Reading Arabic Aloud for the Blind

Reading Machine Makes Using Computers and Reading Texts a Matter

Of Talking & Listening



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Digitek International, Inc.

    WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Digitek International, North American
 distributor of Sakhr and Harf software products, has just released the new
 Sakhr Reading Machine to local markets.
     The Reading Machine gives Arabic- and English-using blind and partially-
 sighted users voice command of their PCs.  For the first time, visually
 challenged users of Arabic and English can take command of their PCs, their
 use of the Internet, and access scanned text when and as they wish.
     The Reading Machine program reads aloud Internet screens, scanned text,
 and even keyboard input.  Users first train the software to recognize their
 voice commands: giving them control of their personal computers by voice
 alone.  Then, as they type, or access Web pages, or handle scanned text, the
 Reading Machine speaks to them.  Vocalizing keystrokes also serves as an
 effective verification of their typed input.
     Already blind translators and Websurfers are adding the Reading Machine to
 the repertory of tools that enable them to surmount the challenges at work and
 online
     The Reading Machine uses Sakhr's proprietary bilingual text-to-speech
 research and its voice recognition software engines to give users state-of-
 the-art capabilities.
     One of the interesting side effects of the Reading Machine is the way that
 it has sensitized the sighted to world of the visually challenged.  Because
 the program dispenses with the mouse as an input device, sighted technical
 support specialists for the Reading Machine have to learn to listen rather
 than read as a way of understanding what is going on.  When Digitek's staff
 was learning the program, they had to close their eyes in order to focus on
 the vocalized instructions rather than reading and using a mouse to respond.
 Sakhr's Reading Machine became a tool for understanding across disabilities.
     The Sakhr Reading Machine runs under Arabic Windows 98 and requires Arabic
 MS Word.
 
     For more information and pricing, contact:
 
     Mark Meinke, Digitek International, 703-883-0134
 
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SOURCE Digitek International, Inc.
    WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Digitek International, North American
 distributor of Sakhr and Harf software products, has just released the new
 Sakhr Reading Machine to local markets.
     The Reading Machine gives Arabic- and English-using blind and partially-
 sighted users voice command of their PCs.  For the first time, visually
 challenged users of Arabic and English can take command of their PCs, their
 use of the Internet, and access scanned text when and as they wish.
     The Reading Machine program reads aloud Internet screens, scanned text,
 and even keyboard input.  Users first train the software to recognize their
 voice commands: giving them control of their personal computers by voice
 alone.  Then, as they type, or access Web pages, or handle scanned text, the
 Reading Machine speaks to them.  Vocalizing keystrokes also serves as an
 effective verification of their typed input.
     Already blind translators and Websurfers are adding the Reading Machine to
 the repertory of tools that enable them to surmount the challenges at work and
 online
     The Reading Machine uses Sakhr's proprietary bilingual text-to-speech
 research and its voice recognition software engines to give users state-of-
 the-art capabilities.
     One of the interesting side effects of the Reading Machine is the way that
 it has sensitized the sighted to world of the visually challenged.  Because
 the program dispenses with the mouse as an input device, sighted technical
 support specialists for the Reading Machine have to learn to listen rather
 than read as a way of understanding what is going on.  When Digitek's staff
 was learning the program, they had to close their eyes in order to focus on
 the vocalized instructions rather than reading and using a mouse to respond.
 Sakhr's Reading Machine became a tool for understanding across disabilities.
     The Sakhr Reading Machine runs under Arabic Windows 98 and requires Arabic
 MS Word.
 
     For more information and pricing, contact:
 
     Mark Meinke, Digitek International, 703-883-0134
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X24785188
 
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