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Hands-on with Intel's Reader. The chip giant spills the beans

by Tarinder Sandhu on 17 November 2009, 10:00

Tags: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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HEXUS wrote about Intel's Reader last week. Designed to aid the dyslexic, blind, and sight-impaired by transforming text into speech, the Atom-powered device piqued our interest.

Scott Bicheno, editor of, sat down with Intel's Ben Foss, who gave a hands-on demonstration on how the Reader works, and much, much more. Take a look for yourselves.

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The demo clearly shows it doesnt work. It couldn't read the first simple scentence in the demo. It does not understand words, punctuation or scentences.

My ZX spectrum had a similar speach synthesiser from Currah. That was well over 20 years ago. The voice back then did sound like a cylon, that was cool, better than having a whiney american voice. However for long term useability it has improved.

Advertising this towards dyslexic people is pretty low. They are the ones who spend too much time allready avoiding reading, thus becoming lazy and not developing the part of the brain that enables you to read.

For blind people - It would no doubt be a handy tool, however printed works are allready availble in digital form, so no need to scan, and there are much better text to speach systems out. It would be good if this had ocr that could read hand writing.

A nobel attempt, The hardware part looks sound, navigation appears fast and responsive. The software side lets the unit down, It sounds terrible, it's not accurate, making the whole unit's usefullness questionable. Shame on intels coders for doing such a shoddy job.