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Intel Reader Speaks Printed Text, Targets Vision/Learning Impaired
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 17:54

From DailyTech

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Millions of people could be helped, says Intel

There are an estimated 55 million people in the United States who have specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia or vision problems that hinder their ability to read. While there are solutions that can help mitigate these problems, millions of people around the world still have problems reading. A computer with text-to-speech capabilities can help, but doesn’t help much with printed text in textbooks or newspapers.

In order to address this problem, Intel is launching the Reader, a mobile device the size of a paperback book that converts printed text to digital text and then reads it aloud to the user. It combines a 5 megapixel camera with an Intel Atom processor, allowing users to point, shoot and listen to printed text. Storage is through a 4GB Intel Solid State Drive, while a rechargeable 3300 mAh 6-cell lithium-ion battery allows for four hours of continuous speech. Earphones are included for those who wish to listen privately to words being read. The Intel Reader weighs only 1.38 lbs (.63kg), allowing portability even for young children. [DailyTech....] [Comments...]



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