updated 11:30 am EST, Tue November 10, 2009
Intel Reader converts text, aids the blind
Intel today launched a new handheld specifically to help with reading. The simply-titled Reader carries a camera and automatic text conversion to translate printed text into a digital form that can be read either onscreen or spoken aloud. It's billed as useful to archive text but is focused on helping the blind or poor-sighted read without needing to use Braille.
The system is logically based on Intel's own Atom processor but has a basic display for navigating and reading the interface. It can read DAISY-formatted books but can also handle MP3 and WAV files, including those that haven't been created on the Reader itself. Both mini and full USB ports give it a way of transferring content to a computer.
Intel expects the reader to be available within the next few weeks both to education and through retailers like CTL, which lists it for $1,500 and starts shipping within one to two weeks.