A researcher at the University of Tokyo has developed the world’s fastest book scanner, which uses a “book flipping scanning” method “that does exactly what it sounds like, digitizing 200 pages per minute.” Pricing and availability has not yet been announced. Video after the break.

The ‘secret’ behind the scanner is a 1280 by 1024 pixel sensor that runs at 500 frames per second. First it captures an image of the text and diagrams on a page, and a second pass captures a series of parallel laser lines which allows software to calculate and correct for 3D deformations on the page as it’s being flipped.

[via OhGizmoPopsci]