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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS - —TEXT BY NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN AND PIC­TURES BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

If you were look­ing for tech­nol­ogy that can help you digi­tise printed words, then your wait has come to an end. The IRISPen Ex­ec­u­tive 6 can read text, line af­ter printed line, and con­vert that into dig­i­tal con­tent. The em­pha­sis on printed line is to clar­ify that this de­vice can­not read manuscripts.

The in­stal­la­tion is fairly sim­ple. You have to run the CD first to in­stal the pro­gramme be­fore plug­ging in the USB cord at the back end of the pen. Once the pro­gramme is run­ning, it will ask you to cal­i­brate the pen, a process you will have to re­peat al­most ev­ery time you use the pen.

Once this is done, just roll the pen over the text that you want scanned. A small win­dow at the left hand cor­ner of your PC screen will tell you which lines are be­ing scanned. Af­ter a while – this can be a sen­tence, a para­graph or a page – you can use the two keys on the pen to flush the text or paste it on to a Word or TXT file. It is bet­ter not to stretch the past­ing to beyond a para­graph.

You will, how­ever, need to fre­quently re­view the pasted text as the pen has a ten­dency to miss items. To pre­vent this, en­sure that the pen is fully pressed as you roll it on the text and the yel­low LED is on. The pen can also read bar­codes, dot matrix prints and fine print. The two but­tons on the pen can be eas­ily cus­tomised to in­tro­duce en­ter marks, spa­ces and even undo scans. But the use of the but­tons will take some time to master.

While the com­pany claims it can read ‘hand print­ing’, we could get it to read just nu­mer­als but failed to read al­pha­bets, even block let­ters.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Buy if you have the spe­cific use

GG

Price:

12,999 `

IRISPEN EX­EC­U­TIVE 6

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