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Cups & HP-Lib on Raspberry Pi to Create a New Paperless Life

I tend to hoard paper. It’s not something I like doing, but I have a hard time differentiating the important bills from the non important, so I tend to keep everything which usually piles up until it falls over and I spend a day going through it, throwing out most things. There must be a solution to push all of these documents in a digital format to one of the many services online (read dropbox/google drive). Although I’m aware doxie exists, about this time I bought a raspberry Pi, and have had a ball making LED’s flash, but I couldn’t help thinking that there must be a better use for it. So, I think you all know where I’m going with this. My plan: Raspberry Pi to be connected to my HP coloursmart c7280 all-in-one device (of which the printer no longer works, so it’s only use is now a scanner). I’ll wire up (via breadboard) a number of switches & buttons. 6 switch, dip Switch will determine document type (it’ll light a specific LED – I’ll have printed labels next to the LED’s) The Button will initiate the process which will:

  • Start the scan
  • Rename the document (This part is still needs to be solved)
  • Upload the document
  • Clean up