The BIBLIO-MAT on Vimeo
The Biblio-Mat is a random book dispenser built by Craig Small (thejuggernaut.ca) for The Monkey’s Paw, an idiosyncratic antiquarian bookshop in Toronto. Biblio-Mat books, which vary widely in size and subject matter, cost two dollars. The machine was conceived as an artful alternative to the ubiquitous and often ignored discount sidewalk bin. When a customer puts coins into it, the Biblio-Mat dramatically whirrs and vibrates as the machine is set in motion. The ring of an old telephone bell enhances the thrill when the customer’s mystery book is delivered with a satisfying clunk into the receptacle below.
Camera: James Cooper
Editor: Nick Goso
Coding: Dan Donaldson omnivore.ca
(Google's) Linear Book Scanner
Published on Nov 12, 2012 by GoogleTechTalks
Google Tech Talk
May 3, 2012
Presented by Dany Qumsiyeh
See a hardware prototype of an automatic, non-destructive book scanner. The machine turns pages automatically, and captures high-resolution images of each page. It was developed in 20% time, and built in the Google Workshops.
There will be a live demo and a short technical presentation, describing the design process.
Speaker Info: Dany Qumsiyeh is an engineer on the Google Books team.
For more information on this project, see:
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