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A breakthrough for people who are blind or visually impaired

Xerox Canada Ltd. has introduced a series of new products, including The Reading Edge -- a portable synthesized-voice reading machine that establishes a new standard of affordability and ease of use. People who are blind or visually impaired now will have unprecedented access to print materials.

The Reading Edge combines voice synthesizers and Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR) technologies. These scan and recognize text from documents or books, literally "reading" the text aloud. The machine's portability and ease of use provides immediate access to any printed material in virtually any location, and enables people who have difficulty accessing print to leverage opportunities for education, employment and enjoyment.

The Reading Edge weighs about 9 kilograms, is just slightly larger than a briefcase, and costs $5,495 (US). It is a fraction of the weight, size and price of the first-generation Kurzweil reading machine.

For more information contact: David G. Smith, Xerox Canada Ltd. (416) 733-6726; Susan Rennie, Xerox Canada Ltd. (Imaging), (416) 733-6064; Vicki Mains, CNIB National Office, (416) 480-7597.
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Title Annotation:Xerox Canada Inc.'s voice reading machine
Publication:Canadian Manager
Article Type:Evaluation
Date:Mar 22, 1993
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