You scan, it reads. The ReadingPen helps people of any age improve their reading skills. It's especially helpful to people with reading challenges such as dyslexia. New, with 2-year warranty. Yes, we beat the Amazon price.
ReadingPen TS vs RP2
The ReadingPen TS and the ReadingPen 2 are both reading pens. The reading function works exactly the same way on each. You just roll the reading pen across the text and lift it at the end of the word or line. It then speaks what you just scanned. The most obvious difference between the two reading pens is the TS version has a touchscreen. The ReadingPen TS provides additional functionality over the ReadingPen 2:
Insert text using the touch screen and virtual keyboard. The user can then hear the text spoken aloud and obtain definition, translation, spelling, syllabication, and correct pronunciation.
Transfer any looked-up words to a PC.
Upload text from the PC onto this fully mobile, lightweight reading pen, and later have the ReadingPen TS read it aloud wherever you are.
This last additional functionality is great for teachers who want to provide students with specific vocabulary or reading lessons. With either reading pen, teachers can also shut off the dictionary (and thesaurus in ReadingPen TS) functions with passworded lockout, for vocabulary test-taking purposes. The student can still use the ReadingPen to read, but not to look up words.
Motivates and supports independent readers.
With the privacy and visual/auditory support provided by the ReadingPen, frustration and embarrassment disappear. Users rapidly improve their skills in:
Understanding assessment instructions.
Provides in-depth instructional support.
Scans words or full lines of text instantly.
Pronounces and displays words on built-in LCD screen.
Displays and reads definitions and synonyms.
Spells words, highlighting letters.
Includes built-in speaker and headphones.
Test Mode prevents access to definitions during exams.
Keeps a history of the last 80 words scanned for easy review by user, parent, or teacher.
Works with any printed text.
Fits in your pocket.
Scans, defines, translates, and pronounces words from any printed material.
Scans single words or full lines of text.
Has an intuitive, friendly interface.
Allows you to adjust the reading speed.
Is easy to handle.
Has a battery status indicator, so you can recharge or replace batteries when convenient for you.
Includes built-in speaker and headphones.
Includes The American Heritage® College Dictionary, 4th edition and Roget’s II The New Thesaurus.
Recognizes over 450,000 words.
Neat tricks it does:
After you scan, you can have it spell the word aloud, a letter at a time.
It teaches you how to use it! That's right. It has a built-in tutorial. For school teachers, that means this reading assistive pen assists you in assisting your students.
Displays syllable breaks, definitions, synonyms, and translations of the scanned text on the screen.
Reads the scanned text aloud, including definitions and synonyms.
Translates English words to Spanish using WizCom's English to Spanish dictionary.
Use the ReadingPen as your teaching assistant, inside or outside the classroom. Users find the ReadingPen improves their reading skills dramatically. It's also helpful to those with dyslexia or other difficulties.
Featuring the American Heritage Dictionary (English 4th Edition) and Roget's II Thesaurus, the ReadingPen provides a simple and easy way for people to get immediate word support when they are reading. Teachers can lock out the dictionary and thesaurus for test taking, making this an ideal classroom reading assistant.
Best of all, it's easy to use! You run the ReadingPen across a line of text just as if it's a yellow highlighter.
If you scan "The dog jumped the fence" that is exactly what you'll hear when you play back the scan.
You can even scan it backwards--from right to left--and the ReadingPen will read it back as if you scanned it from left to right. This is great when you're reading a book, because you don't have to put your arm at an odd angle to avoid problems with the book galley.
Other notes about the ReadingPen:
The voice is pleasant, not robotic.
If you scan a sequence of numbers, it will render that as a word. So for example, scanning "123" results in "one twenty three" not "one two three."
The ReadingPen "recognizes" one word at a time. As you scan, it optically recognizes each letter. When it comes to a space or punctuation mark, it considers that sequence of letters to be a word. It looks up the word and speaks it. This all happens so fast that for the user, it's just "scan and hear." When you're done scanning a ling of text, just lift up the pen. It will say the words you just scanned, in a pleasant female voice.
Click image to enlarge
The ReadingPen helps with the following needs and applications:
Dyslexia. In fact, it's often called the Dyslexia Pen.
Reading difficulty. It's a reading assistive device.
Basic and advanced reading.
Supplemental Educational Services.
And is an excellent aid for:
Content area readers.
Special needs students.
The ReadingPen (in both TS and RP2 version) comes complete with:
Two "AAA" batteries.
"Getting Started" document on the back of the packaging.
The ReadingPen Classroom Set version comes with ten of each of these items in a custom-built hard case that provides organized storage and protection of your investment.