Chicago, IL, December 18, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Thanks to a new portable device available through The Chicago Lighthouse, people who are blind, visually impaired or dyslectic will now be able to read anytime, anyplace.
Similar in size to a paperback book, the Intel Reader is able to take pictures of text, convert it into digital form, and read back to its user without the need for downloading or the purchase of special books.
“The Reader represents a real breakthrough for anyone with a visual impairment,” noted Dr. Janet Szlyk, executive director of the Lighthouse. “Our agency is delighted to be able to serve as the official dealer of this extraordinary device and we are thrilled about the positive impact it will have on the blind and visually impaired community!”
With large buttons, and wide range of screen magnification, autofocus camera, speakers, and a headphone jack, the Reader is easy to use. Due to its small size, it can easily fit into a purse, backpack, or briefcase and can assist at work, school and travel.
“The Reader is revolutionary in that it will provide those of us who are blind or visually impaired with both mobility and freedom,” explained Tom Perski, director of rehabilitation services at the Lighthouse.
Perski pointed out that for extra speed in capturing large amounts of text, the Reader may be paired with the Intel Portable Transfer Station.
“This device is a bit larger, approximately the size of a briefcase, and is used on a table top to rapidly obtain images of lengthy documents, text books, etc. and then transfer them to the Intel Reader,” he said. “There will be no need to carry large textbooks since all of the information is stored to be listened to, read through magnified text, and easily accessed by the user at anytime, regardless of location.”
The Intel Reader is durably built and designed for portability. Its four gigabyte drive allows for 600 pages (images and text), or up to 500,000 text only pages. In addition, it will play Mp3’s, downloaded audio books, and even uploaded text files from a computer.
To obtain one, contact The Chicago Lighthouse Store at 312/997-3685 or visit www.thechicagolighthouse.org
Founded in 1906, the Lighthouse is one of the nation’s most comprehensive social service agencies. Housed under its roof are the oldest and most prominent low vision clinic in the U.S.; one of the few remaining clock manufacturing facilities in America; a nationally acclaimed school for children who are blind with multi-disabilities; a VA program serving veterans in all 50 states; and a radio station.