Intel Reader

Sure, Intel is primarily a chip maker, but every once and a while they throw us a product curve ball.  The Reader (yup, that’s what it’s called) is a handheld device that can literally read aloud the text of a physical book.  It’s intended use is for the physically blind or those who are challenged by a learning disability, but it could also serve as an archiving system.

It works by using OCR, or optical character recognition, and captures the text through a small built-in 5 megapixel camera.  I’m skeptical as to how much text it can read and convert in one given snap shot, but Intel says that “conversions [are] fast”.

Total on board storage of the device is 4GB (solid state) and a USB port helps to transfer any stored data to your personal computer.  The battery should be good for about 4 hour of audio playback and the reader is also compatible with a variety of file formats (DAISY 2.02* (DAISY), NISO 2002* (z2002 or DAISY 3*), NISO 2005* (z2005 or DAISY 3), NIMAS 1.0/1.1*, MP3, WAV, ASCII text) and contains a 3.5mm headphone jack for greater privacy.

The Intel Reader is said to ship sometime in the next few weeks and cost about $1,500.

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Christen Costa

 
Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."