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|
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
|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|
|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
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
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|
|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
|A$2,725-$4,990||Portable camera on stand that plugs into PC via USB for near, self and distance, enlargement and speech|
|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)
|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
|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.