ATG Quirkies: How To Read a Book Without Opening It

Researchers at MIT with an assist from the folks at Georgia Tech, have just made it possible to judge a book through its cover!

MIT News describes their efforts in developing a “new computational imaging method that identifies letters printed on first rare-books-nine pages of a stack of paper.”  It’s in the very early stages of development so you won’t be able to buy it on Amazon anytime soon, but it has a lot of potential. According to Barmak Heshmat, a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab, “the Metropolitan Museum in New York showed a lot of interest in this, because they want to, for example, look into some antique books that they don’t even want to touch.”

Check out the full article for all the technical ins & outs.   Oh! And be sure to view the videos. 

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

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