Text to speech scanning machines scan and translate printed text into synthetic speech, you place a book or sheet of text in/on the machine and it will read the text to you.
This section also lists handheld text to speech machines which are swiped over text, like a highlighter pen, reading one word at a time.
Some models can be connected to a screen to give a magnified image of the text as well as speech output. Another function that some models have is the ability to connect to a Braille display to give Braille output of the scanned text.
Alternatively, a computer and scanner can be used to provide speech from text with appropriate software. This requires setting up and tends to be slower to use than the purpose built machines.1 There is also software which can be added to certain mobile phones to give it a reading aid function. The software uses the phone's built-in camera to capture an image of text and then converts it to synthetic speech. For information about this software refer to the RNIB factsheet Assistive TechnologyView references and sources of further information ›
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