Insight has achieved yet another feat in its tenacious efforts at making technology accessible to those people who are denied the sense of sight. Insight has released the alpha version of OCR Insight (Optical Character Recognition), an application that can be used to read text in English. The application scans the printed text to produce an image file. This image file is processed using the OCR engine, which converts it to a text file. The text file can then be read using screen reader software like ORCA. The application that was released on 21 October 2010 is hosted at https://sourceforge.net/projects/ocr-insight/.
OCR Insight is one long leap in Insight’s determination to make the visually challenged independent. A written or printed text is foreign to people with visual challenges and they are pushed to rely on others for reading them. OCR Insight will disengage them from being dependent as the task of converting the text into computer readable form can be executed without any assistance. With OCR Insight, the visually challenged can ‘read’ academic and official documents, books, newspapers and even legal text. The application lets them explore a virgin world of knowledge, thus helping them earn their long-denied right to learn and meeting their eagerness to acquire knowledge.