SARA - Scanning and Reading Appliance
- Earl Leonard Langguth
Author, Retired Pastor, Bible Teacher
See the SARA in Action
Freedom Scientific's SARA™ (Scanning and Reading Appliance) is an affordable and easy-to-use solution for those that are low vision, blind, or deaf-blind. The SARA enables the reading of a wide variety of printed material including books, documents, mail, newspapers, magazines, and so much more. Using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, the SARA works like a computer scanner that recognizes text, translates it into speech, then reads the text aloud.
The advanced technology of the SARA does not get in the way of ease of use.
For those with little to no computer experience, the SARA is the solution for reading small type. Right out of the box, you can place a book on the SARA, press a button to scan your reading material, and have it read back to you. Set the SARA to read continuously, or listen line by line or word by word. If you don't understand a word, have it spelled out. Pause when you need to, rewind, and fast forward. The tactile buttons are large, colorful, and easy to reach and identify.
Additional Option to Use BrailleJust connect one of our portable Braille displays — such as a Focus or PAC Mate™ Braille Display — to the USB port of the SARA, and any scanned document can be read in Braille.
When scanning documents with fainter type, set Contrast Adjustment to improve scanning and reading accuracy.
Choose from reading voices that are the most natural-sounding and pleasant of any standalone scanning and reading system. The SARA features 36 male and female voices and 18 languages plus additional dialects.
Play Audio and Attach to a Monitor for Large Type
The SARA plays most audio formats, including Digital Accessible Information SYstem (DAISY)-formatted talking books for the blind, and even comes with a starter library of 100 classic audio books. With ABBY FineReader® added to the OmniPage® OCR engine, the SARA's processing performance is better than ever.
Those with low vision will appreciate that they can attach the SARA to a monitor and produce colorful, large on-screen text that complements the reading voice. Select from among 35 interchangeable text and monitor background color combinations for the best appearance. Adjust the style of type, the size, and spacing to make it easiest for you to read. Spotlighting options help you keep track of text on your monitor while you read along with the SARA voice.
Read the SARA Data sheet (PDF)
SARA Pricing for U.S. Customers
SARA Scanning and Reading Appliance: $2,395
SARA Scanning and Reading Appliance with 22" flat screen monitor: $2,995
SARA one-year Product Maintenance Agreement (PMA): $250