Raymond C Kurzweil

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Kurzweil, Raymond C.

(1948–  ) computer scientist, entrepreneur; born in New York City. He developed a print-to-speech reading machine for the blind (1976) and a computer music keyboard (1984). A pioneer in automated speech-recognition, he founded Kurzweil Applied Intelligence (1982), which introduced the Kurzweil Voicesystem (1985), technology to transfer speech directly to a computer. His VoiceMED technology for voice-controlled patient reporting (1986) has been widely used by physicians and hospitals.
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Ray's contributions to science and technology, through research in character and speech recognition and machine learning, have led to technological achievements that have had an enormous impact on society--such as the Kurzweil Reading Machine, used by Stevie Wonder and others to have print read aloud," says Peter Norvig, director of research at Google.
of Education was one of the early supporters of the Kurzweil Reading Machine development.
Among the approaches reviewed in these case studies are Braille printers and computers, the Optacon, the Kurzweil Reading Machine, speech synthesizers, speech output software, magnification software, single-switch input systems, screen-based optical head pointing systems, voice recognition systems, StickyKey software, telephone devices for the deaf, the KEY plus keyboard system, and C-print.
The blind could now "read" books written in conventional fonts with the Kurzweil reading machine.
It is a fraction of the weight, size and price of the first-generation Kurzweil reading machine.
Visually impaired students can access a Kurzweil Reading Machine.
For visual impairments, reader services, talking books, and the use of the Kurzweil Reading Machine are the most common rehabilitation interventions at this level (Braille instruction and mobility training fit more appropriately within the person-oriented interventions).