Optical Character Recognition Systems
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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|Book Reader V100||Bookreader v100 is speciallyDesigned for book scanning. The...|
|Cleareader Basic||The 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+ Advanced||ClearReader+ Advanced Features: Read aloud device - click a...||Order Clearreader+ Advanced from The Chicago Lighthouse Store|
|Eye-Pal Ace Plus||
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|Eye-Pal Reader||A USB device with a camera on a stand. The camera uses a mot...|
|Eye-pal ROL||The Eye-Pal ROL (Read Out Loud), is designed for comfort, po...|
|Eye-pal Solo||The Eye-Pal SOLO is a voice output reading machine and optic...||http://www.lighthousetoolsforliving.com/Ex-Demo-Eyepal-Solo-LV_p_1349.html|
|ezVIP||A 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|
|Ovation||Portable optical character recognition system that scans and...|
|Poet Compact 2||The 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 Reader||Stand-alone scanner with British English speech incorporatin...||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|SARA Scanning and Reading Appliance||Stand-alone reading machine that allows users to scan and re...|
|Simon Reading Machine||New version of the Pronto stand-alone reading machine with a...||email@example.com|
|Text Cloner Pro||Scanning software designed to work with a user’s existing sc...|
|VIP||Scans and automatically converts text into the user-selected...|