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Dai Nippon Printing

These days, I buy more e-Books and comics than real books made from trees, but what if you still have a massive library or just one copy of War and Peace stuck in the last generation?

Dai Nippon Printing might have the solution after teaming up with the University of Tokyo to create a 250-pages-per-minute speed-reading monster. The machine promises to read faster than the speediest of speed readers while digitizing your entire paperback library.

The high-speed scanner, as spotted by Technabob, uses two cameras arranged in a cross-eye fashion to take 3D images, while a robotic mechanism turns the images. The scanner then uses software to compile the two images into a flat 400-pixel-per-inch (PPI) page scans that can then be converted to various file formats, including PDF and EPUB.

More than two years ago, we saw a similar book scanning machine from the University of Tokyo that could read 200 pages per minute, or basically as fast as its human operator could flip through a book. This updated version eliminates the human factor (gulp), and adds a second camera to allow for a higher scanning resolution.

Dai Nippon Printing also plans on selling its book reading machine as a commercial product sometime in 2013 for a yet-to-be-announced price.

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