While making copies of digital media is simple, preserving old-world documents is far more difficult. The high speed scanner in the video above easily allows the user to digitize books using a flip-book style scanning process which can process 200 pages per minute. Basically, it can scan the U.S Library of Congress in no time We’ve seen some high speed book scanners but none which scan this quickly.
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The camera prototype rig captures 500 frames per second at 1280×1024 pixels. The trick is in the two optical capturing modes of each frame. First, each page is photographed in regular light. Second, a laser device throws lines on the page and the camera captures that as well. Software then shapes a 3-D model of the page and retraces it into a regular, flat shape clearing away all distortions.