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Adam Brown



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 3:28 pm    Post subject: Experimental gravestone scanning Reply with quote

This link is to the BBC website and is about very interesting development in scanning technology which is being tested on old headstones in the US

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7024672.stm

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Mary Young



Joined: 10 Oct 2007
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Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well that is typical of BBC "dumbing down". It's in the technology section but doesn't explain what the technology is!! Can anyone tell me how it works?
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remembering my great-uncle, Joseph Lewis, 235304 Gordon Highlanders, 1898-21/9/1917.
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spoons



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

as a real techy guess - pattern recognition allied with vector graphics?

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Mary Young



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm ... not being a techy ... "pattern recognition allied with vector graphics" leaves me more puzzled!
What does the gizmo look like? A digital camera - or a handheld scanner - or a sheet of brown paper and some wax crayons? Can one weak woman carry it about or does it need a gang of strong men? Laughing
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remembering my great-uncle, Joseph Lewis, 235304 Gordon Highlanders, 1898-21/9/1917.
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apanderson



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2007 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not being a 'techy' either . . . .

I think you and I might be better sticking to sun and shadows Mary!!

I have this image in my head of wandering around graveyards looking like a dalek or something - oh, wait a minute - daleks can only go on flat surfaces, or was that only in the days when I was scared witless of them?

Anyway, I wonder if anyone's considered the amount of palimpsest stones - the ones with several inscriptions on top of each other, or would this new wonder thingy understand all that?

Anne
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