Kyle A. Koch was really jazzed with his iPhone because it kept everything in one place. He would snap pictures of things, such as class assignments, so he wouldn’t lose them. But since they didn’t always come out clear enough, he designed the Scandock. At a size of 15.5 x 9.5 x 15-inches, it is made of corrugated cardboard and comes flat packed for a mere $16.00. He will engrave a logo on it and you can download his .eps files for free. There is limited distribution of the Scandock, but contact Kyle to work something out.
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Plustek’s BookReader has optical character recognition and auto-document orientation that converts Text to Speech in what they say is “high quality speech with a lifelike voice.” You simply push a button and the device converts printed text with high-speed scanning, which can be saved in MP3 format for later access. Other features include magnifying and bookmark functions, volume and speech controls, font control and PDF reading. What a great gift for lazy parents, visually impaired, or anyone who has neither the time nor inclination to pick up a book. The BookReader can be yours for $700.00.
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