Awarded product
  • GIO AwardGIO Award
  • Syntens Innovation AwardSyntens Innovation Award
  • iF Design AwardiF Design Award
ClearReader+ text-to-speech device

ClearReader+ text-to-speech device

Optelec wanted a completely new aid for, among others, the blind or visually impaired. A device with a unique function: the automatic conversion of printed text into speech. Resulting in the ClearReader+.

New archetype

The ClearReader+ text-to-speech device is a new-to-the-world concept. That is why a new archetype was created. This resulted in a product with an attractive, yet calm design language, supported by an accessible control panel.

The device has a simple folding camera arm which the user can place, for example, a newspaper, a book or a TV-guide under. After pressing the scan button, the camera takes a photograph of the text and, a few seconds later, reads the text out automatically.

The design and colour of the controls make them easy to distinguish and use for the visually impaired or the blind. Thanks to the handle, it's an ideal device to bring along.

Cross border

The Optelec ClearReader+ is an important social tool for the blind and visually impaired, as well as for people with literacy problems or dyslexia. Its primary function - to automatically convert text into speech - is completely new. This product works across borders by offering four languages as standard: Dutch, English, French and German. The reading speeds can be customised.

Spark and Optelec received an iF Award 2012 and a GIO Award 2010 for the ClearReader+.