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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Google Book Scanner and a Book Vending Machine (Videos)

Here's some interesting info on the Google Book Scanner and a Book Vending Machine...


The BIBLIO-MAT on Vimeo

Video Link...


The Biblio-Mat is a random book dispenser built by Craig Small ( 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

(Google's) Linear Book Scanner

Published on Nov 12, 2012 by

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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