Can’t finish your favorite Harry Potter tome? Reading challenged? Unable to pronounce words right? All this and more is solved by the AbcDarian text scanner, (the name’s ABCD plus the word ‘librarian’) a concept from Sandra Brugmann who wants the gadget to alleviate the frustration of those struggling with literacy.
The pocket gadget is quite a multi-purpose tool, because not only does its screen highlight the text, but an electronic voice allows the user to read along correctly. On top of this near magical feature the AbcDarian is also useful for improving grammar and spelling. This is done by flipping the gadget over and dragging it across a line of text you just wrote.
We have to admit that its features are quite a tall order. Judging by its appearance, can’t the AbcDarian’s software be applied to an iPhone instead? Now isn’t that a cool idea—a literacy app.
Additionally, applying the rules of grammar used by the AbcDarian’s software to any written text presents has its own unique challenges. For example, reading Dr. Seus is fine, but how about when you use this to tackle James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake or ye olde Shakespeare? Which in turn begs the question, why would a semi-literate try Finnegan’s Wake?
And why not? No one should be afraid of a book. (Or a blog for that matter—wink, wink.)
Still, as most concepts go, the AbcDarian will require a ton of work before it’s market ready. That is, if a manufacturer has enough faith in the product’s uses to start building it.
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