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Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology allows people with a vision impairment to scan printed text and receive a synthetic speech output or save it to a computer. Currently, OCR technology cannot convert handwriting to voice output.

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) has three factors: scanning, recognition, and reading text. First a camera scans the printed document. Next, OCR software converts the image into recognizable characters/words. Then the user can store the information in electronic form to a computer or the OCR system itself.

The following manufacturers and vendors can provide information on prices, availability of products, and usefulness of products. If you would like to return to Step 1 and select another impairment, go to:

ABiSee, Inc.
20 Main Street, Suite G2
Acton, MA 01720
Direct: (978)635-0202
Fax: (253)595-3623
Blue Triangle BulletEye-Pal
Blue Triangle BulletEye-Pal SOLO
Blue Triangle Bullet1 lb scanner/reader of printed matter for the blind with output either on a Braille display, in speech, or as a saved text file.
Beyond Sight, Inc.
5650 South Windermere St.
Littleton, CO 80120
Direct: (303)795-6455
Fax: (303)795-6425
Blue Triangle BulletDistributes a variety of OCR products
Dolphin Computer Access
231 Clarksville Road
Suite 3
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
Toll Free: (866)797-5921
Fax: (609)799-0475
Blue Triangle BulletCicero
EVAS, Electronic Vision Access Solutions
39 Canal Street
PO Box 371
Westerly, RI 02891
Toll Free: (800)872-3827
Direct: (401)596-3155
TTY: (401)596-3500
Fax: (401)596-3979
Blue Triangle BulletDistributes a variety of OCR products
Freedom Scientific, Blind/Low Vision Group
11800 31st Court North
St. Petersburg, FL 33716--180
Toll Free: (800)444-4443
Direct: (727)803-8000
Blue Triangle BulletVERA System
Blue Triangle BulletOPENBook
Guerilla Technologies Inc.
4203 SW High Meadows Ave
Palm City, FL 34990
Direct: (772)283-0500
Blue Triangle BulletMobilEyes
955 NW 17th Avenue, Unit A
Delray Beach, FL 33445
Direct: (561)921-0847
Fax: (561)921-0854
Blue Triangle BulletOCR pens and portable scanners
Independent Living Aids
200 Robbins Lane
Jericho, NY 11753
Toll Free: (800)537-2118
Direct: (516)937-1848
Fax: (516)937-3906
Blue Triangle BulletPronto
Blue Triangle BulletGalileo Reading System
2200 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Direct: (408)765-8080
Blue Triangle BulletIntel Reader
JBliss Imaging Systems
PO Box 7382
Menlo Park, CA 94026
Toll Free: (888)452-5477
Direct: (650)327-5477
Blue Triangle BulletezVIP
Blue Triangle BulletVIP Reading System
Kurzweil Educational Systems, Inc.
14 Crosby Drive
Bedford, MA 01730-1402
Toll Free: (800)894-5374
Direct: (781)276-0600
Fax: (781)263-9999
Phone: (877)547-1500
Blue Triangle BulletKurzweil 1000
Blue Triangle BulletKurzweil-National Federation of the Blind Reader (K-NFB) Reader
Technologies for the Visually Impaired
9 Nolan Court
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Direct: (631)724-4479
Fax: (631)724-4479
Blue Triangle BulletPronto
Blue Triangle BulletGalileo Reading System
Blue Triangle BulletPortset Reader
Telesensory Corporation
417 Cypress Street
Bakersfield, CA 93304
Toll Free: (800)804-8004
Direct: (650)743-9515
Fax: (661)327-2478
Blue Triangle Bullet
Triumph Technology
4110 Central Ave NE
Suite 104
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
Direct: (651)636-5184
Fax: (866)347-8249
Your Low Vision Store
Toll Free: (800)310-3938

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