The Grass Scanner

Now you can know for certain if the grass is really greener on the other side thanks to Alice Wang's fantastic new grass scanner. It takes 3 seperate readings using Pantone color detecting devices and then averages them to determine a the true green-ness of the grass.via We Make Money Not Art

Topic by randofo   |  last reply

Scanner fun

OK I heard from a very reliable source of mine that there used to be a program or driver or something where you could make the scanner hum or sing to like a song or something like that I was just wondering if the program or driver etc is still out and about if its free where I can find it and how to use it and yes I realize I used a bunch of random meaningless things in the keywords box but thats just because this is something that isn't going to be happened across very easily

Topic by mysterious ninja of fire   |  last reply


Does anyone have any informational sites and or plans to wire up leds to scan back and forth like on the knight rider car?

Topic by autoflow   |  last reply

LED Scanner

Does anyone know how to make a Knight Rider style LED Scanner (the light bounces from one end to the other) ? I've searched the forums and didn't find anything like this.. I would really like to use 7 LED's BTW - This forum rocks! I've tried some of the projects(USB Charger, small LED stuff etc) and they've all turned out great! Thanks in advance!

Topic by milanorex   |  last reply

Knight Rider Scanner...

Hey,I am looking into making a Knight Rider-like scanner (see: K.I.T.T) consisting of a row of LEDs (perhaps about 20-30 or so) and was wondering if anyone knew if this circuit would work. I'm not sure if it goes back and forth and has a fade 'tail' or not... am looking to make the LEDs light up back and forth with a bit of a fade afterward so it looks like a smooth motion.I am wanting to mount the 'scanner' onto a pair of sunglasses (don't ask, long story, lol). I would like to make the circuitry as small/minimal as possible to conceal in a small area such as behind one of the side frames.Thanks for your time and help.

Topic by wiforkle   |  last reply

Scanner inverter outputs

I've just been wondering about the output of scanner inverters for a few projects, what kind of voltages and amperages are they outputting. I have a few little ideas but don't really know that much about their outputs, I gave googling and parts numbers a go but mostly found unrelated pages or had no luck with part numbers...

Topic by killerjackalope   |  last reply

Scanner Lamp driver...

Could some please tell me what is the output of a scanner's lamp driver. and can i make something cool out of it beside turning any lamps with it!?

Question by kk khrab 

An old MicroTek Scanner

I just aquired this old scanner yesturday, I thought it was a junker, and AT best, I'd get some good heavy duty servos from it. Well I decided to go through the trouble of getting the old scsi adapter I got with it working (ISA slot). I had to pull out an old 550mhz P2 and whip xp onto it real quick, because the 1ghz p3 I already had setup apparently didn't have ISA slots.After some crazy trouble googling and finding drivers for it (at first all I could find was that the old isa type scsi adapters weren't supported under xp). That was not the case, I got the driver installed and used vuescan to scan the images, I am SURPRISED by the quality of this scanner, especially after I read the specs on MicroTek's Website and with a optical resolution of 600x300dpi, I wasn't that impressed, apparently I was wrong. The speed and clarity of this old beater easily rivals that of my old parellel port scanner, which is probably like 10 years newer than this thing.Check it out.

Topic by Punkguyta   |  last reply

how do scanner work?


Question by sarwanoff   |  last reply

Download (Premium Upgrade) x Steps

Hi! I'm interested in Multiple Raspberry PI 3D Scanner project. I would like to know if there are more information, in the PDF file than  in steps described on the web, for example, PI board conections (schematics) or is the same information that is presented in the web. Regards Dario Araujo

Question by DarioAraujo   |  last reply

Help please

I've dismantled a cheap & nasty fax machine. Out of this I've extracted a Dyna Image scanning unit, CFL illumination, 7 wires. I'd quite like to use the CFL, and maybe the scanning part, but does anyone know how to use this? I've not found this particular unit on the internet - sticker says "DL100-05EUIC (BARCODE) PHFA201663" L

Topic by lemonie   |  last reply

Hacking Flatbed Scanner Components

I am currently working on a project which was going to use a scanner to acquire an image. The scanner is/was an HP 6200C. When I was trying to modify the scanner I accidentally broke the lamp, but was then excited to discover [what I believe is] a linear photodiode array which functioned as the detector. (I also found some cool mirrors and a focusing lens inside.) This photodiode array could be very useful to my project.  This scanner interfaces with my computer through USB, and refused to work after I unplugged the lamp. I figure a resistor may trick the circuitry into thinking the lamp is still attached, but I no longer require the moving parts of the scanner at all; I only want the photodiode array and a way for it to interface with the computer, preferably giving either a "single line" type image or a "single really thick line" type image. (Basically I just need intensity and location of signal. If the received data is a full image, I can reduce it to what I need.) Does anyone have any experience or suggestions for me? I have uploaded a few pictures of the relevant circuitry and can add more upon request. Update: After further research, I've determined that it is not a photodiode array but a linear CCD.

