The IRISPen is a portable scanner and OCR software bundle that allows you to scan and recognise text on the move. It is a small device, which you plug into your PC and then run along lines of text. It transfers text directly to your system.
Because it is designed for use on short, clear text documents, results are impressively accurate – although you'll need to use a steady hand. Wobbling leads to poor results. The Executive version we reviewed includes a text-to-speech engine that will read back text to you, as well as barcode recognition and hand-printed number recognition.
The IRISPen offers multiline scanning to remember a few lines at a time, so you can send paragraphs of text to your PC. With a light and ergonomic design it was comfortable to use.