Hear text read to you. Just scan a word or line of text, and the ReadingPen 2 reads it aloud to you (earbuds included, if you don't want to be overheard). This mobile pen scanner requires no computer. It even helps with reading fluency and comprehension by providing immediate definitions from the American Heritage Children's Dictionary and Thesaurus, American Heritage College Dictionary, and Roget's II Thesaurus.
Further enhancing the user experience, the natural female human voice of the ReadingPen 2 makes it pleasurable to use.
Motivates and supports independent readers.
With the privacy and visual/auditory support provided by the ReadingPen2, frustration and embarrassment disappear. Both struggling and fluent readers 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.
Works with any printed text.
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.
Fits in a pocket.
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.
Special feature for teachers: You can lock dictionary, so students cannot look up word meanings during a test. But they can still use the ReadingPen 2 to help them read.
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, includingdefinitions and synonyms.
Translates English words to Spanish using WizCom's English to Spanish dictionary.
Use the ReadingPen as your reading assistant, inside or outside the classroom. This versatile device may improve reading skills dramatically. Featuring the American Heritage Dictionary (English 4th Edition) and Roget's II Thesaurus, it provides a simple and easy way for people with reading difficulties, learning disabilities, or dyslexia to get immediate word support when they are reading.
Easy to use! You run it across a line of text just as if it's a yellow highlighter.
Q: How does it read back to you?
A: It reads back the words one at a time. If you scanned several words in sequence, it says them in that same sequence. So if you scan, "The dog jumped the fence" that is exactly what you'll hear when you play back the scan.
Other notes about the ReadingPen2:
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."
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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.
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Windows versions for transfer function
Touchscreen (incl. virtual keyboard and icons)
Text Menu (as opposed to touchscreen)
English dictionary preloaded
Speaks stored notes by paragraph
Speaks word or line of text
Dictionary word history (80 words)
Speaks dictionary definition
Foreign language preloaded
Scanned text storage (max # of pages)
Transfer to PC, PDA, Smartphone
Scan directly into Windows applications
Scan non-English text
English, English to Spanish
Accepts USB cable
Size: ergonomic 6 inches x 1 x 1, lightweight 3 ounces.
Recognizes 6-22 point size text, bold, italic, underlined, inverted text.
Auto detects text for instant scanning. Just roll and scan.
Optical character recognition at 97% (based on standard font and size average).
Preference setting for higher numerical and inverted text recognition level.
Completely mobile. Uses 2 AAA batteries.
The ReadingPen2 comes complete with:
Two "AAA" batteries.
"Getting Started" document on the back of the packaging.
The 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.
TS vs RP2
The most obvious difference between the ReadingPen TS and the ReadingPen 2 is the TS has a touchscreen (yes, you guessed it--that's what the TS stands for). The ReadingPen TS provides additional functionality over the ReadingPen 2. With the ReadingPen TS, you can:
Insert text using the touch screen and virtual keyboard. You can then hear it spoken aloud and obtain definition, translation, spelling, syllabication, and correct pronunciation.
Transfer any looked-up words to a PC for further practice.
Upload text from the PC onto this fully mobile, lightweight Pen, and 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.
Note: The ReadingPen 2 replaced the ReadingPen Basic and ReadingPen Advanced by combining both into one device. All of these devices are WizCom scanners designed to help with reading.
How accurate is it? Answer: It's 97% accurate
How hard is it to use? Answer: If you have good dexterity, it's easy to use. How much dexterity do you need? Here's a simple test. Grab a text highlighter, and see if you can draw a straight line of highlighting in a newspaper or magazine. If so, you are good to go! If not, you are going to find the pen difficult to use.
Does it really read to you? Answer: You can't just wave it across a page and hear James Earl Jones reading the text. After you complete scanning a line or word, the pen recognizes the characters and looks up the words in its internal dictionary. It then can pronounce them in sequence.
It's nice to get something that isn't sealed in that hard plastic so you need a chainsaw to open the package. This comes in a box that we are using to store it in; the box fits right on my boy's bookshelf.
The pen itself is easy to use. Nothing to assemble and batteries are included.
Fantastic product, 9.3.2014
Reviewer: Beth Armstrong (Chicago, IL)
It has made a huge difference in our son's life. We had been fighting with the school for years about his reading problems, and got absolutely nowhere with them. Even teachers, who were usually on our side, could not get any useful changes made in the program. This reading pen has made the issue go away, for the most part. Our son can now help himself.
Works really great!, 1.13.2014
Reviewer: Jean Moore (Houston, TX)
I bought this for my nephew as a Christmas present. He spent this past weekend at my place while my brother and wife were away on a short trip. He brought some schoolbooks and the reading pen. I'm pretty amazed at how well this pen works and quite pleased that my nephew is using it all the time. A really good gift choice on my part. I'm glad I bought it!
Could not be happier with this purchase, 12.26.2013
Reviewer: Mary Edwards (Oklahoma City, OK)
We bought this as a Christmas present for our grand daughter who has dyslexia. It arrived earlier than expected, so we gave it to her actually before Christmas.
This year, Christmas dinner was at our daughter's house and when we arrived our grand daughter was reading a book her parents gave her that morning as a Christmas gift. She was using the reading pen. I almost cried; you cannot know what a beautiful sight that was after what our daughter and son in law have gone through.