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Robot Book Scanner Can Scan 250 Pages in a Minute, Has No Idea What It’s Reading

by Hazel Chua
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It’s awesome what robots can do these days. They’ve certainly come a long way from the first robots that people put together many, many decades ago.

Case in point? The U.S. Navy’s robot that can dance to PSY’s Gangnam Style and that sporty robot that can play ping pong.

Robot Book Scanner

The latest one to join this fray of over-achieving robots is the BFS-Auto book scanner that can flip through and scan 250 pages in sixty seconds. It would take a human with a machine far more longer to be able to achieve the same thing. Using lasers to help identify the curvature of the pages, it’s able to scan at the optimal time, and restore pages to their natural flat state, correcting optical distortion.

The BFS-Auto was created by researchers in Japan in a time when digitizing documents has become common practice for many firms and institutions.

While it’s crazily flipping through the pages, the machine can also capture two high resolution shots of each page at 400 ppi.

[via Buzz Patrol]

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