Scanning and Reading for All
If there is one area of technology that has changed more than most it is scanning and reading. We already provide a wide range of options including the ClearReader, PEARL and OpenBook, SARA CE, Zoom-Ex and Zoom-Twix.
Well there is now another option about to be released in the US and we think this one is worthy of a close look. It is called the Eye-Pal Ace and incorporates two cameras (both are 5 MP auto-focus HD cameras), a screen and all the controls within a single box that weighs just 1.6kg.
Why Two Cameras?
The first camera takes a picture of any A4 document and sends the image to be converted to speech and large print.
The second camera enables live video, meaning you can use it as a regular electronic magnifier.
At around the size of a regular book (27cm x 26cm x 7.6cm), the Eye-Pal Ace can easily be carried around. It will run from batteries or mains power and has an auto-standby feature to preserve battery life. There are also two bright LED lights built-in that are positioned so as not to shine in the users eyes.
The positioning of the lights and cameras also facilitates writing, though we have yet to try this ourselves.
The Eye-Pal Ace has been developed by Abisee in the US, makers of the Zoom-Ex and Zoom-Twix.
So they have plenty of experience in scanning and reading. With the Eye-Pal Ace they claim only a three second delay between scanning a page and having it read back to you.
There are obvious applications for the Eye-Pal Ace for seniors who may be losing their vision. However, we believe it may also provide some interesting options within education for students with a print disability. Let us know if you have a student who may wish to trial the Eye-Pal Ace.