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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

myReader from HumanWare Restores the Joy of Reading

myReader, a low vision auto-reader, manufactured by HumanWare (, is changing the face of low vision and restoring partially sighted people's reading ability.

The machine took three years to design and manufacture in New Zealand and was awarded 'Best Design' by the New Zealand Institute of Designers. It looks set now to improve the lives of thousands of partially sighted people in the UK.

Using advanced digital technology, myReader captures the text placed underneath its camera and displays it on a built-in 15 inch, flicker-free LCD screen. myReader can then enlarge the text and re-format it so it appears in one of three ways: a column designed to fit the whole screen, a row across the centre of the screen or just one word at a time. The text then automatically scrolls on the screen at the speed selected by the user.

myReader offers controls and an interface that are easy to use by people of different ages and different levels of vision and ability.

HumanWare is a multi award-winning vision technology specialist based in Christchurch, New Zealand, and with its European headquarters in Northamptonshire, England. The company was formed in January 2005 after its original trading venture, Pulse Data International - which was established in 1988 and developed myReader - merged with Canadian blindness company, Visuaide.

Click here to find out more about myReader by visiting the HumanWare home page:,

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