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Intel Reader - Mobile Device that Reads Print Aloud

by Intel
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Tactile buttons, voice menus, and simple navigation for easy operation
  • Point-shoot-listen for quick, easy reading of short documents or reading on the go
  • Sturdy, portable design fits easily in a backpack or handbag
  • Recognizes document elements such as columns and pages, and users can navigate within the text
  • Users can mark favourite documents for quick retrieval
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Product Information

Technical Details
Model NumberR1IAT11STDUK
Item Weight2.5 Kg
Product Dimensions29.2 x 19.6 x 16.2 cm
Material Typeplastic
Manufacturer Part NumberR1IAT11STDUK
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 107,587 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.5 Kg
Date First Available17 Nov 2009
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The Mobile Device That Reads Print Aloud
The Intel Reader enhances independence for people with reading-based learning difficulties, visual impairments, or blindness by providing convenient and flexible access to a variety of printed materials. The unique design of the Intel Reader combines a high-resolution camera with the power of an Intel Atom processor, to take a picture of printed text, convert it to digital text and then read it aloud to the user. For adults and children facing challenges in reading, improving access to the printed word can be life-changing. Being able to “read” for yourself can increase your freedom, enjoyment and confidence, and it can help you accomplish more at school or work. Capturing and playing back text with the Intel Reader is as easy as point, shoot, listen. You just hold the Intel Reader over the printed text, push the “Capture” button to take a picture of the page and the Intel Reader will play it back to you on the spot. You can listen to it through the earphones if you want more privacy.

The mobile device that reads print aloud

The mobile device that reads print aloud
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Convenient Mobile Reading
Weighing just over 600 grams and about the size of a paperback book, the Intel Reader fits easily in a handbag or backpack and is ideal for reading on the go, with a sturdy magnesium case and generous battery life. Point-shoot-listen mode enables reading in a variety of locations, from work and school to shopping or travel, making it easy to read product labels, concert programs, guidebooks and other text on the go, and the earphones allow private listening, clearly and discretely, without disturbing others.

Gain Independence, Privacy and Confidence
The Intel Reader does not require sight to operate. Easy-to-locate buttons, audio and visual navigation, and straightforward menus make it easy to locate the functions you need. For people with low vision, the large screen display can zoom in and out and text size can easily be adjusted.

Content Management Features
The Intel Reader helps you organise and access your content efficiently so you can accomplish tasks faster. The library feature lets you bookmark favourite documents for fast access. The Intel Reader allows you to navigate within a document by word, sentence, or by page, and go to a specific page or jump to the beginning or the end. During playback, the text is highlighted as it is read aloud, and the Intel Reader can pause and spell out highlighted words.

Convenient Bulk Capture for Large Documents
The Intel Portable Capture Station is used with the Intel Reader to quickly and conveniently capture large amounts of text for school, work or pleasure. The sturdy, portable stand enables complete, rapid text capture, holding the camera to help capture books, magazines, newspapers, and other documents. A transparent film holds books flat for easy capture, and the large, easy-to-find capture button on the base helps users quickly capture lots of pages. The Capture Station folds up into a convenient briefcase size for use at home, work or school. It is sold separately from the Intel Reader. The Intel Reader will function without the Portable Capture Station.

Content and Playback Choices
The Intel Reader can store and play back a wide choice of content. It will play most content, including MP3, DAISY* books and even text transferred from a PC or Mac*, as well as MP3 or WAV music files. It can also generate audio versions of printed materials, such as MP3s, that can be played on most digital music players or computers. Users can play back content with lifelike voices, selecting gender, pitch, and speed to suit their personal preferences. A USB connection makes it easy to transfer files to or from a personal computer or USB drive.

The Intel Reader has been tested and successfully used by people of all vision levels, including those who have visual impairments such as partial sightedness or are blind.

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Customer Reviews

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intel Reader 1 Feb 2010
A brilliant device that though not perfect is helping to transform everyday life. Being visually impaired I can see an A4 letter sheet but can't read any of it even with a magnifying glass. Instead of having to rely on my wife, in about 30 seconds, the Intel Reader will read it to me. It takes practice to get the distance and aim right. I find the lens(not the red light) should be just over a foot directly above the centre of the sheet. Pronunciation, expression and emphasis can be odd but you can pause to reread a word or telephone number or spell it out one character at a time. It will read cooking instructions off the back of a packet.
You need patience to read a magazine since it can take 30 seconds to read any page before you discover you don't want it.
It will read a paperback but it's not particularly pleasant because of the lack of human interpretation. Its better to get audiobooks from RNIB or CALIBRE.
The design is good as the buttons are easy to find by touch and the menus are simple to use and they are read to you. It takes a couple of days of practice to get the best results.

