Kurzweil Educational Systems

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Kurzweil Educational Systems
Type software
Industry Assistive Technology Software
Fate Acquired
Founded 1996
Headquarters Natick, Massachusetts
Products Kurzweil 1000 and Kurzweil 3000
Parent Cambium Learning Technologies
Website http://www.kurzweiledu.com

Kurzweil Educational Systems, Inc. is an American-based company that specializes in providing reading and writing software to assist people who are blind or partially sighted, or who have learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and attention deficit disorder. Founded in 1996, the company has pioneered the development of computerized assistive technology.[citation needed] Its headquarters are based in Natick, Massachusetts.

The company supplies two principal software products to its customers - Kurzweil 1000 and Kurzweil 3000. Kurzweil 1000 is a software which enables a visually impaired user to gain access to both web-based, digital or scanned print materials through its OCR and text to speech features; Kurzweil 1000 software provides easy access to most printed forms and presents them with the fields, labels, boxes, and text areas in the appropriate reading order to enable forms completion via the computer.[citation needed]

Kurzweil 3000 is an assistive technology which provides a reading, writing and study platform aimed at people with learning disabilities or other disabilities that make reading or writing difficult. Kurzweil 3000 is used to support those with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, English Language Learners in school, higher education, at home and in the workplace. Kurzweil 3000 can read aloud web-based, digital or scanned print material, convert web-based, digital or scanned print materials into mp3 to provide audible files to listen to on the go or through its firefly web app can be read on an iPad.

Though the company was formed in 1996, text to speech software is actually something that dates back to the 1970s, when Dr Raymond Kurzweil developed his first Kurzweil Reading Machine, a device which could scan and speak text.

In 2005, Kurzweil Educational Systems was acquired by Cambium Learning Technologies. Cambium owns a number of other education related companies.[citation needed]

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