Scan2Voice is a portable desktop magnifier that enables partially sighted and low vision users to read printed material and view 3D objects on their computer. The solution consists of a portable scanner and software application.
The foldable scanner can be clicked into the letter position, zoom position 1 and 2, whiteboard position and transport position. The scanner weighs only 1 kg and can thus be easily transported. It is suited to be used in the workplace, at school or at home.
Scanned text can be converted to editable text with the included ABBYY® FineReader® OCR software. An array of human sounding voices from Acapela and NeoSpeech are included to read text aloud. You can create your own audio book, in your favorite voice, using the Scan2Voice software and play it back as a WAV file.
When developing the electronic 40 x magnifying glass, particular attention was placed on its usability in day-to-day scenarios. It is possible, for example, to easily navigate around a scanned document or object. The magnifying glass works on the live video stream, scanned images and text converted with the included OCR.
An entire letter page can be scanned in less than 1 second at a resolution of more than 200 dpi. This is a very powerful feature to quickly scan, for example, books, magazines and batches of documents. Thanks to this high resolution, an optical zoom is no longer required. The electronic zoom makes navigating around the document much easier than moving the document beneath the camera.
The large depth of field in combination with the live video stream allow small text on, for example, yogurt cups, pizza boxes, telephone displays and remote controls to be read.
To increase the readability of text, a number of image enhancements are available: Contrast enhancement, inversion of colors and false colors - for example, white text on a black background, or white text on a blue background.
Scan2Voice ships with an integrated word processor that can be used to edit texts that have been converted with ABBYY® FineReader® OCR, copied from the clipboard or from a Microsoft Word document. This allows scanned paper documents and electronic documents to be read aloud and for the creation of audio books. Documents can be saved as DOC or PDF files.