As we progress further into the digital age, many believe it is important to preserve our print past. That’s why the announcement of an amazing machine that can scan books at a frenetic rate of 250 pages per minute is something exceptional. The Japanese company Dai Nippon Printing has developed what it claims is the world’s fastest book scanner , together with theUniversity of Tokyo .
Its high-speed scanner does not copy pages when using a multifunction printer. Instead, it uses a robotic mechanism to flip through the book and two powerful top cameras that capture a 3D image of each page .
This method also differs from conventional high-speed scanning devices, which require page cutting, in that it maintains the full length of the book.
To create the perfect page, software in the scanner analyzes, corrects, and combines two images of the same page. As a result, the end result offers ultra-sharp 400 pixels per inch scanning, with high quality text and content ready for conversion into an e-book, PDF, etc. It will hit the market in 2013, although its price is currently unknown.
Speaking of scanners, the one of the own body is something very sought after. And applied to fashion, it is the panacea for fast and effective sales, especially when shopping online . A virtual tape measure-style scanning system provides a detailed picture of body measurements, making it much easier for the shopper to order their exact size.
The buyer downloads the software that, together with his webcam or a smartphone, works as a virtual tape measure , taking into account the waist, hips, chest and other aspects that can be customized depending on the store. It’s a great way to save on return shipping costs.
Funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ( EPSRC ), this software is designed in collaboration with the London College of Fashion and experts from the University of Surrey, along with body mapping specialists and an agency creative digital.
This system takes measurements from different points on the body and combines them with a person’s actual proportions to create a detailed 3D image , allowing shoppers to shop based on waist size, for example, or other categories ( small, medium and large) whose accuracy is inevitably limited and often depends on the subjective perception of one’s own body.
Once the article is chosen, the user activates the software with a click and takes a photo from the webcam or mobile, information that by the way is totally confidential and is not transmitted over the Internet in any way. Plans to commercialize it are planned within two years. But success is almost one hundred percent guaranteed, right?