By Michael Barber
I am attending the 26th annual International Conference on Disabilities, sponsored by California State University at Northridge. One of the exciting things to do at these conferences is to wander through the exhibit hall and catch up on the latest and greatest innovations in assistive technology.
Today, I visited the AI Squared booth and learned that very soon, you will be able to buy the Zoom Reader app from the Apple App Store for either the iPhone or iPod Touch. AI Squared is the company which sells Zoomtext Magnifier and Zoomtext Mag/Reader, the Zoomtext Keyboard, and Zoomtext Express.
Among other things, Zoom Reader will allow you to magnify the screen to 4x, set color enhancements, etc. But the feature that attracted me is the ability to scan and read a document. You will be able to take a picture and read right away or you can save the image and do the optical character recognition (OCR) later.
According to the folks at AI Squared, the app has been submitted to Apple and should be available for download within a week. I believe the purchase price will be $19.95.