Posts Tagged ‘Intel Reader’

Intel Reader a valiant effort, but with flaws

By WALTER MOSSBERG © THE WALL STREET JOURNAL; published in Cape Cod Times, Massachusetts — Despite all of the advances in digital technology, too few high-tech products have emerged to help the blind read books or other paper documents, or to make reading such texts easier for people with impaired vision or language-related learning disabilities. A few years back, a breakthrough was made with text-to-speech software that could be installed on a specific mobile phone, but with limitations due to the phone’s small screen and buttons, and restricted processor power. Now, Intel, the giant chip maker, is attacking this problem with a new product: the Intel Reader. It’s a chunky, book-size device with a computer-grade processor and a large, forward-facing screen that can be viewed easily while its downward-facing camera is shooting text for translation into audio and giant text. It also has raised buttons that are easy to find via touch…. READ ARTICLE

Intel debuts text reading device

By Geoff Adams-Spink © BBC News, U.K. — Chip giant Intel has shown-off a device designed to give vision-impaired and dyslexic people access to printed text. The device, known as the Reader, captures text and then reads it aloud and displays it on its built-in screen. The development is unusual because so-called “assistive technologies” are normally manufactured by specialist companies rather than global giants. The Reader is the size of a paperback book and uses a high-resolution camera and Intel’s Atom processor. The 600g (1.3lb) device was developed by Intel access technology director, Ben Foss, who is dyslexic himself…. READ ARTICLE

Ready, Set, Read: Intel® Reader Transforms Printed Text to Spoken Word

SANTA CLARA, California — Intel Corporation today announced the Intel® Reader, a mobile handheld device designed to increase independence for people who have trouble reading standard print. The Intel Reader can assist the estimated 55 million people in the U.S. who have dyslexia or other specific learning disabilities, or have vision problems such as low-vision or blindness, which makes reading printed words difficult or impossible…. READ PRESS RELEASE

Intel debuts text reader for the blind

By Lance Whitney © — Intel is doing its part to help people with sight or reading disabilities enjoy the written word. The company announced on Tuesday the debut of the Intel Reader, a handheld text-to-speech device that can read any printed text aloud to those who are blind or have difficulties seeing or reading. The Atom-powered device uses a high-resolution camera to capture images of any printed text, which it then converts into digital format to read out loud. The Reader can be used as a standalone device to snap pictures of text. But paired with Intel’s Portable Capture Station, which can hold the Reader in place, the device can grab huge amounts of text, such as an entire book, according to Intel…. READ ARTICLE

HumanWare Allies with Intel® Corporation on Distribution of New Intel® Reader

HumanWare announced today a distribution agreement with Intel for the Intel® Reader, a mobile handheld device designed to increase independence for people who have trouble reading standard print. The Intel Reader, which is about the size of a paperback book, converts printed text to digital text, and then reads it aloud to the user. Its unique design combines a high-resolution camera with the power of an Intel® Atom™ processor, allowing users to point, shoot and listen to printed text. When the Intel Reader is used together with the Intel® Portable Capture Station, large amounts of text, such as a chapter or an entire book, can be easily captured for reading later. Users will have convenient and flexible access to a variety of printed materials, helping to not only increase their freedom, but improve their productivity and efficiency at school, work and home…. READ PRESS RELEASE

Intel introduces a digital book reader that reads aloud to the blind

By Dean Takahashi © — Ben Foss grew up with dyslexia, a visual impairment so severe that his mother had to read books to him throughout his school years, all the way through college. Now 36, he is spearheading the launch of a remarkable device from Intel that can read electronic books aloud to the blind or visually impaired. The Intel Reader is available today for $1,499. That’s a pretty hefty price, considering that devices like the $259 Amazon Kindle can read books aloud in a robotic voice. But the Intel Reader is based on a lot of research and is designed for the visually impaired, first and foremost. The reader can read digital files of books aloud. It can also capture images from any printed material and use its text-to-speech technology to read aloud the publication at a variety of listening speeds. It also has a four-inch color display that can render the words being read in large font sizes. The device can read millions of books that have been formatted online for visually-impaired readers, and it comes with a high-resolution camera that can convert printed text to digital text. The reader can then read the words aloud to the user. It can even work with web pages if users first capture the text from a site in a plain text file…. READ ARTICLE

Intel Makes an E-reader for the Visually Impaired

By Robert McMilla © IDG News Service/PC World — On Tuesday, Intel will start selling a nifty new e-reader that can snap pictures of books and newspapers and then read them back to people who have a hard time reading the printed page. Called the Intel Reader, the US$1,499 device assists people who are blind, dyslexic or have weak vision, said Ben Foss, the director of access technology with Intel’s Digital Health Group, who came up with the idea for the reader…. READ ARTICLE