The Secrets to Google’s book scanning machine revealed

Patent 7508978 is responsible for Google’s scanning technology.

How was one to go about scanning a book quickly and efficiently without destroying it? It was a problem that vexed book scanners for years until Google came up with this solution.

Turns out, Google created some seriously nifty infrared camera technology that detects the three-dimensional shape and angle of book pages when the book is placed in the scanner.

New Scientist has more on this patent and it’s breakthrough scanning technology.

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