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Assistive Technology

Circulating assistive technology available at Lied Library.

Freedom Scientific PEARL

Freedom Scientific Pearl text reader with computer interface

The PEARL, combined with JAWS 2018, Fusion 2018, or OpenBook scanning and reading software, brings blind and low vision users instant portable access to printed material with an array of human-sounding voices. The folding camera deploys in seconds to connect to your PC and snap a picture of your reading material and begins reading it aloud instantly.



  • 4-Hour Loan Period
  • Plug and Play USB with JAWS 2018, Fusion 2018, and OpenBook 9
  • Motion Sensor to detect new pages for Multi-Page scanning
  • Built-in LED lighting for dim settings
  • Scan 20 pages per minute while reading
  • Braille user's manual

Additional OpenBook features

  • Add comments and highlighting to scanned text
  • OpenBook scanning identifies columns and places them in logical reading order
  • Saves in many formats including BRL or even Audio
  • Export to other applications like Microsoft® Word or Notepad


Item is loaned as two separate packages:

  1. A pouch with the PEARL machine inside
  2. A bag with two operating manuals.


See the circulation desk for availability.

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