The Intel Reader Photographs Text and Reads it Back to You

Illustration for article titled The Intel Reader Photographs Text and Reads it Back to You

Intel's Reader for the visually impaired isn't a concept; it goes on sale today. Using an Atom processor, 5-megapixel camera, and Intel's Linux-based Moblin OS, it turns book pages into digital text and MP3s…then reads aloud in a synthesized voice.

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Ben Foss, Director of Access Technology at Intel's Digital Health group said the device is also intended to assist those with severe Dyslexia, an impairment he himself grew up with. "We want people to experience the independence of being able to read on their own in a public place or anywhere they want to."

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Prototypes of the paper-back sized device were tested with more than 400 visually-impaired users, including some who were completely blind. The reader can adjust the speed of reading, and it's 2GB of storage can hold about 500,000 pages of text; roughly 600 pages of scanned books.

At $1500, it's not cheap. But compared to even more expensive Braille readers, it has a shot as a specialty device. [Intel via VentureBeat]

Illustration for article titled The Intel Reader Photographs Text and Reads it Back to You

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I question how well a visually impaired person could take a picture of a page of text. If it's any sort of mainstream text, it could be easily downloaded instead but then the device is just an ereader that costs 5 times as much, is bigger, and won't go as long on one charge.

It's niche market would be the visually impaired or dyslexic that need to read newsletters, local magazines, local newspapers, that can't be accessed on an ereader or netbook (with a text-to-speach program). I can't imagine this staying in production for long. #intelreaderebooktexttospeech