Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Intel Releases its Own "Text" Reader for the Health Care Market

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This post in the NY Times highlights a new handheld device unveiled by Intel called the IntelReader that helps people who struggle to read standard texts because of certain medical conditions. The reader is able to scan books and other printed texts into a digital form, and then read it aloud to its users.

The device, which is priced at 1$,500, is far less than any other text-to-speech devices covered by Medicare that range from $5,000 - $10,000. Intel is also looking into making other devices in the health care market as it is trying to find more uses for its chips other than regular PCs. It will be interesting to see the line-up of health care products Intel will manufacture of the course of the next couple of years.
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