approximately $1500, making it an exciting advancement towards the creation of an affordable and scalable book scanner for use in the cultural heritage community.

Additional Infomation

Host Unit
Library Information Technology
Library Contacts
Meghan JK Musolff
Kat Hagedorn
Page maintained by Meghan JK Musolff
Last modified: 04/17/2014