Topic by rogers236   |  last reply

How can I make a scanner camera with a dead flatbed scanner?

I found this link: and it just so happened that my printer/scanner had just died. It still powers on, but the driver software completely refuses to see it. So I figured I'd try to make one.- I guess one of the circuit boards in my scanner is dead, so I won't be able to use the scanner's electronics to drive the CCD. I did manage to pull it out unharmed though. It connects via a 12-pin ribbon cable, so I figured I'd just drive it via a couple of parallel ports, or maybe a microcontroller if I get bored enough to learn how to use them. I have no idea which pins on the ribbon cable do what though, any idea where I'd go to find this? (The printer is a Dell Photo 944.)- The person in the link above seems to have a different kind of CCD which is much smaller than mine. Mine is long and thin (and like every other scanner CCD I've seen except that one); I have no idea how I'd get a lens on it. Any thoughts?

Question by scgtrp   |  last reply

DIY 130-megapixel camera built with a scanner

Add an old flatbed scanner to a 50 mm lens and with some skill you can make a 130 megapixel camera of your very own. I'm still happy with the cameras I have, but this looks like a great project to take on. Making a 130-megapixel camera from a flatbed scanner and an old camera lens

Topic by fungus amungus   |  last reply

Gear seeking?

 Hi all instructables dudes,  I have a scanner made by Pimax (model name Profi 9600) drived by a SCSI adapter. Is old model (1999) but is very good and reliable too. The problem now is i have a broken plastic gear that drives the belt for doing the passes during the scanning. Without this small gear the belt is dead and the scanner too. Has anyone this small gear from his old and non using scanner? If not please inform how can i reuse this scanner because everything else on it works fine. Can i modified it to a manual shifted scanner? This scanner is ONE pass so can I put any external case hand gear to move the lamp? Please give some ideas.....anyone is acceptable.... thank you all in advance! Agis

Question by agis68 

Instructable on the BBC

Instructables wasn't mentioned by name, but Instructables member Daniel Reetz's DIY Book Scanner has just been featured in the BBC's report on the 2011 NY Maker Faire. Congratulations, Daniel!

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply

Coordinates of an object on a passive image

I have a few questions regarding a project I'm working on. I need some terms so that I can look it up via Google. I have a map (picture) of a city that is printed on a wooden table. When I move an object directly over it I want to know the coordinates of the object on the map. And also the angle of the object on the map. I thought a sort of a scanner is the best solution. That recognizes the part which it scans (part of the map) and translate this to the coordinates and angle. Does somebody know how this technology is called (and maybe a few links to guide me in the right direction)? Or does somebody else has a better idea how this can me realised? Thanks in advance!

Topic by ilovebobcats   |  last reply

Laser scanner laser diode

Can I extract a laser diode from a scanner. If so will it be as strong a if I got one from a DVD burner/player?

Topic by laserblast 

Build Barcode Scanner with microcontroller

Hi everyone, im new here. i have a school project, i need to build a barcode scanner with microcontroller to use it like ( personnel pointing system ). so i can read each code bar and shows me in a LCD the name of the correspondant Person. thanks for your help

Topic by ael mehdi   |  last reply

Possible 3d scanner project

An idea just popped in my head, just an idea.. take a scanner apart, and in stead of the scanner moving, have the "object" do a 360 while its scanned. so im thinking take the stepper motor our and build some sort of rotation device so when its suppose to "scan" the object is rotated and the scanner piece is at a fixed vertical position what do you guys think? please send suggestions, sketches. any input will greatly be appreciated =) thanx Brett

Topic by B.oom   |  last reply

how to make a finger scanner ?

