Sakhr brings reading pleasure to the blind

Sakhr Software is using its Arabic optical character recognition and text to speech technology to help blind and partially sighted people to read in English or Arabic.

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By  Rob Corder Published  March 19, 2001

Sakhr Software is using its Arabic optical character recognition and text to speech technology to help blind and partially sighted people to read.

The company has released three solutions: one that reads out loud from printed pages; one that reads from a computer screen; and a third solution that combines both paper and screen reading.

Paper Reader allows the user to listen to the contents of printed materials without the help of the sighted. After scanning any document or printed paper, the input on the computer is deciphered via Sakhr’s OCR (Optical Character Recognition) that recognises the scanned text and transfers it into editable readable text. This output is read aloud by the system using Sakhr’s TTS (Text To Speech) engine, where the user can switch between Arabic and English interfaces.

The Paper Reader guides the user and informs him/her the next step, while at the same time accepting voice commands.

Screen Reader: lets the user control the computer and perform tasks using the keyboard instead of the mouse. It also uses Sakhr’s Arabic/English TTS engine to read text displayed on the screen in both languages. It recognizes and verbalizes objects, icons, cursor movements, text strings, menus, and buttons of Windows applications such as word processors and others.

The Screen Reader contains two other tools: the Net Reader and the Email Reader. The Net Reader is an audio web browsing and navigation tool that enables the user to browse the Internet and listen to web site contents in English and Arabic. And the E-mail Reader is a special e-mail browser that enables the user to send, receive, and listen to e-mail messages.

The Complete Solution for the visually impaired: includes both Paper Reader and Screen Reader.

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