Some apps are almost magical, and just a few years ago, they would have felt like science fiction.

What the app does is to turn written text into speech.

You can hold up the phone in front of a regular page in a paper book, and after a few seconds, you will hear the text read by a synthetic voice.

By hearing the text while reading, it becomes easier to understand.

But of course it is not only students who may have problems with reading, and the app can just as easily be used by people with impaired vision – or of all of us who sometimes need a little help to concentrate.

Scanpen has become possible thanks to two different technologies.

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