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Claro ScanPen

Need to listen to printed text? Have it spoken aloud – at school, in a test or exam, at work or at home? Use Claro ScanPen to take a photo of your printed text document, letter, test paper – then select the text with your finger (or stylus), and hear it spoken straight back to you. Instantly! No internet connection required.

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Needs and Challenges Addressed:

  • Confidence
  • Focus and concentration
  • Motivation and interest
  • Visual tracking for editing


13-17, 18+, 4-8, 9-12




Android, Chromebook, iPhone/iPod/iPad


$1-20, Free

Claro ScanPen advances reading aloud support. It gives access to printed text materials and documents for all, in a wide range of languages. Using your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device, simply:

Take a photo of the text or select a photo of the text document from your camera roll.

Highlight with your finger or stylus which section of text you want to hear spoken to you.

Listen as Claro ScanPen instantly reads the text back to you using a human quality voice in a language of your choice.

With your finger (or stylus) you can highlight all of the text, word by word or line by line. Tap anywhere to stop the speech. Claro ScanPen can also be used with the built in iOS VoiceOver accessibility feature, allowing low vision and blind users to access text.

Claro ScanPen has no access to the internet or any reference material, so is perfect to use as a computer reader under exam and test conditions, helping students who cannot read text very well (e.g. students with dyslexia) to listen to the exam test paper questions and information. It can also be used for quickly converting class handout materials, printed presentations, instructions, books – in fact anything containing printed texts. Great for independent access and learning.

Claro ScanPen uses the latest premium Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to convert your picture into text and uses iOS system voices to read the text back to you. The OCR in Claro ScanPen fully supports the recognition of text in the following languages:











Simply select the voice that matches the language of your text to hear it read back correctly. Higher-quality Nuance Expressive and Acapela voices (including children’s voices) are available to purchase in-app or with an active subscription in Claro ScanPen Premium.

Text can be automatically copied to the clipboard when selected if you enable the advanced setting in iOS Settings.

A share button can also be enabled in advanced settings. This lets you export your image to other apps, email and other destinations.

New with iOS 11 on iPad Claro ScanPen supports drag and drop of the scanned text to apps that support text, such as Notes. Requires iOS 11 and an iPad that supports multi-tasking.

Claro ScanPen does not require internet access to function.

Premium Version:

The standard version of ScanPen comes with a range of downloadable voices to speak your text, as in-app purchases. The Premium version, if you purchase the annual subscription, lets you download and use as many of these voices as you like – at no extra charge. The Premium version also comes with 10 free scans as well as a free 14-day trial, so you can try the app before deciding to purchase either version.

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Android - (Free)