The Pen Parts
On the Front Panel you can see:
1. Pen tip with optical scanning head (beneath the protective cover)
2. 5-way button (Enter and direction keys)
3. Power/Escape key (red)
4. Touch screen display
On the Top Panel you can see:
1. USB cable outlet
2. Stylus and stylus slot
3. Insertion point for earphones
Important: Before using the earphones, adjust the volume using the Voice Settings option in the Preferences menu. The Preferences menu can be accessed from the Pen Main Menu or from within the Settings menu in each application.
On the Back Panel you can see the battery compartment.
Unpacking the Pen
To get started:
1. Remove the Pen from the protective case.
2. Lift the battery cover on the back of the Pen by pushing the tab down and out.
3. Insert the batteries into the Pen with the positive and negative terminals corresponding to the markings on the sides of the battery compartment.
4. Close the battery compartment.
5. Remove the protective cover from the Pen tip.
6. Turn the Pen on by pressing the red power key. The Pen is ready to scan!
Note: Make sure that your Pen always contains batteries, even when connected to the PC.
Installing the PenExplorer
Use the PenExplorer to download files to your Pen and to extract the list of recently viewed words from the Pen.
Important: Do not connect the USB cable to the PC before installing the PenExplorer.
To install the PenExplorer do the following:
1. Open a web browser and type in the following address:
http://www.wizcomtech.com/readingpents/ Download and run the file.
2. Click on the PenExplorer Installation and follow the instructions for installing the PenExplorer and the USB driver.
The Pen is in scanning mode when the red light at the tip of the Pen is blinking. If you scan text and the results are not accurate, simply scan again and the text on screen will be over-written with the new text.
Scanning mode is disabled when accessing a toolbar menu or when you are not in the ReadingPen application.
The Pen scans and recognizes printed text in a wide range of languages, font types and point sizes (6-22 points, up to
8mm) and in a variety of colors on contrasting backgrounds (except red on white, white on red, blue on black and black on blue).
It does not recognize handwriting, cursive fonts, mathematical symbols or other profession-specific signs.
Troubleshooting Poor Character Recognition
Poor character recognition may occur for several reasons:
ƒ Low quality scanning material.
ƒ Scanning settings not set correctly (e.g. Inverse).
ƒ Holding the Pen at the wrong scanning angle.
ƒ Scanning too fast.
Tips for Good Scanning
To ensure optimum scanning results:
ƒ Hold the Pen at the correct scanning angle.
ƒ Place the scanning material on a flat surface.
ƒ Use good quality scanning material. Note that poorly photocopied materials may provide bad results.
ƒ Do not scan too fast.
Scanning settings can be modified via the Settings () menu in the Pen applications.
The Pen’s default scanning setting allows you to scan dark text on a light background. To enable scanning of light text on a dark background, select the Inverse option in the Settings menu.
Changing the Font Size
There are two font sizes to choose from – Regular and Enlarged. Changing the font size will mainly affect how text is seen in the File Screen and the Dictionary Screen. Change the font size by selecting or de-selecting the Enlarged Font option in the Settings menu of the application.
Note: The default application setting is Enlarged Font. The Preferences and Information menus are always in enlarged font.
To keep your product in good condition, follow these guidelines:
ƒ Store in protective case when not in use.
ƒ Keep away from excessive moisture and temperature extremes.
ƒ Clean using a soft, damp cloth.
ƒ Do not use soap or other cleaning aids on the touch screen.
ƒ Avoid exposing to direct sunlight for long periods.
ƒ Avoid scratching or damaging the touch screen.
CAUTION: To reduce the risk of electrical shock or damage to the internal components, do not spray liquid directly on the screen or allow excess liquid to drip inside your Pen.
The Pen Power Supply
The Pen comes with 2 AAA Alkaline batteries.
Safety Points (Batteries)
ƒ Always place 2 fresh batteries in the Pen. It is not advisable to use the Pen with batteries that are not at the same voltage level.
ƒ Do not combine different types of batteries (e.g. rechargeable and non-rechargeable).
ƒ Dispose of used batteries according to the manufacturer's instructions.
CAUTION: Risk of explosion if battery is replaced by an incorrect type. Use AAA Alkaline batteries only.
Preserving Battery Usage
To optimize battery usage, go to Set Auto Shut-Off Time in Preferences in the Pen Main Menu and modify the settings according to your needs.
External Power Supply (using the USB cable)
Connecting the Pen to the PC using the USB cable automatically activates the power supply from the PC. This has the following implications:
ƒ The Pen uses the external power supply when connected to the PC, so batteries last longer.
ƒ Set Auto Shut-Off Time in Preferences is disabled when the Pen is connected to the PC.
CAUTION: Unsaved information may be lost if the USB cable is disconnected while using without batteries. It is very important that the Pen always contains batteries, even when connected to the PC.