1. Max Tappenden

    I would love to try out the Intel Reader. As a visually and hearing impaired person, I make use of an Optelec Compact+ to read my mail, food preparation instructions, etc. This is slow and tedious, and often almost impossible if tired or unwell, but due to my hearing impairment, I’ve been unable to make use of most talking devices in the past. However, with modern accessibility software such as VoiceOver on the Mac, speech has become more understandable for me and has been a great help for reading online, etc. But good speech software has not made its way to most devices used everyday for cooking, shopping, etc., so I would love to try out the Intel reader to see what improvements have been made.

  2. I’m blown away. This bit of gadgetry is a game changer. Would love to try it out as I’m an avid reader but glad for anyone that gets to try it out.

    Wonder if folks with more complex challenges would benefit as well.

    Thanks for sharing this.
    PS. Swing me an invite to Intel Labs?

  3. Mrs. Docherty

    Dear Jeff,

    My daughter and I would LOVE to test drive the new Intel Reader! Like Ben, my daughter suffers from severe dyslexia and moderate-to-severe dysgraphia. Having just found the root of our reading challenges this June; we are now homeschooling, and the Intel Reader could help us enormously with our “independent,” reading time! Our daughter is a VERY hard-working child, whom asked to be home-schooled this year, verses asking the school for the accommodations that would be needed to keep her on track with her 3rd grade peers. Before our diagnosis she tutored with a reading specialist 4 times a week, after school, and was pulled out of class every day, for one on one help with the school intervention specialist. As you can imagine, this “special help,” didn’t help to build her self esteem. We believe the Intel Reader could be just the tool to help build her reading skills while building her self esteem! Please consider us as your new test drivers!

    Mrs. Docherty

  4. Jeff,
    I too would love to check this out. As you may know my first blog is MySpellingSucks.com an unedited discussion about my ADD and Dyslexia and my Daughters CP. I’ve largely learned to compensate for my dyslexia although I am a very slow reader because of it. The bigger reason I’d like to try the reader is to see how it could help my daughter.

    For some reason when Haley tries to read from a page in a book she can not track the words or find her spot on a page. When the words are presented individually she seems to do well. It seems like this tool could help us train her to read larger sections of text slowly by presenting progressions of smaller font as she reads.

    From my perspective I’d like to see if I could learn to read faster with its use.


  5. Max, Todd, Mrs. Docherty and Kevin,

    Thanks so much for sharing your stories and your interest in testing the Intel Reader. I wish I could arrange to get one for all of you, but alas we will only be able to pick one. Stay tuned, and thanks again.

    – Jeff

  6. Hi Jeff,

    This is a great post and you have some really great testers in the mix.

    Coming at it from a slightly different angle: my mom has severe aphasia – difficulty processing language – both written and spoken. She often recognizes words or phrases and needs an audio prompt to help her find the appropriate word.

    I wonder how much the folks at Intel have thought about Aphasia sufferers with this. There are many levels of Aphasia – and this could potentially be something for folks to throw into the mix both as practice and therapy as well as something that

    I could see her snap a paragraph from a magazine or a menu as an assistive device.

    Very cool product and comprehensive post about it. I’d love to have her try it out for a bit.

    I also wonder if you could some of that that function into a mobile app – making it even more accessible. Our mobile devices have cameras, memory, and pretty strong processors.


    She’s not sure tech savvy, but think that something like that could open up

  7. For those of you who have responded here, to be in final consideration please send your email address to sass@dadomatic.com so that I have a means of contacting you. Thanks again for sharing your stories!

  8. I’ve largely learned to compensate for my dyslexia although I am a very slow reader because of it.

  9. different angle: my mom has severe aphasia – difficulty processing language – both written and spoken. She often

  10. Bryan Egan

    No request, just an appreciation. I am studying Assistive technologies as part of my Masters, and I can’t wait for this to hit the mainstream. Great Job!!!

  11. lorraine drenth

    I am interested in the intel reader for my 17 year old grandson that has astagmis. At age one month his eyes would circle and roll into back of socket. He is also diagnosised with ADD and high functioning autism. He is a remarkable young man, very smart but lacks confidence because of pers making comments on his special optic glasses for reading. He remembers what he hears and would benefit greatly from this device. His father has had hard times with his job, hours were cut to 22 to 30 a week plus a 30% wage reduction. With two children in college and Luke and Ken still in high school it has been difficult for them. Because he manages so well he has not qualified for help through any agencies for the sight inpaired.
    This trial would be a wonderful blessing for him!!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *