Making our all so stealthy escape from the Intel booth today, we came across the Reader -- the big chipmaker's text scanning device which reads aloud and provides a high contrast, large-sized reading facility for people with visual or mental impairments. We tried it out on a real quick and dirty scan from a newspaper, and while it picked up plenty of text bits from articles outside the one we cared to read, it was a pretty robust little setup in our opinion. The readouts were pretty robotic, but this isn't really intended as an ebook reader with vocal chords, so we'll give it a pass for that. We still cringe at the $1,500 price tag, though on the whole it looked like a well thought-out device with a very specific use. Check out the pictures below and a video awaits after the break.

Intel Reader hands-on

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Intel Reader hands-on