[AI] portable reader

dr.u.n.sinha narain drunsinha at gmail.com
Sun Jul 22 20:43:13 EDT 2007


dear list member,
it is exciting to note about this device. however, i doubt if it may
read indian languages too but if it does so, pl send its contact
address. this kind of reader i saw in national federation of the blind
u.k. site.
regards
drun

On 7/22/07, nikitavaid <nikivaid at gmail.com> wrote:
> hi anjali thanx so much for posting such an informative article this device
> really sounds  a boon for us if it promises to do wot ever is mentioned in
> this article.
>  but is there any ways i can find out about its cost? and whether it is
> available in india?
> regds nikita
>
> ----- 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
> identification.
> • 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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