'Talking Pen-Multimedia Print Reader (MPR)' was launched here today
by Aadarsh Pvt Ltd, one of the leading printing and publishing
houses in Central India, at the World Book Fair.
It is a unique concept where the pen
recites the written text. When the MPR pen is positioned over a book
with MPR codes, it activates the pre-loaded audio files, so a reader
is also able to hear the text they are reading.
This education tool will also cater to
the special needs of the visually challenged population and people
suffering from various levels of Dyslexia. It will also help in
empowering volunteers responsible for public service education or
vocational training with technological proficiency.
Speaking about the Talking Pen, Manish Rajoria, Director, Aadarsh Pvt Ltd, said, ''Apart from its numerous
advantages for the students, Multimedia Print Reader is beneficial
for publishers as any book can be printed in Multiple Languages
using multiple downloadable audio files. Multimedia Print Reader
Books will help in combating the serious threat of piracy which
publishers are facing today.''
Talking to mediapersons, he said, this
technology gives a human face through voice in the learning process,
making it "interactive, interesting and educational".
Talking about the cost of the pen,
Rajoria said, ''The market cost of this tool is Rs. 7,000, but at the
book fair it is being sold at discount of 20 per cent and our sales
target is to sell one lakh pieces in one year.''
He said, the Talking Pen will make
story books, poems and rhymes interesting for the young readers,
helping in improving the attention span, reading ability and
concentration of the dyslexic and visually challenged.
The pen will also help language
learning with improved pronunciation by countering regional
influences, he said.
The tool will foster a self-learning
process, specially in the rural areas, encouraging the students to
work independently in the absence of teachers, this would heighten
results even in a poor student-teacher ratio, Rajoria added.
Ashish Rajoria and Manish Rajoria,
co-founders of Aadarsh Pvt Ltd, Pradeep Kishen, author of 'Trees of
Delhi' and director of the film, 'Massey Sahib' and 'Electric Moon'
and Naresh Khanna, editor and publisher, Indian Printer and
Publisher were present as special guests at the occasion.