Saturday, September 3, 2011

Intel Reader Assistive Technology for Dyslexia, Low Vision and Blindness

A week or so ago, I was suffering insomnia and was up at four am and turned on CNN.

I was interested to see a nice looking gadget, developed by a Dyslexic Law Graduate. I was impressed by the look and function of the machine.

Basically a portable computer, looking about the same size as a first generation Kindle Reader. You photograph any text with a built in camera, the computer then generates a speech file which it uses to read that text.

The real bonus for me looks like it comes in at less than $1,000 for the basic unit. That is around $500 less than the competition, many of which are not portable, but tied to a desktop computer. Many of the items such as stands for copying large amounts of text such as in books are available for additional charges and so it is expandable to quite a large system, which will make it comparable in cost to those other computer/desk top systems in cost and function.

An interesting feature for me was that it can save speech files to MP3 files so it will store textbooks or any kind of book to an iPod, or MP3 player for easy listening later.

I am seriously looking at purchasing the product. As I am about to embark on a Masters degree, so I can see it getting a lot of use.

I do not currently own this product, nor do I endorse it. I have not received payment nor do I have any connection to the product manufacturer or its supplier linked here.

I will write a fuller review of the product after I have purchased it. This post is for information and is not an endorsement of the product nor the supplier company.

Intel Reader Assistive Technology for Dyslexia, Low Vision and Blindness