Intel Offers an E-Reader, With a Difference

Electronic gadgets that help people enjoy digitized books are all the rage. Most share one assumption–that their users can read. Not so the latest offering from Intel (INTC).

The company Tuesday announced the Intel Reader, a device about the size of a paperback book that is designed to digitize printed text and read it aloud to users. Intel is not targeting book lovers who want to lighten their briefcases and backpacks; its audience, the company says, is people with poor eyesight, dyslexia or other conditions that make reading difficult or impossible.

Intel, of course, is known for chips that other companies put into computers and other products. One place the company deviates from that strategy is its digital health group, which has been developing hardware and software to help medical professionals and their patients.

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