In case you thought that it was crazy to think that Google was on the culture grab of all time, this news may cause you to think again. It’s taking too long to scan in the world’s books because of that nasty book binding problem that requires a little more human contact that a parasite really can safely withstand. Presto: Infrared scanning to the rescue–owned by Google of course.
“Last week Google was granted a patent (US 7508978) [that] projects an infrared pattern onto the open page spread. This lets a pair of infrared cameras map the three-dimensional shape of the pages by detecting distortion to the pattern. This in turn allows the distortion of the text to be determined – and therefore the degree of correction needed to read it accurately.”
(Patentgenius has the complete patent for further study of book parasites.)
The Beast from Mountain View uses IP to steal IP.