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Kurzweil 1000

Product Category
Optical Character Recognition Systems

Product Type
  • Software
Product Description
Converts print into speech. Scans books, articles and bills, and reads the information out loud. Scanned text can be saved for future reference and modification. Can be used to open and read a variety of electronic text formats and search, download, and read electronic books and magazines directly from sites such as, Web-Braille and other electronic repositories.

Kurzweil Educational Systems

  • Handling Money
  • Magnifying Text on a Computer Screen
  • Reading Electronic Books and Other Material
  • Reading Print
Manufacturer's Suggested Price

Maintenance/Technical Support
Available by e-mail or by telephone.

Technical Support (Phone)
(888) 995-9905

Documentation Format
  • Electronic
  • Print
Product Evaluation
Recognizing and Rewarding: A Review of OpenBook and Kurzweil 1000
More Than One Way to Read: A Review of Kurzweil 1000 and OpenBook

Self Contained Unit

Compatible Operating Systems
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows 98
  • Windows ME
  • Windows NT (SP 6)
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP Home
  • Windows XP Pro
Hardware Requirement
  • CD-ROM Drive
  • IBM Compatible PC
  • Intel Pentium @400 Mhz Equivalent or Higher
  • Keyboard
  • PCI or AGB Graphics Card
  • Sound Card
  • TWAIN - Compatible Scanner
Available Hard Disk Space Required
500 MB

Memory Requirement

Installation Options
  • Speech Output
Keyboard Type
  • Full-Sized Keyboard
Output Devices
  • Monitors
  • Speech
Speech Output

Available with Braille Display

Scanner Type
  • Flat-Bed
  • Hand-Held
  • Sheet-Fed
Converts Scanned Text to MP3 Files

Recognizes and Reads PDF Files

Recognizes Currency

Searches Online for e-Books

OCR Engine
  • FineReader
  • RTK
Skill Level
  • Advanced
  • Intermediate
  • English (American)
  • Finnish
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish (Castilian)
Accessories (Included)
  • Dictionary
  • E-mail Capabilities
  • Speech Synthesizer
  • Spell Checker
  • Thesaurus
File Types Played
  • HTML
  • Microsoft Word
  • MP3
  • PDF
  • text

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