See details about the scanner here - http://store.diybookscanner.org/ (the password is 'BETA').
The Archivist hardware already works well, scans larger books than the old scanner, and produces superior images. This Beta is mostly about refining and testing software and how it integrates with the overall system, particularly SpreadPi. See this (very early) video about SpreadPi - the control system based on the Raspberry Pi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL0NmT70QL0 (please keep in mind this video is months old and doesn't represent the state of the art or show the current scanner frame - simply haven't had time to make an updated video showing the speed and elegance of the current system).
Up to five people/sites will be chosen. To be a part of the beta, you need to meet the following criteria:
- Have/be someone who knows Linux and/or has basic programming abilities.
Be willing to purchase a Raspberry Pi Model B+, memory cards and cameras.
Be willing and able to contribute feedback and bug reports.
Be willing and able to screw some hardware together.
Be available for a Google Hangout with Daniel to troubleshoot and talk about the technology.
If you're interested in helping work out the bugs before a wider release, contact
firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us a little about yourself!
UPDATE - 18/09/2014: a small batch of kits now for sale! Check here.
UPDATE - 18/09/2014: read about The Archivist at Make magazine .
UPDATE - 10/09/2014: cool photos of the new build, available here. Making progress on packaging, hardware and software!