Intel's Reader for the visually impaired isn't a concept; it goes on sale today. Using an Atom processor, 5-megapixel camera and Intel's Linux-based Moblin OS, it turns book pages into digital text and MP3s…then reads aloud in a synthesised voice.
Ben Foss, Director of Access Technology at Intel's Digital Health group said the device is also intended to assist those with severe Dyslexia, an impairment he himself grew up with. "We want people to experience the independence of being able to read on their own in a public place or anywhere they want to."
Prototypes of the paper-back sized device were tested with more than 400 visually impaired users, including some who were completely blind. The reader can adjust the speed of reading, and its 2GB of storage can hold about 500,000 pages of text; roughly 600 pages of scanned books.