What I find interesting is that companies, who are already providing equipment, are looking for ways to extend their product lines as well as pull more clients towards them. I see this with many of the equipment companies. For example, a simple machine for doing book digitization might morph into a machine that can be used by patrons in an academic or public library. Or a microfilm reader morphs to include a digitization option. Here Kirtas is applying its technology to solve a different set of problems, with the most obvious being fold-put book pages, however, undoubtedly this machine is capable of much more (and likely you'd have to do more than just fold-out pages in order to justify it.
Kirtas doesn't have any information on its web site about this machine. It will be interesting to read about its full capabilities and perhaps watch a video of it in action. Actually, here is one video they've shot, although the sound doesn't play well for me.
The text with the video states:
Kirtas' new flatbed imaging system captures up to a 35x25 inch aerial view using 21.1 megapixel high-resolution Canon EOS 1DS Mark III digital camera. Moving cameras and a sliding shelf work together to create a perfect image of your important larger documents. With the Kirtas SkyView 3525™, high - quality digitization of maps, newspapers and oversized materials are now a reality.
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