by Lindsay Paul
From the Editor: Lindsay Paul, senior associate with Burson Marsteller Healthcare Practice, the public relations firm managing the release of the Intel Reader®, has asked us to print the following announcement. Here it is:
Intel recently announced the launch of the Intel Reader, a mobile handheld device designed to help people gain more freedom and independence, enjoy greater flexibility, and increase productivity by providing convenient and versatile access to a variety of printed materials.
The Intel Reader, which is about the size of a paperback book, converts printed text to digital text, and then reads it aloud to the user. Its unique design combines a high-resolution camera with the power of an Intel® Atom™ processor, allowing users to point, shoot, and listen to printed text. The Intel Reader will be available in the United States through select resellers, including CTL, Don Johnston Incorporated, GTSI, Howard Technology Solutions, and HumanWare.
When the Intel Reader is used together with the Intel® Portable Capture Station, large amounts of text, such as a chapter or an entire book, can be easily gathered for reading later. Users will have convenient and flexible access to a variety of printed materials, helping to increase their freedom and improve their productivity and efficiency at school, work, and home.
“The National Federation of the Blind is pleased that Intel has recognized the need for products that address the reading needs of people who are blind or have difficulty reading print for other reasons. It is encouraging that innovative companies continue to drive the advancement of reading technology, as this continued innovation will enhance access to the printed word for all Americans,” said Dr. Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind.
The Intel Reader can store and play back a wide choice of content, including MP3, DAISY books, and even text transferred from a PC. It can also be used to generate audio versions of printed materials, such as MP3s that play 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.
“The Intel Digital Health Group’s expertise is in finding innovative technology solutions to improve quality of life,” said Louis Burns, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Digital Health Group. “We are proud to offer the Intel Reader as a tool for people who have trouble reading standard print so they can more easily access important information such as reading a job offer letter or even the menu at a restaurant." For more information about the Intel Reader, visit <www.reader.intel.com>.