Scanning and Text Capture

A scanner is a device which, in conjunction with scanning software, captures text and/or graphics from a printed page:

  • “Optical Character Recognition” (OCR) captures text from a page of print. The text can then be edited and/or converted to large print, speech or braille.
  • “Graphics only” captures what is on the page as an image only. As a result, the text cannot immediately be manipulated or translated into speech or braille.

For scanning “on the go” consider using your mobile device with a suitable app.

Name and Supplier Price Comments
Blaze Multi-Player Pacific Vision EZ A$999 or ET A$1,245 + freight Hand-held unit with OCR for books, music, documents, podcasts, recording etc
ClearReaderQuantum RLV A$4,820-$5,180
Screen required
ClearReader + magnification A$710
Carry bag A$230 + freight
Stand-alone electronic magnifier and optional hand-held control panel for near, OCR, enlargement & speech – scan and listen in seconds; save to SD card or USB device
Eye-Pal and Eye-Pal Reader
Quantum RLV
A$2,560-$3,980 Stand-mounted tilt and swivel camera with USB to PC or Apple computer for near, distance and OCR, enlargement, braille & speech
Flick
Optek Systems
A$4,250 Stand-mounted tilt and swivel camera with USB to PC or Apple computer for near, distance and OCR, enlargement & speech
Save to SD card or USB device
knfbReader Mobile
iTunes or Playstore
Vary – check online App uses camera on iPhone/iPad or Android to take photo and OCR for enlargement and speech
Stores thousands of pages; can transfer text to and from computer or braille notetaker; highlights words being read out
Pearl Camera & OpenBook
Pacific Vision
Quantum RLV
A$1,925-$2,130
Purchase OpenBook separately A$1,125
Stand-mounted tilt and swivel camera for OCR for enlargement and speech; connect via USB to PC; continuous acquire to convert text to other formats as required
Prodigi Duo
Humanware
Desktop unit with hand-held touchscreen tablet A$4,995-$5,395
Can be purchased separately
Desktop unit (20 or 24" screen) with detachable 5" touchscreen tablet (attach via docking station) – for near, enlargement and speech
Readit Scholar HD or Air
Humanware
A$2,725-$4,990 Portable camera on stand that plugs into PC via USB for near, self and distance, enlargement and speech
WYNN
Quantum RLV
A$630 + freight
Pearl with WYNN A$2,460
PC software for OCR to speech and enlargement with text highlighting, developed for people with reading difficulties – may be suitable for people with low vision
Zoom-Ex (with Zoom-Office)
Quantum RLV
A$3,370 + freight Stand-mounted camera for near, OCR, enlargement and speech with text highlighting and wordwrap; connect via USB to PC
ZoomText Image Reader
Quantum RLV
A$1,120 (A4) or $1,250 (A3) + freight Stand-mounted camera for near, OCR, enlargement and speech; connect via USB to PC

Please note: Every effort has been made to ensure this information is accurate and current. If there are errors or omissions, they are unintentional. Please check with the equipment supplier to verify product specifications, availability and price.