What is a scanning pen?

What is a scanning pen?

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What is a scanning pen?

A scanning pen or reading pen is a smart device that reads the text aloud upon scanning a text, this tool is made to support people with reading difficulties such as dyslexia or people with low vision. So basically the pen will read to you.

How does a scanning pen work?

The pen works as follows:

  1. The user scans a word or sentence.
  2. The pen detects the text.
  3. The pen reads the text aloud.

The pen has a scanner on the pen´s tip, after scanning a word or sentence, the scanner will detect the text on the surface and will later convert it to audio with the Text-to-Audio technology. After scanning, the pen will read aloud the scanned text.

Do I need a reading pen?

People with reading difficulties such as dyslexia can use a scanning pen, the pen will support them to become independent readers, it´s important to mention that a scanning pen can´t cure dyslexia, but can help dyslexics or people with reading difficulties to overcome the challenges of daily life. 

Do you think you might be dyslexic? Take the free online test by the Dyslexia Foundation here

Where to buy a reading pen? Which reading pen is the best?

There are many models of reading pens, Smart Youdao has a scanning pen that includes the newest technology which allows the user have a customizable reading experience for a good price. The Youdao Dictionary Pen 3 Global Version by Youdao allows:

  • Offline mode: no need to use internet.
  • Earphones: Type-C or bluetooth earphones.
  • Adjustable volume.
  • Adjustable speed: choose between fast, moderate and slow.
  • Detects and reads aloud letters, numbers and other symbols like math symbols.
  • Accents: UK and British supported.
  • Languages supported for reading: English, Spanish, Chinese.
  • Wide-angle scanning.
  • High accuracy: can detect text on different surfaces and different fonts.
  • Has a touch scheen which makes it easier to use
  • Dictionaries included

You can get the Youdao Dictionary Pen 3 with a 25% discount using the code INSTA25 on the checkout, worldwide free shipping included.

Want to know more about this pen? Check out this video.

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