ScanRobot could digitize 1,187 pages of 'Lord of the Rings' in less than an hour

The ScanRobot, by German robotics firm Treventus Mechatronics, is able to scan entire books without any help from a human — not even to turn the page. It cradles books so that they remain open at a 60° angle, and then it dips a prism-shaped scanner down between the pages. The pages stick to the wedge as it rises and flashes the pages with LED lights. Air jets turn the pages when the scanning is done, and the ScanRobot keeps on going until the book is fully digitized, knocking out 25 pages each minute.

With e-readers and online books becoming more and more popular, technology like this means it's only a matter of time before you can find any book you like on the net.

Click Continue to see how the ScanRobot handles and scans entire volumes.

Treventus, via BotJunkie