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Note: This unit is no longer available for sale. Refurbished English language units may be available. Check with your local dealer for availability.

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Technology that scans and reads printed material to the blind is nothing new, but this personal reader is the first truly handheld device to do the job. Combining a state-of-the-art digital camera with a powerful personal data assistant housed in a custom-designed, attractive case, the knfb Reader Classic puts the best available character recognition software together with text-to-speech conversion technology, all in the palm of your hand.

Hold the Reader's camera over print - a restaurant menu, directions, or a memo from your boss - and snap a picture. In seconds you can hear the contents of the printed document in clear synthetic speech. Scan, read, and discard pages; store them for later reading; or transfer to a computer or Braille-aware PDA. The Reader even has a headphone jack so you won't disturb your neighbors.

The Reader’s convenient size, simple design, and powerful technology deliver unprecedented access to printed matter.

knfb Reader Classic

  • Reads most printed documents, from letters and memos to pages in a book
  • Reads address labels and package information and instructions
  • Reads an entire page or a few lines for identification
  • Stores thousands of printed pages with easily obtainable extra memory
  • Transfers files to desktop and laptop computers or Braille notetakers
  • Reads documents from computers or other devices

Imagine how the Reader will change your life. A colleague hands you a document for review in the next hour. No problem. You come back from vacation to an overflowing in-basket? Put the Reader to work, and the clutter is gone. Need to check your seat assignment in the airport? The information is a click away.

You’ll find hundreds of uses for the Reader every day - all in one small package, and for less than you would pay for a notetaker or laptop.

No other device in the history of adaptive technology for the blind has provided quicker access to more information than the knfb Reader Classic. The world of the printed word is about to be opened to the blind in a way it has never been before. Get ready; the revolution can begin today.

Part Manufacturer Model Online Vendor
1 GB SD Card Kingston K24-9330 (Elite Pro 50X) New Egg (800 390-1119)
Camera Battery Energizer Canon NB-3L Model DLC3L Batteries.com (888-288-6500)
Radio Shack (800-843-7422)
Camera Battery Charger Canon CB-2LU Amazon.com
Ear buds Sennheiser MX500 Erwincomp.com (856-667-4852)
Basic Your Best Buy (877-654-2678)
Power Adapter Hewlett-Packard AC Adapter Kit with Multihead for iPAQs (FA372B#AC3) HP.com (800-752-0900)
Rechargeable External PDA Battery EMC PM550C Bixnet.com (949-955-2616)
Reading Stand Accessory   AIT01A National Federation of the Blind