[AI] portable reader

nafisa buhariwala nafisapb at hotmail.com
Mon Jul 23 02:03:50 EDT 2007

Sounds great. What is the source of this article? Any idea about its price?

>From: "Anjali Arora" <anjali.arora at accessindia.org.in>
>Reply-To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
>To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
>Subject: [AI] portable reader
>Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2007 07:17:28 +0530
>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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