New Intel Reader for Dyslexics

Intel through their Health Division has produced a reader device for dyslexics, sight-impaired people and the blind.

Using its in-built camera you shoot the page of text, menu, timetable or whatever and it converts it into speech that you can listen to through headphones or the device’s speaker. You can collect all the pages of a book into one document and can view the text (or included diagrams) while listening to the text being read.

This looks like a great device for dyslexics. It does seem a bit larger than I would think desirable, though this is probably because of design to suit the blind and the price at US$1,500 seems high. But this is really a step in the right direction.

What I’d love to see in future is an app for an iPhone that can do this. That would make it truly convenient for dyslexics and also be more discreet.

You can view the details of the Intel Reader on their website.

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