CapturaTalk is a piece of assistive technology software which, when installed onto a mobile phone, allows you to take a picture of some text and then have it read aloud. It was created primarily to help people who require literacy support for disabilities such as dyslexia, or people learning English. As well as scanning pictures and converting them to speech, CapturaTalk is also able to read documents, text messages, contacts, internet pages, PDF files and e-mails received or opened on the phone. CapturaTalk also incorporates the Oxford English Dictionary, so if you aren't sure what a word means you can look it up, and have the definition read out. It was developed by Mobispeech, a joint venture by iansyst Ltd and Raspberry Software Ltd.
CapturaTalk has been featured by the BBC and in October 2009 CapturaTalk won the Handheld Learning Award for Innovation in the Special Needs & Inclusion Category at the Handheld Learning Conference 2009.
CapturaTalk runs on Windows Mobile Professional Devices as long as they are touchscreen, have a two megapixel camera, 65 MB of storage and the operating system is Windows Mobile 5.0 or higher.
CapturaTalk version 3 was released in March 2010, following its preview at the BETT show in January 2010. There is a free upgrade available for anyone who purchased version 2.
CapturaTalk for Windows is now end of life. In January 2012 an Android version was released.
- JISC RSC Scotland newsletter features CapturaTalk
- Lexdis Ideas For e-learning features CapturaTalk
- Merlinjohnonline article on CapturaTalk
- BBC Look East reports on CapturaTalk
- BBC on-line article about CapturaTalk
- Handheld Learning Conference 2009 Award Winners
- JISC Regional Support Centres Scotland report on CapturaTalk win