We have just come across a wonderful review of Claro’s ScanPen. This one is from Sweden and the reviewer, consumer editor Martin Appel, has really nailed some of the best features for his readers.
For those of you who do not read Swedish, this is what he said:
Some apps are almost magic, and just a few years ago they would feel like science fiction. Claro ScanPen is one such. What the app does is to turn written text into speech. You can keep the phone in front of a regular page in a paper book, and after a few seconds you hear the text read by a synthetic voice.
We agree. Every time people try out Claro ScanPen at exhibitions or conferences, they think it is magic. It is something about the mix of old style paper print with new technology that really appeals.
Martin Appel goes on to talk about the different groups who will benefit:
The scan pen is primarily intended for schoolchildren who have difficulty reading. By hearing the text while reading, it becomes easier to understand. But, of course, it’s not just schoolchildren who may have trouble reading, and the app may as well be used by people with impaired vision – or all of us who sometimes need some help concentrating.
Thanks Martin for the excellent review and the helpful tips.