By Andrew Liszewski
The original model was a slick piece of technology that also came with a whopping $50,000 price tag which put it well out of reach of most people. However Atiz has now released the BookDrive DIY which starts at a mere $3,499 making the technology a bit more attainable.
The unit has a bit of a MAKE Magazine look to it as you can see in the schematic there, primarily because it relies on 2 digital SLRs mounted at the top for capturing the pages rather than a scanner. The BoodDrive DIY only supports the Canon line of digital SLRs so if you don’t already have a couple lying around you’ll actually need to buy the $5,699 package that includes 2 Digital Rebel XTs. And even though the DIY is considered the lesser of the 2 models it’s still capable of capturing and processing about 700 pages an hour.