Close up of buttons on the Orcam Read Smart
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Before ordering we recommend having a chat with a member of our Technology for Life Team to discuss your requirements and ensure you pick the right product for you. 

This lightweight, handheld device uses a smart camera and AI technology to instantly read out text from any printed surface or digital screen.

Designed for people with mild low vision, reading fatigue, reading difficulties including dyslexia, and anyone who consumes large amounts of text, this highly sophisticated device is simple to use – just point the Orcam Read Smart towards the text and press a button.

It will instantly read printed or digital text from books, newspapers, smartphone screens, computers, and more. using laser targeting and its 13 megapixel sensor. In dimly lit environments, an LED light gives the right amount of illumination to make reading possible. The Orcam Read Smart will read documents in any orientation – even upside down or sideways.

It can also detect bank notes and recognise barcodes (please note, it can not read some barcodes).

You can listen via the mini speaker on the device or through headphones (wired or Bluetooth), or a Bluetooth speaker.

Orcam Read Smart is the most efficient smart pen on the market – it is designed for all ages and does not require an internet connection. In addition to offering Speed Reading, it is the only smart pen that has Full Page Capture. It has four large, tactile buttons, making it easy to use.

This product comes with 90 minutes' free training (which will be delivered online). You will be contacted by Optelec within a week of purchase to arrange training.

  • Lightweight smart camera for reading printed or digital text.
  • Ideal for newspapers, books, menus, signs, product labels and screens.
  • Bank note detection.
  • Barcode recogniser (please note, some barcodes can not be recognised).
  • Able to read font size 4pt and up.
  • Clear, synthetic English voice – switch easily between male and female.
  • Easy-to-use with large tactile buttons.
  • Designed for all ages.
  • Does not require an internet connection.
  • Listen via device’s mini speakers, wired headphones or Bluetooth headphones or speaker.
  • 13 megapixel sensor.
  • Built-in LED light for reading in dimly lit environments.
  • Integrated 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 2-year warranty


  • Size: 120 × 30 × 11mm (4.72 × 1.18 × 0.43 inches)
  • Weight: 49g (1.73oz)

Battery and charging

  • Built-in rechargeable battery with three-hour battery life and LED battery indicator.
  • USB-C charging port.
  • USB-C cable and power adapter supplied.

RNIB Technology Support  

For information or advice on technology that will be suitable for your needs, please contact our team on 0303 123 9999 and speak to one of our advisors within the Sight Loss Advice Service.

Special order  

We work with partners to deliver products on our behalf. If you’re buying a special order product, we will pass on your contact information to our partners to enable delivery. We may also quote extended delivery times, outside of our standard terms and conditions for these products. Please note the large print, braille and audio product instructions are despatched separately from our Warehouse, whilst the device will be despatched from our supply partner's warehouse. 

Important - order cancellations and returns

We are unable to cancel your order once it has been placed. Should you change your mind about this special order product, you will need to accept the delivery and then contact RNIB Helpline to arrange its return; guidance on how to do this can be found in our Returns Policy.

This product is returnable as unsuitable within 30 days of receipt in an “as new” condition in original, undamaged packaging.

We kindly ask our customers to ensure that any faulty products being returned are packaged securely for stable transit, or the warranty may be voided. Where possible, please use the original packaging.

This item is eligible for VAT exemption.

Barcode: HT387

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