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Dexter Industries, maker of the BrickPi shield for the Raspberry Pi, put the shield to the test in this sweet Kindle-reading robot that uses a camera to take a picture of each page. Next, the Pi converts the image to text and reads it aloud. Finally, a Mindstorms motor touches a capacitive stylus onto the Kindle’s “next page” button and the process continues.

Dexter has a complete writeup of the project, including links to the applications they’re using for OCR and text-to-speech. One of the coolest details was their DIY capacitive stylus, built with anti-static foam, a 47 nF cap and a wire leading to the BrickPi’s ground pin.

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal



  1. trkemp says:

    The spirit of Rube Goldberg is alive and well!

  2. Not to detract from the elaborate genius of this, but i believe kindles come with the capacity to read their pages (even the cheaper models)

  3. Robert says:

    Why manually read a kindle? Why not have it read a real book?

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