By John Galloway
I had been looking forward to reviewing the Intel Reader since I saw it at a recent conference in Chicago and was impressed by its capabilities. It has not disappointed.
The technology to convert a photo of a piece of writing into spoken language has been with us for a while – optical character recognition of scanned pages for instance. And applications have been developed for high-specification mobile phones. All have been impressive, but the key to success is accuracy: you do not want problems if you need to rely on such resources, particularly for critical things like emergency notices. That level of reliability has yet to be reached, but the Intel Reader gets tantalisingly close.