Freedom Scientific releases a portable reading solution for the visually impaired
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Freedom Scientific Introduces Portable Reading Solution for the Visually Impaired
(St. Petersburg, Florida – March 24, 2010) - Freedom Scientific today announced its new PEARL™ portable reading solution that converts printed text to human-like
speech in seconds.
The PEARL is sure to be a hit with blind and low vision students and professionals everywhere, the product combines the new PEARL portable reading camera
and the latest release of Freedom Scientific’s popular OpenBook™ software. The PEARL camera deploys in seconds to connect to a PC, and users simply press
a keystroke to snap a picture and hear their documents read back to them with synthesized speech while they control the reading rate and voice. OpenBook
lets them select from the Eloquence synthesizer or one of the human-sounding voices from RealSpeak Solo Direct®.
Capturing text images is faster than ever before. The PEARL camera has an automatic mode that senses motion, so it knows to snap an image whenever a page
is turned. Place a paperback novel sideways and the PEARL will snap two pages at a time and maintain the pagination. For larger books, capture the even
pages first, and then flip the book over to capture the odd pages. Keep turning the pages while OpenBook reads to you, capturing up to 20 pages of a bound
book per minute.
Use the PEARL to read books, newspapers, magazines, and bills. OpenBook identifies columns and places them in logical reading order. Change the language
setting to read foreign language documents with native speaker voices. Once a page has been captured, OpenBook gives low vision users multiple options
for viewing the information. They can display the text so that it wraps on the screen, enlarge the font, change the font style, change the foreground and
background colors, and have the individual words spotlighted as they are spoken.
The PEARL can also be used as a video magnifier showing a live image of your document on your PC. Navigate with the virtual XY table from the keyboard.
Even write under the camera in a magnified view. The PEARL works in most room lighting. If the room is dark, simply turn on the built-in LED lighting.
"The PEARL is the ultimate in portable scanning and reading. The camera sets up in seconds to provide a stable platform with alignment features to ensure
you capture a good image every time," said Brad Davis, Vice President of Hardware Product Management for Freedom Scientific. "Because it works with OpenBook
9, users will have all the features and ease of use that OpenBook provides. You can edit documents in split view, add comments and highlighting, and even
export them to other applications like Microsoft Word. Now, the PEARL camera adds lightning fast OCR for real-time reading. When you are ready to move
on, fold the PEARL into a compact package and zip it into its protective neoprene case. Carry it by its shoulder strap or slip it into your briefcase or
The PEARL camera is priced at $1,195, and OpenBook 9 is $995. Together the solution costs $2,190. Those who already have a previous version of OpenBook
can upgrade to OpenBook 9 for $150.
Both the PEARL camera and OpenBook 9 will begin shipping in May.
Special Half-off Introductory Price
The PEARL reading camera comes with a two-year warranty and is available at the special introductory price of $600 until July 15, 2010.
Come see the PEARL at Freedom Scientific’s booth #405 at the CSUN International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference in San Diego March 24
– 27, 2010.
For more information, please visit the
Freedom Scientific Web site
or call 877-256-9847.
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