In short, for information it is superb, for pleasurable reading, not so good.
I look forward to a faster future development.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So well intentioned but ultimately flawed. 26 Feb 2010
By Mr. B. R. Good VINE VOICE
Any device designed to support disabled people deserves proper consideration and a chance to prove it's worth. The Intel Reader (IR), for all it's flaws, provides a useful service (in theory) to people who are blind, partially sighted or just busy. However, it would appear to be unsure of it's own identity. What exactly is it`s real purpose? Software to convert images to text already exists. Software to electronically read text already exists. Was it really necessary to combine both in a package at such a high end price and relatively bulky size? It is more reminiscent of 1980`s mobile phone than 2010 gadget. Although the Intel Reader (world's largest semiconductor chip maker)
is based upon the Intel Atom chip, this is not a fast, responsive gadget. Even button selection takes it's time to respond. There are many questions begging to be asked. For example:
- If a person is blind or partially sighted there is simply no way they could prepare the images, set it all up and then play it back without help.

- Why do some of the components have Braille stickers attached when the actual IR manual is not? A slightly tokenistic gesture perhaps? Essentially, you can locate the battery pack and a few other parts thanks to a Braille sticker, but to use the IR will require much help.

- Could the IR have been cheaper by allowing users to attach their own digital camera? The inbuilt cam is 5mp and the quality is not very different to most digital cameras on the market.

This is where my disappointment kicked in fully. Taking the initial photographs was not plain sailing. The glare from the red focus beam helped to obscure text.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Cheesy
POTENTIAL PURCHASERS; if you decide to purchase this product please make sure that you contact Amazon and ensure that you get the VAT exemption to which you are entitled.

AMAZON; please get your act together, give customers the correct information and figure out a way you can make the process more customer focused.

This product was purchased, along with the portable capture station, for my dad who is severely visually impaired and it has proved invaluable. It was really easy to set up and use straight from the box and results are impressive. Not only can my dad 'read' letters in private now he has also used the reader as a mobile device, enabling him to 'read' things like labels on museum exhibits etc.

It's great to see mainstream companies such as Intel entering into this market and my hope is that upgrades will be relatively easily available in time. It is also my hope that, in common with most other technology, products like this will become more affordable quite quickly.

The reason that I've dropped one star is to do with Amazon rather than the product itself. It is disappointing that Amazon do not have any mechanism for enabling purchase of this product minus VAT. Most products specifically designed to meet a disability related need are exempt from VAT but this is not mentioned anywhere on the page for this product or on Amazon's website.

Having contacted them prior to purchase Amazon did agree to refund the VAT on receipt of a signed declaration but only after purchase. Unfortunately this process was somewhat drawn out with Amazon claiming they had not received the declaration despite me having posted hard copies on three occasions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A potentially revolutionary device 10 Mar 2010
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The Intel Reader is a great idea and a potentially revolutionary device. Unfortunately the device falls just short in some areas but it is still of great merit.

The Intel Reader is approximately 150 x 130 x 30 mm (length x height x width) with a 95 x 55 mm (approx.) screen. It is surprisingly light in weight given its size.

The basic function of the Intel Reader is thus: you take a photo of a document and you can then (a) read the document on the electronic screen, and (b) have the words audibly 'spoken' to you by the device.

For someone with sight problems who has difficulty reading the smaller print in letters, newspapers, and books, the Intel Reader could be a life-enhancing product. The font size can be adjusted on the screen as necessary, and the ability to have the words delivered in an audio format eliminates the need for reading entirely.

Unfortunately, the Intel Reader is not perfect. To achieve best results and recognition of words, there is an optimal distance from which to take photos of printed documents. This involves some trial and error. You could also invest in the Intel Portable Capture Station for this purpose but this costs a further 250 and should really have been included in the package. In any case, the Intel Reader is very good but not flawless at recognising words. The audio function of the Intel Reader is effective in a basic way but is limited to broken speech, as you could imagine from a device that electronically recognises individual words and 'speaks' them one after another.

Importantly, despite its technical limitations, the Intel Reader works and can provide increased independence and freedom to those who would most benefit from it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A totally Blind user's perspective
The intel reader for me has been a revelation. I am totally blind and have been since birth. Although I live with somebody sighted, I like to be as independent as possible, taking... Read more
Published 18 months ago by mr J. R. Jolley
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the grumblers
OK so it is not perfect but a brilliant attempt nonetheless. The reading voice is as natural as I have heard from a Text to Speech machine and there are some nice nuances, such as... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Gus
3.0 out of 5 stars Commendable Intentions by Intel not quite matched in execution
Firstly, Intel should be commended for using technology in such a positive way. The idea is well intended even if ultimately, it fails to deliver. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2011 by Tangerine
1.0 out of 5 stars Expensive and outdated
I cannot see what this particular device does that any Apple Mac will not do with it's own on-board software. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2010 by Furby Flyer
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This must be the first device I've held that have the words 'Intel' and 'Health' written next to each other - something of an unlikely pairing. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2010 by Picard
2.0 out of 5 stars Accuracy of Intel Reader
I am really disappointed in the accuracy of the Intel Reader - I estimate that it gets approx 2% of the words wrong. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2010 by Brian McFarlane
4.0 out of 5 stars Has been great for my father
My father has been registered blind for almost ten years. Over the years he has purchased many different products to try help him carry on with his everyday life. Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2010 by jcbiking
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This device seemed like a godsend for my father who has recently been registered blind. When it arrived it had a very short stay with him as it missed words and could not recognise... Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2009 by Mrs. J. R. Newport
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