On Nov. 10, Intel will start selling a nifty new electronic reader that can snap pictures of books and newspapers and then read them back to people who have a hard time reading the printed page, PC World reports. Called the Intel Reader, the $1,499 device helps people who are blind, dyslexic, or have weak vision, said Ben Foss, the director of access technology with Intel’s Digital Health Group. Foss says the Reader will give many of them a new freedom to read books, magazines, and newspapers that would otherwise be inaccessible. Users simply hold the Reader a few feet above the paper they want to read; it snaps a photo and within seconds converts the page to text, which it can then display in a large font or read out loud. Sold by resellers such as CTL, Howard Technology Solutions, and HumanWare, the paperback-sized device combines a 5-megapixel camera with a Linux-powered, optical character-recognition system and software that converts text into the spoken word. With 2 GB of storage, it can store about 600 snapshots of scanned pages; at two pages per snapshot, that would represent a 1,200-page paperback novel. The device represents a sleeker alternative to more cumbersome reading aides such as text magnifiers, which cost around $3,000 each, and Braille readers, which can cost between $7,000 and $10,000, Foss said…

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