|Battery Cell Composition||Lithium Polymer|
|Has Auto Focus||No|
|Includes Rechargable Battery||No|
|Has Programmable Buttons||No|
|Item model number||FBA_7350085370028|
|Product Dimensions||30.4 x 24 x 5.41 cm; 227 Grams|
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- Hear individual words and lines of text read aloud. Completely self-contained, NO computer or Wi-Fi required to use reading function
- Multiple built-in dictionaries to search definitions including the Oxford Primary Dictionary
- Scans in multiple English accents and languages, including French and Spanish, Record audio to review later, helping people with a limited working memory
- Optionally scan and transfer text to PC or Mac, directly via USB or from the 8GB storage, with no additional software required
- Package includes ReaderPen, carry case, USB cable, instruction manual, and earphones
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The C-Pen Reader pen scanner is a major technological breakthrough for anyone learning English, Spanish or French and is a life-saver for those who suffer from reading difficulties such as dyslexia. The C-Pen Reader is a totally portable, pocket-sized device that reads text aloud with an English, Spanish, or French human-like digital voice.
- The pen is half the size of other portable pen scanners on the market and 50g is half the weight.
- Importantly this means it can be used by a younger generation of learners making this learning tool suitable for for children (age 6+) and adults.
- This is the only portable line scanner on the market that is truly portable and requires no computer; however, when wanting to use it with a computer is compatible with PC, Mac, Linux & Chromebooks.
- There is no software required, just connect the pen up to a computer with a USB cable and it appears as an external hard drive.
- Other features include a built-in voice recorder with playback.
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My student uses the C-Pen in his schooling especially for his science and history classes where the vocabulary level in the textbooks are beyond not only his reading level, but the 7th grade level as well! His favorite parts about the C-Pen Reader are the headphone capability (as to not bring attention to his usage) and the dictionary function!
As for my brother, he uses the C-Pen so far in his general classes, but we have seen the most improvement in his math ability as he is able to use the C-Pen to read story problems, which have caused him great difficulty. After a conference with his IEP team, it was agreed that he could use the C-Pen for all reading except for his actual Language Arts class where he is assessed for his reading skills. Because my brother is in another district than where I receive my practicum, it was great to bring this technology to the attention of his Special Education Co-Op.
Outside of school, my brother has also found that he likes using the C-Pen for reading at home. Because of his dyslexia, reading has always been difficult therefore he has not enjoyed the act of reading in any capacity. My brother loves dinosaurs, and with the C-Pen, he has chosen on occasion to read at home, which have some difficult vocabulary, but that hasn’t stopped him!
I wish that more families and educators would be aware of assistive technology such as the C-Pen Reader to bring relief to people who do have reading difficulties.
As a side note: the original pen that we received had an issue with the MENU button, but the company was great at getting back to us and sending us a new unit. The pictures attached show the new pen with menu items to navigate to the volume control
Essentially, I noted two potential problems, only one of which was a problem for me. First, this would have been for my college-age, mildly dyslexic daughter. She can read well enough to enjoy fiction, but it's definitely a mental effort for her, and as such, the process of reading a textbook is less effective than it should be, since a chunk of her brain power is taken up with reading, and therefore less brain is available for comprehension of the material. So, we tried this. It worked, recognizing the letters and words of a book with high accuracy. However, the reading voice is stilted. It's better than Steven Hawking's famous synthesized speech, but it definitely lacks the natural inflection that makes normal speech readily comprehensible. On balance, my daughter found that it was more cognitive effort to understand the device's speech (while simultaneously controlling the sweeping of individual lines of text accurately) than it was to make the effort to keep track of the words and "take charge" of her dyslexia. If you're in a similar situation, I suspect that the only way this evaluation can be made is by trying it out; each person's struggle with dyslexia will, of course, be a very personal, very individual, level of effort, and as the balance changes, so would the value for that individual.
The other potential problem for some users would be that the device requires a decent degree of manual dexterity (which in turn requires mental focus) to track the line of words. My daughter has absolutely no problem in this respect, but when I tried it out myself (my brain function, dexterity, and reading skills, are definitely unimpaired) even I noticed that some focus on line-tracking was necessarily part of the act of using it. It can be likened to trying to draw a reasonably accurate pencil line along one line of text, never straying outside the boundary of that line (or it will start reading the wrong words from the line above or below). For some folks, that level of dexterity will be unreasonably draining (or outright un-achievable, I suppose). My guess is that if you have the intended user draw pencil lines on the lines of words in a book, you'll get some idea of whether this is a problem, non-issue, or flat out non-starter.
The stilted reading style is exacerbated more than a little by having it read the lines as it scans them. The result is usually that it reads one line, then pauses while you're lining up to read the next line (and the user must be capable of determining which line to scan next, of course!) This pause could be avoided if you simply scan an entire chunk of text into memory (which it appears it can do), and have the device read it afterwards. On this topic, however, I suspect that it would be more efficient to use a flatbed scanner, OCR software in a computer, and then let the text to speech feature of your computer read the document.
I should add that there was no issue whatever with my return, shipping in both directions being taken care of by Amazon, or the seller. I'm a Prime member, which might have influenced that, but the general policy was such that returning it was not a problem.