[AI] portable reader

Atul R Sahay arsahay at accessindia.org.in
Sun Jul 22 01:49:09 EDT 2007

This really sounds exciting. And the parties involved in developing the 
device are very credible ones in deed. Conceptually it's not a very 
difficult product to come up with. It's just marriage of existing 
technologies but of immense relevance to persons with visual impairment.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Anjali Arora" <anjali.arora at accessindia.org.in>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2007 7:17 AM
Subject: [AI] portable reader

hi friends,
I came across this portable reader. from the specification and description 
it appears great to me. ..or may be everything that is an improvisation 
brings excitement to me.

from the point of technology, utility for blind and any other aspect, 
reviews are welcomed from the experts of this list on the    portable reader 
as described below
Technology that scans and reads printed
material to the blind is nothing new, but this
personal reader is the first truly handheld
device to do the job. Combining a state-ofthe-
art digital camera with a powerful
personal data assistant housed in a customdesigned,
attractive case, the Kurzweil-
National Federation of the Blind Reader puts
the best available character recognition software
together with text-to-speech conversion
technology, all in the palm of your hand.
Hold the Reader’s camera over print—a
restaurant menu, directions, or a memo from
your boss—and snap a picture. In seconds you
can hear the contents of the printed document
in clear synthetic speech. Capture, read, and
discard pages; store them for later reading; or
transfer files to a computer or Braille-aware
PDA. The Reader even has a headphone jack
so you won’t disturb your neighbors.
The Reader’s convenient size, simple design,
and powerful technology deliver unprecedented
access to printed matter.
The Kurzweil–National Federation of
the Blind Reader
• Reads most printed documents from
letters and memos to pages in a book.
• Reads address labels and package
information and instructions.
• Reads an entire page or a few lines for
• Stores thousands of printed pages
with easily obtainable extra memory.
• Transfers files to desktop and laptop
computers or Braille notetakers.
• Reads documents from computers or
other devices.
Imagine how the Reader will change your life.
A colleague hands you a document for review
in the next hour? No problem. You come
back from vacation to an overflowing in-basket?
Put the Reader to work, and the clutter is
gone. Need to check your seat assignment in
the airport? The information can be a
snapshot away.
You’ll find hundreds of uses for the Reader
every day—all in one small package and for
less than you would pay for a portable notetaker
with a Braille display.
No other device in the history of adaptive
technology for the blind has provided quicker
access to more information than the
Kurzweil–National Federation of the Blind
Reader. The world of the printed word is
about to be opened to the blind in a way it has
never been before. Get ready; the revolution
begins today.
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