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Inclusive Technology Announces the New Intel® Reader

The Intel® Reader

Transforms printed text into speech, anytime, anywhere!

Inclusive Technology today announced the Intel® Reader, a portable, handheld device designed to help those with reading-based difficulties, such as dyslexia or impaired vision, to access printed material.

The Intel Reader's built-in camera means the user can simply point, shoot, and quickly listen to books, handouts, worksheets, test papers and other printed materials. The Intel Reader converts printed text to speech in seconds.

The Intel® Reader

About the size of a paperback book, the Intel Reader provides all the power of a bulky PC plus scanner in a convenient size for school, home, or on the move.

It fits easily into a schoolbag or backpack and has a sturdy magnesium case and generous battery life of four hours continuous use.

In the classroom, students can use the Intel Reader to access printed course material and lesson content as it is handed out. The earphones allow private listening, clearly and discreetly, without disturbing others.

The Intel Reader can read back text in a variety of voices and speeds. Text is highlighted as it is read aloud, and users can have the Intel Reader pause and spell out highlighted words. It all helps students become independent learners.

The Intel Reader helps students organize and access their captured documents efficiently. With over 2Gb of storage space, pupils can store up to 600 pages of captured text or over 500,000 pages of text-only documents.

The library feature lets students bookmark favourite documents for fast access. They can navigate within a document by word, sentence, or by page, and go to a specific page or jump to the beginning or the end.


The Intel® Reader

The Intel Reader can store and play back a wide range of content as well as printed text entered using the camera.

This includes DAISY books and text transferred from a PC as well as MP3 or WAV music files.

It can also generate audio versions of printed materials, as MP3s, that can be played on most digital music players or computers. A USB connection makes it easy to transfer files to or from a personal computer.


The Intel® Portable Capture Station

An optional accessory, the Intel® Portable Capture Station is a sturdy stand that holds the camera in position to enable quick and convenient capture of large amounts of text.

A transparent film holds books flat and the large, easy-to-find 'capture' button on the base helps users quickly capture lots of pages. The stand folds into a convenient briefcase size with built-in carry handle. The Intel Reader will also work without the Capture Station.

The concept for the Intel Reader came from Ben Foss, a researcher at Intel. In school he showed symptoms of dyslexia and had to depend on others to read to him or work through the slow process of getting words off of a page himself.

Ben said, "As someone who is part of this dyslexic community, I am thrilled to be able to help level the playing field for people who, like me, do not have easy access to the printed word."


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