Craft & Design
alt.CES: Scan books into audio files

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Plustek is showing this $700 Book Reader V100 at CES 2009. It scans books directly into MP3 audio files using optical code recognition (OCR) and a tiny little man with a mellifluous baritone voice trapped inside. Or some kind of text-to-speech program. I’m not sure which.

Given the choice between this and buying something that’s available on Audible, I can’t imagine this is worth doing if you value your time. You’ve got to manually scan each page. I’d love to see a re-make that uses some LEGO Mindstorms as a page turner, coupled with a computer, scanner, OCR, and text-to-speech.

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John Edgar Park likes to make things and tell people about it. He builds project for Adafruit Industries. You can find him at jpixl.net and twitter/IG @johnedgarpark

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