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Reviews on KNFB Reader

I know that a product called the KNFB Reader just came out this month. I'm thinking about buying it. Before I spend $3,495, I want to know if it's worth buying it. If anyone has used this technology, please respond by describing your experiences with it. If you've had bad or good experiences with it, please explain. I want to know what the drawbacks and benefits are in using this technology. Thank you.

Daniel...

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Hello, I happen to be a blind veteran. The VA issued me a KNFB Reader on an N82 cell phone, right? After building a stand to hold the phone above the desired paper, I thought it worked great and was very accurate and easy to work. I haven't had anything else to work with, so I can't compare it to anything else...
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Has audio capabilities though I've read it has the painfully robotic voice.


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Does anyone know whether the new e-readers (Sony Reader and Kindle) have any audio capabilities? I work in a college and would love to find a more user friendly solution for reading textbooks for students who have issues with reading text or need to both see and hear text. It seems as soon as we are poised to try the newest technology, something else comes along. Should we wait and see if the e-readers are going to be the answer? I really would like to hear your thoughts. Thanks. Anna


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I really think I would save my money, and don't buy the KNFB reader. It is really a model T when you think of it. Its bulkiness is just crazy, and it has many drawbacks such as time that it takes to read and convert the text. I am a NFB member and I think its a great start to whats going to come, but they should have spent the time in research. I really don't thik they gave it to alot of younger people, I can do the same thing, with the exception of the license plate thing someone mentioned, with my laptop and I.R.I.S pen scanner.


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Hi daniel. I'm a girl. I'm a sr in high school.I have a friend in ca.


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Hey Random Guy,
Thanks for your response. From what you've said, it seems as though it's gonna take some memorization if I buy it. I wish more people exposed to the KNFB Reader would find time to respond on this message board. I found on the internet an audio demonstration of this technology. It's quite informative. The demo can be found at: http://www.hipcast.com/playweb?audioid=Pe31924d8d1...
Well thanks a lot my friend!

Idolfan,
You're right! It was unbearable here in California. Elderly and sick people died because of the heatwave. Unfortunate! But it's letting down, at least for now. As for your question: I'm what the ancient Greeks called a cyclops. I didn't descend from a giant, though, and I'm not from Sicily either. Oh yeah, now that I remember, a homeless man once mistook me for a Sicilian (I'm Latino). I can see out of my left eye, but very blurrily. You know what, I don't even know if you're male or female. What the heck are you? Well, be hearing from you later.

Daniel...


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I live in TN. It's not as hot as it was last week. I heard It's unbearable in California.are you totaly blind?


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I am sighted, and in the industry, but more on the low vision side. I did have a chance to play with one the other day. It surprised the heck out of me because it worked pretty well. It is fairly simple to use, but it wasn't flawless performance. (There were several re-boots)

However, the accuracy is pretty high when conditions are favorable. e.g. White paper, black ink. It also read a magazine page pretty well, given the different colored backgrounds and fonts.

I went outside and snapped a pic of my car from a few feet away, and it read the license plate!

The tactile interface needs work. It is not very friendly when it comes time to start pushing buttons. The function buttons are miniscule and really close together, and the camera buttons are flush and smooth, with no obvious way to distinguish them.

There is also a huge delay between pushing the shutter button and the actual picture snap.

Bottom line, it's a good first run, very useful tool, but it feels like it was released before the focus groups input was incorporated.


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Idolfan,

Thanks for responding so quickly. I wonder why nobody else has answered this. Maybe nobody has bought the KNFb reader. It feels like a no-man's-land on this message board. But it's good to know that there actually is life out here, even though our correspondence has nothing to do with the subject. I live out here in sunny southern California. I assume you're either from Texas or Tenn. It must be hot out there, too. I hope someone will be responding soon to my question. Nice talking with you.

Your pen-pal,

Daniel...

Someone, anyone, please let me know something, anything, about your experience with the KNFB Reader! I'll be waiting.


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I don't know if there is a demonstration but I just saw a link on www.nfb.org. The name idolfan is because I like amercan idol.Lol i can't spell. hope that helps. where do you live. just curious.


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Hey there Idolfan,
I don't live near Tenn or Tex.

Do you remember where online it was that you saw the demonstration? I'd like to have a look.

By the way, what's up with the user name "idolfan"? Are you a fan of Billy Idol or what? Don't tell me you're a pagan.

Well, see you later man!

Daniel...


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Well, I haven't seen the reader. But The tennessee chapter of the nfb either is or will be testing one.I've seen a demonstration of one on line though. Sounds very cool. Did you go to convention in Texas? I'm sure they had them on display.


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