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The Poet Compact 2+ is a voice output reading machine designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This stand-alone reading machine is designed to allow the user to listen to any kind of printed documents without having to know how to operate a computer. The machine automatically recognizes the orientation of documents placed on the scanner bed, scans the document, converts the picture into spoken language, and reads it aloud. The machine consists of an integrated flatbed scanner, two built-in stereo loudspeakers, text recognition software with italics adjustment, one on/off button, three buttons, two rotary control knobs, and one menu keypad. The buttons, keypad and knobs are large and have tactile markings. The first button scans and recognizes texts with high-quality speech output. The second and third buttons pause, stop and start speech. The control knobs are used to adjust the volume and reading speed to the user's preference when the machine is running. Speech output is based on a new generation speech synthesizer. The front panel menu keypad allows access to menu functions, speech settings, plug-ins, a CD drive for listening to DAISY books, MP3 files, connecting USB sticks, and a Baum Pronto! organizer. OPTIONS: Additional languages and voices, and Baum braille displays. POWER: Uses standard 100-240 volt, 50-60 Hertz power outlet; power cord is included. DIMENSIONS (WxDxH): 11 x 18.1 x 3.9 inches. WEIGHT: 12.8 pounds.
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