[access-uk] Re: Are CCTVs that useful?

I don't think that such a device is necessarily just a cut a shut job
between a camcorder video camera and OCR software.  There is obviously
rather more in the way of control software, touch screen, perhaps some
digital image conditioning required for the OCR work etc.  OCR from video
output is not exactly an ordinary tasks at the moment.

As Ian says the price may come down if this particular technological
marraige proves useful for people, and more people want it.

Regards.

Tristram Llewellyn
Sight and Sound Technology
Technical Support
www.sightandsound.co.uk

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ray's Home" <rays-home@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 2:14 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Are CCTVs that useful?


Yes trrue Ian.  I still feel, however, albeit a camera's being used, the
price hype is accessive.  And on the software side, hardly inovative.  Who
knows in fact whether they may not be licencing some of the reformating code
from AI Squared, or whoever.  Would make more sense than writing it from
scratch.

Prices will fall though, I am sure.  So unless you've money coming out of
your ears, forget it for now.

Ray.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ian Macrae" <ian.macrae@xxxxxxxxx>
But, Tristram, this could well be another example of where early adopters=
 pay a high price.  There's no question in my mind that digital capture w=
ill replace video capture very soon in this area.  And, just as with stil=
ls and video cameras, we'll see prices coming down.  Systems will also be=
come more and more flexible with the opportunity to convert the image int=
o OCR text, audio, who knows, even soft Braille!

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf =
Of Tristram Llewellyn
Sent: 04 August 2004 13:49Colin wrote:

"There is also a product called LiveReader... I heard at Sight Village th=
at you are not going to get much change from =A36000."

That's gong to take some justification.  Perhaps a visually impaired lawy=
er at that price.

Regards.

Tristram Llewellyn
Sight and Sound Technology
Technical Support
www.sightandsound.co.uk

----- Original Message -----=20
From: "Colin @ New Vision" <cph.newvision@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 12:42 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Are CCTVs that useful?


Hi Tristam

The product you are referring to is just under =A33300.

There is also a product called LiveReader, a CCTV based on a digital came=
ra that takes a photo of the page. Then uses OCR to speak back the conten=
ts. It also uses touch screen technology to access all the controls and f=
eatures, as you might have guessed at a price.

I heard at Sight Village that you are not going to get much change from =A3=
6000.

Regards
Colin


----- Original Message -----=20
From: "Tristram Llewellyn" <tris-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 12:21 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Are CCTVs that useful?


> Hi Ray
>
> "One company has, of course, amalgamated a CCD camera with=20
> reformatting of text and auto-scrolling, which could be a decided=20
> advantage.  As usual,
this
> comes at a price, a whapping price =A33,000 I think... but I could=20
> foresee AISquared building in image capture to Zoomtext.  In fact,=20
> they've been threatening to do just that for years,
>
> If you were in an office where you contstantly had to deal with large=20=

> amounts of print, possibly doing copy typing then the cost would be=20
> more justified.  As to Ai Squared and similar hybrid CCTVs you are=20
> correct,
there
> has been no windows counterpard to Visability or BreaTech's CloseUP=20
> software, both which ran in DOS and were CCTV type replacements.  The
latter
> used OCR to reformat text for you.
>
> Regards.
>
> Tristram Llewellyn
> Sight and Sound Technology
> Technical Support


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