Intel device reads out loud
Intel Reader converts printed text to spoken word to help people with reading disabilities
Intel has developed an innovative electronic reader that can convert printed text to audio, aimed at people with dyslexia and the blind.
The Intel Reader is the size of a paperback book and comes with a high-resolution camera that captures printed text - allowing users to just point, shoot and listen to text automatically spoken out loud. Together with a special Portable Capture Station, large amounts of text, such as a chapter or an entire book, can be easily captured for reading later.
The device will be sold in the United States through select retailers and hopes to assist nearly 55 million people in the country that have learning disabilities and vision problems.
The concept for the device came from Intel researcher Ben Foss who was diagnosed with dyslexia when in elementary school and depended on others all through his education to read to him or was left with the option of slowly work on getting words off of a page himself.
"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," Foss said. "Feelings of loneliness are often the experience of not being able to read easily. We hope to open the doors for people in these communities. The Intel Reader is a tool that can help give people with dyslexia, low-vision, blindness or other reading-based disabilities access to the resources they need to participate and be successful in school, work and life."