BrickPi Bookreader 2 interview

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jul 3, 2014 12:22 AM EDT
Linux User & Developer; By Rob Zwetsloot
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A robotic, mechanical reader of printed books that melds together the Raspberry Pi and Lego Mindstorms. When the Raspberry Pi camera module was originally released we thought it would be great to show that you can use the camera with some of the Lego robots and that there’s a whole lot of awesome stuff you can do with it. We put something together that was just an arm to turn the Kindle and the camera to read it aloud; we thought that would be really interesting but it got the wrong type of attention. We got a lot of comments saying, “Well there’s already stuff that can do that”. People missed the point that we were trying to show a tour de force with a Raspberry Pi. So we doubled down and decided we just had to put together a mechanical version that would turn pages – just so we could make our point [laughs]. So the first Bookreader did the Kindle and we read a book off of it out loud and people were like, “Well that’s cool, but there’s already software to do that”.

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