I wanna  build a system for starting a bike  using finger print, my question is how to make a finger print scanner

Question by sundarrajan   |  last reply

DIY Car scanner OBDII

Thanks for reading. Has anyone built a Car scanner to plug into the 16 connector near the steering wheel to read the On board Computer ( OBDII ) codes so that one can fix their car. Have you see an article? Wanting one to look at code faults on a commodore VR  1995 and XC Barina 2001. many thanks Colin

Topic by colincolin30 

In need of game scanner mod.

I recently up dug a "scanner" for a game that shut down a few years ago , it is essentially a barcode scanner as you would scan cards with barcodes on them in and it would interface with the game, i was wondering if anyone could figure out how to create a program that would allow me to easily see what data i put into it, that way i may be able to MAKE things encoded in a barcode i could scan in?

Question by shabaki 

Lightbox from old scanner

Hi, Ive got a question if you don't mind, im trying to make a light box from a old scanner and im not sure what lighting I should do, what im thinking is to use this ( but im not sure if it would be powerful enough. I was thinking about using t5 but I don't think they would fit as the scanner is really thin about 18mm without the glass in. Also would I need anything in in front of the glass at all? Cheers Phil

Topic by drop_dead_fred   |  last reply

How to create a barcode Scanner device?

Please help.. i want to create a barcode scanner device (the actual device itself, not the program.).. can anyone help me?

Question by vpuato   |  last reply

How can I make an LED scanner? Answered

I've been looking for a detailed schematic for an LED scanner with 5-10 LEDs.  I want to use the least amount of parts possible without a micro controller.

Question by metsfan1938   |  last reply

Running a scanner tube off a car battery.

Inspired by this instructable, I want to make a car light, for a 3.3i car. I assume the battery is around 75+ Ah, and need to make sure if it is safe. The lamp runs perfectly at 12v, just would it burn out with all that Ah?On another note, it's perfectly legal to have it on the front of my car right? If anything it'l help the police see my number plate, :D. I'm in the UK BTW.

Topic by Josho   |  last reply

Can an engineer advise on requirements to build a laser scanner?

Hello, I have a need for a laser scanner that can scan an objects profile and save the dimensions of the scan in a vector or cad format. There are many 3D scanner plans here that are great.!Ajo22thXj77-nZ5iBDKaBwZWgqlW2g  is a video of exactly what I need for the same type of product. Can someone guide me in the right direction to build this device? Here is a photo of the output to software view!Ajo22thXj77-nZ5kFzWgXNPyQig3QA .  Thanks, A

Question by AndreJ49   |  last reply

What can I do with an old police scanner? Uniden Bearcat 350a?

What can I do with an old police scanner? Uniden Bearcat 350a? anyone have any ideas?

Question by jbonc1   |  last reply

Does anybody know a good way turn old scanner bed into PCB exposure source?

Does anybody know how I can turn my old scanner bed into pcb exposure source?

Topic by treichhart   |  last reply

i have a fingerprint scanner from a old laptop, can i use it with a desktop pc or my new laptop? Answered

Its from an acer travelmate 5530, i still have the board it was attached to, but the piece itself has 10 pins sticking out of it, there is a chip on the board that the finger scanner was connected to that has a 8 pin chip, then the 2 mouse buttons, and a interface cable. is it even feasibly possible to reuse this fingerprint scanner?

Question by zack247   |  last reply

how do i turn a few printer scanner light bars in to under cabinet lighting?

Could someone plz help me i would like to know how to turn two old scanner light bars into under cabinet lighting specifically how to plug them in and how many volts they run off thanks in advance Kade PS the only writing one the small one is TOSHIBA                                                                 CIPS218MC301A                                                                 JAPAN 820KQ06 The big one has the following writing on a barcode   MY49MC33ND     Q3450-60001                  1234567                                                                                      [31]                1234            PRODUCT OF The first two pics are  the small toshiba the others are the big one 

Question by FarmerKJS   |  last reply

Making Microtek ScanMaker 3600 Works in XP Pro !

I am moving my old scanner Microtek ScanMaker 3600 over to a new PC which runs XP Pro. However, the software (ScanWizard 5) doesn't "see" the scanner, although the PC "sees" it ! I have been fiddling with this thing for over 2 days now and still no result. The scanner does work. The XP Pro OS on the new PC "sees" the scanner, it's only the software that refuse to see it. I suspect it has something to do with the TWAIN driver on the XP. How to hack the stuffs??

