Access Angle: OrCam Read Handheld Reading Device

Gabriel Ryan, School Health Blog Writer and Contributor 

The Orcam Read Handheld Reading Device

If you have difficulty reading text, never fear, the OrCam Read is here! The OrCam Read is a smart pen that converts text from any printed surface or digital screen into audio. This device is for people with low vision, reading fatigue, reading difficulties, including dyslexia, and for anyone who would prefer to listen to the text. This small portable assistive reading device uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

 Key features of this product include:

  • Handheld reader about the size of a marker at 4.8” x 0.98” x 0.51”, 1.55 oz
  • Easy to use for either right or left hand users.
  • Reads text from any printed surface like magazines or books and digital screens such as a computer.
  • Bluetooth enabled allowing pairing with earphones or speakers.
  • Adjustable user settings, such as volume, reading speed, and choice of voice.
  • Bright LED light for dimly lit environments.
  • Two lasers to capture the full page or a specific block of text with the press of a button.
  • Artificial Intelligence, 13 megapixel sensor to capture fine details such as fine print.
  • Four physical tactile buttons; power, volume up, volume down, and the trigger button
  • “Smart Reading” - simply ask and listen. Retrieve and read only the text that interests you.

One of the newest features of OrCam Read is that it can be activated with voice commands by saying “Hey OrCam” followed by the command. Now, let’s talk about what is in the box! Inside you'll receive the OrCam Read device, User Guide, charger box, wired earphones, cleaning cloth, and lanyard.

The Dr. Phil show featured the OrCam Read with special guest, Schools Health’s very own Dr. Ray Heipp. Dr. Ray also created a few informational videos about the OrCam Read, such as this one, Talkin’ Tech: OrCam Read Handheld Reading Device. You can visit the School Health website to learn more about this product and to purchase the OrCam Read. Plus, for a limited time, you can try the OrCam Read for FREE! Check out this link to register for a two-week trial. 


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