To convert a physical book into a digital copy, you need to scan the pages. The BFS-Auto robot aims to make that time-consuming process easier without damaging the books. It can achieve high-speed and high-definition book digitization at over 250 pages a minute. It does this using high-speed fully-automated page flipping, real-time 3D recognition of the flipped pages, and high-accuracy restoration to a flat document image.
The BFS-Auto was developed in the Ishikawa Oku Laboratory at the University of Tokyo. Gizmag reports that it holds each book open and flips through it without stopping, while high-definition cameras scan the pages and two kinds of light provide information about their 3D topography. This high speed book scanner is set to hit the market in 2013. Check out the video below to see how it works: