Opinions on New Myreader CCTV from Pulse Data?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Kevin Brown, Sep 10, 2004.

  1. Kevin Brown

    Kevin Brown Guest

    Has anyone had a chance to try this out?

    Something BIG is coming...
    Something that will reshape the way you think about low vision
    A revolutionary and exciting new product from Pulse Data International
    that will enhance the lives of people with low vision.


    Instead of displaying a page as current CCTVs do, it scans them in and
    presents them in more flexable ways. I am excited about it because it
    seems like it might solve the problem I have with keeping the focus on
    a book I am reading. But if the scanning is too slow or the OCRing is
    filled with errors it could be a disappointment. Neat idea though.

    Kevin Brown, Sep 10, 2004
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  2. It doesn't do OCR (the version I saw anyway didn't), it just takes a
    photo with a digital camera of the page, then displays it to the user.
    It wasn't what I wanted, though, as I needed to see LCD screens etc,
    which it is really not grate at doing.

    Andrew Hodgson, Sep 13, 2004
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  3. Kevin Brown

    Kevin Brown Guest


    Thanks for the information. No disrespect, but is it possible you were
    looking at a different product? The documentation (available here:
    http://www.pulsedata.com/Products/Auto_reader/myReader.asp ) for this
    thing claims that it has a built in LCD, and that it can somehow
    rearange captured text any way the user wants to see it.

    "Once text is captured it can be presented according to your specific
    preference. Choose text to be presented as a neatly wrapped paragraph
    (column layout), as a continuous line (row layout) and one word at a
    time (word layout)..."

    What do you think? Perhaps it was an early prototype? Not sure a photo
    of a page could be manipulated in the ways the claim can be done.

    Kevin Brown, Sep 14, 2004
  4. Kevin Brown

    Kevin Brown Guest


    I just read the Myreder FAQs on this page and it confirmed that this
    device does not use OCR technology. It did say it comes with a built
    in LCD though.

    I'm still hoping that this thing will meet my needs. Aside from the
    fact that the unit you tried did not have a built in LCD, can you
    comment on how well it worked?


    Kevin Brown, Sep 15, 2004
  5. I never said it didn't.
    It was ok for books, what I actually said was that I wanted it for LCD
    reading of equipment which it was not good at, as it did not use OCR
    none of the facilities were really available that were available
    whilst reading a book.

    However, I have no idea what you want it for or your sight, I would
    never recomend a CCTV to anyone before they go and look at it.

    Andrew Hodgson, Sep 24, 2004
  6. Kevin Brown

    Kevin Brown Guest

    Thanks Andrew. Sorry I misunderstood what you were saying. Have you
    found a CCTV that meets your needs?

    I agree that it would not be wise to buy a CCTV without trying it.
    There is a Pulse Data dealer in my area and I am hoping to be able to
    take a look at a Myreader when they become available.

    Kevin Brown, Sep 26, 2004
  7. Kevin Brown

    The Real Bev Guest

    My husband hooked up something like that for his mom using a black+white
    surveillance camera with the output hooked up to an ordinary TV and a
    cheap tripod. A small drill-press frame would have worked as well and
    would have made variable magnification possible. Cost less than $20.

    The problem was being able to move the reading material to enable actual
    reading. There HAS to be some sort of indexing table, otherwise there
    is simply no control over what you're actually seeing. You can read six
    letters with perfect clarity, but finding the next six is a real bitch.

    "What's truly sad is that your vote counts the same as mine."
    -- S. Brown
    The Real Bev, Sep 28, 2004
  8. Kevin Brown

    Kevin Brown Guest


    Yeah, most CCTVs work with such an indexing table. This new device
    claims to not need one since it takes a picture of each full page,
    then presents the text to the users in various ways. Genius! If it
    works well.

    Kevin Brown, Sep 28, 2004
  9. Kevin Brown

    The Real Bev Guest

    If it does it quickly enough, that would be really good. If it does it
    as slowly as a fax machine or scanner, I would think it would be near
    useless. Like web surfing with a 1200-baud modem. You can do it, but
    by the time the page loads you've forgotten why you wanted to see it.

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    The Real Bev, Sep 29, 2004
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