Reading pens make reading content more accessible, helping give students independence, increase reading speed and fluency, and enhance comprehension. It is a helpful tool for a wide range of readers, from those with reading and learning difficulties (particularly dyslexia) to students and travelers looking to work more efficiently.
Small, fast digital pen scans and reads back text. Great resource for anyone with reading difficulties, such as dyslexia, or learning English, and wants additional help with reading and comprehension, including readers who want help with longer multi-syllabic words to enjoy reading and be able to read more complex text. Also helps readers with low vision.
Main functions: text reading using high quality natural sounding voice, obtaining definitions from built-in dictionary, and capturing text remotely to file or directly to a cursor point on any computer. Other features include a built-in voice recorder with playback.
The pen is half the size of other portable pen scanners on the market and half the weight, meaning it is easier to use by a younger generation and making this learning tool suitable for children (age 6+) and adults. As easy to use as a highlighter pen.
C-Pen is the only portable line scanner on the market that is both Mac and PC compatible. No software is required, just connect the pen to a computer with a USB cable and it appears as an external hard drive.
Text to speech Use C-Pen ReaderPen to read printed text for you. Features a high quality naturally speaking English voice. Use it to listen to pronunciations or to help you read in general. Capture larger amounts of text that the pen reads for you while following along in the book visually. A light turns on when scanning as a guide for text being scanned. More senses = better learning.
Dictionary Not sure about a word? C-Pen ReaderPen contains high quality electronic dictionaries. Capture the word(s) and they are located in the dictionary for you, instantly, providing definition and pronunciation. Also remembers words you have looked up and keeps the history available for you.
OCR Engine Contains a high accuracy multi-language OCR that enables electronic note capture. Scan and save text of interest instantly. Text is saved in the pen and is easily transferred to your computer via USB (as a text file). Extremely handy if you are a student or a researcher or if you just want to save some text of interest. Simply use the pen to scan a word, a paragraph, or even a full page. Scan font size range 6.5 – 22 point. Can even be used on text that has been highlighted (yellow, pink and orange highlighted text).
Voice memos Built-in microphone (and speaker and headphones connector) allows you to record audio, like voice memos. Audio files are saved in the pen, can be retrieved and listened to any time. You can also upload the audio files to your computer.
USB Drive Doubles as a USB drive. 3GB user space is available to store a backup of your documents or other important files. Connect it to a USB port on your MAC, Windows or Linux computer (no special or additional software required).
Interfaces Uses a standard micro USB connector for charging and connecting to computers, and standard 3.5 mm connector for headphones. Not Bluetooth compatible.
Compact Small, portable, and light, making it easy to carry and use anywhere.
Hear words and lines of text spoken aloud in clear, human sounding voice
Can read text on math questions, numbers and some symbols (but not equations or algebra)
Instant text to speech when scanning
Scan font size range 6.5 – 22 pt
Can read colored text
Instant word lookup in dictionary - provides definitions and pronunciation
Scan and save to file, copy files to computer
Scan text directly to PC, Mac, Chromebook, or Linux; no special or additional software required
1GB of storage
Download to a computer like using a USB key – no software required
Microphone for audio recording; record and listen or transfer to computer
Built-in speaker and earphone jack; can be connected to an external speaker via USB
264x64 OLED display
Rechargeable Li-ion battery
Free future upgrades, no need to purchase a new model when firmware is upgraded.
5.3” x 1.3” x 0.75”, 1.8 ounces
Includes Reader Pen, earbuds, USB cable, and carry case. Classroom Set includes 10 Reader Pens, 10 individual pen cases, 10 sets of earbuds, 10 USB cables, all in a case with handle for easy transport and storage.
"C-Pens are amazing! In the world of AT, this is a tool everyone needs. Within minutes students and teachers are using the pens to read worksheets, vocabulary words, bus schedules and even cake mix boxes. My students love the fact that the pen is small and doesn't make them look different. Thanks for making such as great tool."
— K. White, Assistive Technology Specialist, Wisconsin
"The C-Pen has been a fabulous help. I recently was diagnosed with dyslexia and I am entering graduate school this fall and I know the C-Pen will come in very handy. I believe the C-Pen is a quality product. I spent a few months researching the different products on the market and it was the camera scanner that sold me."
— Martín C. Muñoz, Utah
Specialist Dyslexic news and review website gives a review of the C-Pen.
We rely heavily on our senses to process information when learning and engaging more than one sense can help information processing. Using multiple senses allows more cognitive connections and associations to be made with a concept. A simple advantage of multisensory training is that it can engage individuals with different learning styles.
Sound plays a crucial role for everyone in the learning path but particularly for auditory learners. It helps people understand better and provides another layer of comprehension that sight alone can’t offer. People generally remember 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see, and 50% of what they see and hear.
One of the biggest benefits of a reading pen is providing a student with independence while working. No longer would he have to wonder what a word is, skip over it, or ask someone. The reading pen can enable a student with a specific learning disability in reading to read required texts fairly easily, helping the student to read at a more fluent rate, rather than struggling to read.
Reading pens are particularly useful for older students who prefer to work independently, but are still working on learning basic reading skills. A reading pen allows the student to work with grade-level books in science, math, history, and literature because it reads those difficult words to him/her. This can also help avoid getting behind in all subject areas due to a disability in one subject area.
The ReaderPen is also very convenient; it can be taken anywhere to read just about anything that is printed in a typical reading font, providing access to reading materials at home, school and on the job.