I am often amazed at the inventions people dream up. American is known for being a country that spawns innovators and inventions. However, Japan may exceed our technology inventions though.
One new invention by a Japanese-based company, BFS-Auto, is a book-scanning robot. This robot can scan 250 pages a minute without cutting the book apart. With a built-in fully automated page flipper and high-accuracy transfer to a flat document, this robot is slated to be placed on the market in 2013.
With this robot, out-of-print books can easily be changed into digital books. Libraries could use this book-scanning robot to make their complete collections available digitally.
Watch this video to see the robot in action.