Text-to-Speech C-Pen ReaderPen

The C-Pen ReaderPen, a text-to-speech pen, is being used to scan and read text in a printed book.

The C-Pen ReaderPen is a portable, text-to-speech scanning aid that reads printed text out loud using an embedded camera, real-time optical character recognition (OCR) and natural voice text to speech (TTS).

The device is designed to improve accessibility and boost reading confidence. A reading pen can help readers build fluency, improve literacy, and read independently. It’s a helpful tool for:

  • People with a learning disability such as dyslexia,
  • People with low vision,
  • Language learners. 

Key features of the C-Pen ReaderPen:

  • Recognizes English, French, and Spanish
  • Reads out loud in a human-like speaking voice
  • Looks up and reads out definitions of words
  • Stores scanned text and records voice memos up to 3GB
  • Can use built-in speakers or headphones for private listening
  • Everything is built-in and there is no need or requirement for an internet connection

How to Use the ReaderPen

A quick start user guide is included when you borrow a ReaderPen.

This YouTube video also demonstrates how to use the ReaderPen.

Where to Find the ReaderPen

A C-Pen is currently available for a one-hour loan period for in-library use at the McConnell Library in Sydney and the Glace Bay Library.

Please ask at the desk to access a scanning pen.