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Optical Character Recognition Systems

Optical character recognition (OCR) systems provide persons who are blind or visually impaired with the capacity to scan printed text and then have it spoken in synthetic speech or saved to a computer file. There are three essential elements to OCR technology—scanning, recognition, and reading text.
   Initially, a printed document is scanned by a camera. OCR software then converts the images into recognized characters and words and creates temporary files containing the text’s characters and page layout. The recognition process takes account of the logical structure of the language. An OCR system will deduce that the word “tke” at the beginning of a sentence is a mistake and should be read as the word “the.” OCR systems also use a lexicon and apply spell-checking techniques similar to those found in many word processors. The synthesizer in the OCR system then speaks the recognized text. Finally, the information is stored in an electronic form. In some OCRs these temporary files can be converted into formats retrievable by commonly used computer software such as word processors, spreadsheets, and databases. A person who is blind or visually impaired can access the scanned text by using adaptive technology devices that magnify the computer screen or provide speech or braille output.
   Current generation OCR systems provide very good accuracy and formatting capabilities at prices that are up to ten times lower than a few years ago. The price for the most popular PC-based OCR systems is about $1,000. This does not include the personal computer and screen access equipment. Prices of self-contained OCR systems and those that come bundled with a PC range from $3,500 to $5,500.
   Here are some questions to ask when purchasing optical character recognition systems:
•   Do you prefer a stand-alone OCR product or a software-based product?
•   Is the software-based OCR system compatible with your computer’s operating system?
•   Do you require screen-reading capabilities in addition to the OCR?
•   Do you require braille output?

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Product NameProduct DescriptionDistributor ContactImage/Multimedia Available?
Book Reader V100Bookreader v100 is speciallyDesigned for book scanning. The...
Cleareader BasicThe Optelec ClearReader+ Basic brings portability, simplicit... Order Cleareader Basic from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Cleareader+Reading anytime and anywhere with the Optelec ClearReader+. ... Order Cleareader+ from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Clearreader+ AdvancedClearReader+ Advanced Features: Read aloud device - click a... Order Clearreader+ Advanced from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Eye-Pal Ace Plus

The Eye-Pal® Ace Plus is a portable scanner, reader...

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Eye-Pal ReaderA USB device with a camera on a stand. The camera uses a mot...
Eye-pal ROLThe Eye-Pal ROL (Read Out Loud), is designed for comfort, po...
Eye-pal SoloThe Eye-Pal SOLO is a voice output reading machine and optic... http://www.lighthousetoolsforliving.com/Ex-Demo-Eyepal-Solo-LV_p_1349.html
ezVIPA simplified version of VIP which can be operated with a 4-b...
Kurzweil 1000 Converts print into speech. Scans books, articles and bills,...
Kurzweil 3000 Displays printed or electronic text on the computer screen. ...
OpenBook Scans and converts printed documents or graphics-based text ...
Optelec ClearReader+The Optelec ClearReader+ brings portability, simplicity and ... Order Optelec ClearReader+ from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
OvationPortable optical character recognition system that scans and...
Poet Compact 2The Poet Compact2 is a standalone reading machine for people... Sales department at BAUM USA
Poet Compact 2+The Poet Compact2 is a standalone reading machine for people... BAUM USA sales department
Portset ReaderStand-alone scanner with British English speech incorporatin... contact@tvi-web.com
SARA Scanning and Reading ApplianceStand-alone reading machine that allows users to scan and re...
Simon Reading MachineNew version of the Pronto stand-alone reading machine with a... evitu@flash.net
Smart Reader
Text Cloner ProScanning software designed to work with a user’s existing sc...
VIPScans and automatically converts text into the user-selected...

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