New technology to scan a book without opening it

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Jan Krohn | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Sep 13 2016 8:29 PM

Fascinating:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3787690/This-device-read-pages-book-without-opening-it.html

(Maybe this is goingt to reduce the cost of producing new resources :-)

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 14 2016 7:24 AM

Wow, that is amazing technology!

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Virgil Buttram | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 14 2016 11:44 AM

Jan Krohn:

Fascinating:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3787690/This-device-read-pages-book-without-opening-it.html

(Maybe this is goingt to reduce the cost of producing new resources :-)

That would be a helpful outcome, yes. Cool

Humor aside, the cost of the device would have to drop substantially. Plus, the bulk of the cost of producing resources from scanned books lies in the time required for good proofreading and error correction of the scan prior to tagging. I recall a thread around here that said that it was proven to be more cost effective to have two or three human transcribers type the text in to a digital format and then compare the three transcriptions and the original for error correction.

Where this holds great promise is in scanning fragile or physically deteriorated codices and scrolls without damaging them further. Those scans can then be used to produce digital texts, with the photographic scans serving as the originals for error correcting the digital texts.

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James Hiddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 14 2016 11:57 AM

That's fine for ancient books but for the average layman it's no fun. I'd rather open up a book and read it the old fashion way.

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