A machine that allows printed material to be read and heard at the same time.?
GV Canon Factory.
GV INT. Assembly line.
CU Sound head is installed into the Synchroreader.
CU Being fitted into reader- and sound head working.
GV Finished Synchroreaders.
CU Synchroreader working.
CU SOF..Inserting magnetized paper into reader.
CU SOF..Switches on to recording.
CU Japanese official talks about synchroreader....SOF..starts. "The synchroreader is a machine designed for reproducing sound....SOUND ENDS........or telephone instructions being interpreted."
CU Switching reader over to play back.
CU SOF..Reader plays speech back, pan to Japanese official.
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Background: A machine that allows printed material to be read and heard at the same time. This is the 'Synchroreader', latest Japanese contribution to the world of automation --- and filmed June 11 by VISNEWS in production at Tokyo and in office use at Kawasaki.
Manufactured by the Canon Camera Company, the device allows a magazine or book to be read and heard at the same time. It has many possible uses, "talking letters" in the business world... talking catalogues and brochures ... talking textbooks for students ... talking newspapers and magazines. It can teach foreign languages and send medical records, reproduce musical scores.
The machine is designed for reproducing sound recorded on a 'Synchrosheet'. The paper is coated with paint compounded from fine powders of ferromagnetic iron oxide. Like ordinary letter paper, the sheet can be folded and mailed in an envelops. Experiments show that even a crumpled sheet produces clear sound. Hundreds of copy sheets can be printed from one single master sheet providing ample material for office filing purposes.
About 15 inches long, one foot wide and four inches deep, the machine can easily fit on a desk or small table. It records by using three sound heads on a revolving turntable and 'scanning' the magnetic ink print on the back of the ordinary paper sheet.
The 'Synchroreader' is now on the Japanese market at GBP100 a machine. Once the device becomes popular, manufacturers hope to cut the price. Since the Synchrosheet costs about one farthing, the operating cost is only a fraction of that involved in running a tape recorder.