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THIS UNIT HAS BEEN TESTED- WORKS GREAT
ORIGINAL COST AROUND $5799.00
A XEROX IMAGING PRODUCT
APPEARS TO BE COMPLETE WITH ALL CARD READERS
COMES WITH ORIGINAL UNPACKING INSTRUCTIONS
COMES WITH ORIGINAL USER'S GUIDE INCLUDES LAMINATED PLASTIC KEYPAD GUIDE PART # 00-07419-00
COMES WITH SUPPLEMENT TO THE USER'S GUIDE STILL SHRINK WRAPPED AND SEALED
COMES WITH ORIGINAL CASSETTE TAPE IN CASE SUPPLEMENT TO USERS GUIDE V.2.0
COMES WITH DETACHABLE KEYPAD
COMES WITH AC POWER CORD
AND OF COURSE THE MAIN UNIT
WHICH IS IN GREAT PHYSICAL SHAPE
DOESANT APPEAR TO HAVE ANY DAMAGES
THE FOLLOWING IS MUCH INFORMATION I OBTAINED FROMT HE INTERNET TO GIVE THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS UNIT A SYNOPSIS OF WHAT IT IS-
The Reading Edge is an optical character recognition (OCR) device from Xerox Imaging Systems. It is considered a transportable reader; all components are housed in one self-contained unit weighing 24 pounds. Like the Xerox/Kurzweil personal reader, this device provides DECtalk synthesized speech at rates up to 550 words per minute. This device can accommodate documents ranging in size from 3 by 5 inches to 8.5 by 17 inches.
The Reading Edge
Kurzweil Computer Products
The Reading Edge is the latest stand-alone offering from
Kurzweil Computer Products, a division of Xerox Imaging systems.
It replaces the Kurzweil Personal Reader, which has been sold for
the past five or six years. The new machine was first introduced
in the fall of 1992.
The Reading Edge is a compact, one-piece unit with an
eighteen-key attached keypad. It measures twenty inches wide by
seven and a half inches high by fifteen inches deep and weighs
twenty-three pounds. The scanning surface measures eight and a
half by eleven and a half inches. With the optional carrying case
the machine can be used as a semi-portable unit. Aside from the
question of portability, the small, one-piece design is a nice
bonus because it can save valuable desk real estate.
Like its predecessor, the KPR, the Reading Edge comes with a
bookedge scanner that scans to the edge of the glass which is
aligned with the front edge of the machine. This design is handy
for reading books since the spine can be put along the edge of
the glass, allowing the machine to scan the print, including that
closest to the binding. The availability of the bookedge scanner
is one of the strongest pluses for this machine and should be
heavily weighted by would-be purchasers who read a lot of books.
It is possible to read books with the other scanners, but it
takes a little more work and ingenuity. The scanner surface on
the Reading Edge is somewhat smaller than that of the earlier
Kurzweil machine. It measures eight and a half inches by eleven
and three quarters inches. If the page is over eleven inches
long, however, it is possible to do two scans and stitch the
resulting pieces of text together.
The Reading Edge sits at a slight angle--that is, the front
is higher than the back. This helps in reading books since the
angle helps to hold them in place. There is also a lid covering
the scanner glass, which holds books and documents in place. The
front of the machine contains earphone and recording jacks. There
is also a compartment for storing the keypad. The rear of the
machine contains a serial port and the power cord. On the right
side are knobs to change volume and reading speed. The latter is
a nice feature because it allows the user to speed up and slow
down the built-in DEC-Talk synthesizer, even while it is reading
a document. No one else offers this feature, although Arkenstone
is adding it to the next upgrade of its software, due later this
summer. The Reading Edge also has a small credit card-sized piece
which plugs into the machine, which contains its software. This
design will facilitate software upgrades in the future.
While it does not affect the operation of the Reading Edge,
there is one peculiar thing about its appearance. The front of
the unit contains a Braille label which says:
the reading edge
a kurzweil reader
xerox imaging systems
The Braille used is of a nonstandard size and is spaced
improperly. Further, some, but not all, appropriate Grade II
contractions are used, and there is no capitalization. The effect
is sloppy considering that otherwise the machine is pretty well
Some of the commands used by the Reading Edge are the same
as those used by the Kurzweil Personal Reader, in particular,
those used to control the reading itself, such as "read previous
sentence," "read current word," etc. Overall the machine is
fairly simple to operate. Of the group discussed here, only the
Robotron Rainbow and TR320 are more straightforward.
The Reading Edge does not have the ability to control the
brightness setting automatically. There are sixteen possible
manual settings. The machine will determine the orientation of a
page automatically and read it regardless of the direction of the
print. The Reading Edge has about 220K of memory for storage of
documents, and the contents of the memory do not disappear when
the machine is turned off. While documents must be erased or sent
to a PC eventually, this temporary storage is convenient. The
method used to send documents to an external device using the
serial port is the same as on the KPR and is cumbersome at best.
Kurzweil has developed an external floppy disk drive option for
the Reading Edge, which will be offered in its next upgrade. This
accessory uses the serial port-based 3.5-inch floppy disk drive
sold by Blazie Engineering for $495.
Another unique feature of the Reading Edge is the use of six
keys on the keypad to write Braille. These keys can be used to
name or edit a document, write short notes, or enter corrections
into the synthesizer's pronunciation exceptions dictionary. It
has a Grade II back-translator so that the user can write in
Grade II Braille.
For beginners the machine has a startup message that
provides brief instructions on how to use it, but the message can
be turned off. The Reading Edge has a two-level help system. Like
the KPR it has a nominator key, which can be tapped before
pressing any of the other keys. The second key will then be
briefly described. If only the second key is pressed, only its
name or current function will be spoken. But tapping the
nominator key and then holding the key down results in a full
explanation of its function. This help system works quite well
and is available at any time.
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