Topic by penang   |  last reply

Hacking famous brand devices

Hi, I have spend a lot of time hacking some scanner CCD sensor from different brand of scanner on the last few weeks to build a touch screen. My idea was to make a database on the different PIN of the CCD of several brand of scanner to help people building their own. It's not always  that easy to play with an oscilloscope to reverse engineer those. But I was a bit hesitating on posting brand name like HP or CANON and explain how to crack the sensors. I wasn't sure if I could have some problem... Any ideas? Thanks

Topic by jeanotP1314   |  last reply

CNC stepper motor Answered

Hello, I would like to use my 3 printer scanners I recently salvaged for a CNC. Would you expect the motors to be able to cut aluminum with a multi-speed dremel? If there is enough torque, it would be sufficient to make a 3d printer right?

Question by jbaker22   |  last reply

alternative stepper motors?

I recently tore into a couple printer-scanners looking for stepper motors. Unfortunately all I found were some DC motors that seem to be tied into some sort of sensor that acts like a step counter. Does anyone know what they are called and how to use them in place of stepper motors for a CNC machine? As a side note, I have a very limited understanding of IC function, think of me as having lived a purely analog lifestyle.

Topic by 50ul84n3   |  last reply

Powering a ccfl panel from a broken laptop screen?

I have google'd and searched this site over and again trying to find out the correct way to power a ccfl panel, I recently had to replace a laptop screen and the person bought a screen and an inverter, so i got to keep the smashed screen and the inverter, now i took all the glass of and the metal, so now all i have is the panel. All i want to know is how much power do i need to put into the inverter (if i can use it) and where do i put the wires? i also took apart some scanners to try and use their inverters, but it seems that all the scanners i have all have inverter looking boards built into them and work off ribbons so i don't know how to power these either. If anyone can help me in either of these i would greatly apreciate it as i am trying to make my own light box

Question by mrthemoth   |  last reply

Can I convert a SCSI device (scanner) to USB?

I have a Nikon LS 2000 scanner I would like to use with a laptop running XP

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Can you turn a working scanner into a light table?

I was thinking it would be cool if someone wrote code to tell a scanner's arm to come out into the middle and light up, making it a light table, that could then still be used as a scanner,

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Is there a way to use a Cannon Bubble Jet printer as a scanner? Make a scanner cartridge?

There is a model of Cannon printer where you can purchase a scanner cartridge to replace the ink cartridge, transforming the printer into a scanner.  However, I do not have that model, so I'm wondering/hoping that since THAT printer can be used as a scanner with only the simple replacement of the ink cartridge, maybe there's a way to use my current, ancient Bubble Jet as a scanner, also. Thanks in advance. 

Question by dianaaspenhill   |  last reply

hi all was just wondering if possibel could you use a normal pc photo scanner as a finger print scanner for windows ????

Hi all was just wondering if possibel could you use a normal pc photo scanner as a finger print scanner for windows ???? ie so i could logon to windows by putting my hand on the scanner or is there anysoftware that could munipilate windows into thinking that a normal scanner was a fingerprint scanner cheers

Question by crazymanc   |  last reply

Would it be possible to make a 3D scanner using 4 flatbed scanners in a square setup and custom software?

I was just wondering... 3D colour scans possible using old, spare or salvaged flatbed scanners? I have little knowledge about how it works and am purely curious. Thanks :)

Question by lshoesmith   |  last reply

Help with scanner hack (3 pin inverter!!)

Hi, I have an old scanner and wanted to do the scanner hack to get a lamp. But here, the instructables about this dont help me, because the iinverters they are using have 2 pins for the power, while mine has three. Here is a pic Please any solution?? the lapm works when I plug the whole scanner.

Topic by juanvi   |  last reply

reusing scanner lamp w/o heavy duty adapter?

I've been trying to do something similar to these!/I want the lamp to work without a heavy duty ac to dc adapter, but it looks like there's no practical power cord that has low enough voltage. I've tried using a basic voltage converter (;=electronics&qid;=1209273618&sr;=1-20 ) set at 12 volts, but the bulbs don't light.Does anyone know if there's a way to do this without the giant adapter, or if there's a way to light the bulbs using a USB connection? I've looked online, and the only thing I've seen is this: but they're using a male molex connection. I'm just looking for a plug that's a little more practical: an electrical outlet being my first choice, a usb port being my second.Thanks!

Topic by seebrown   |  last reply