The Book Reading Bot (brb) programmatically flips through physical books, and using TTS reads the pages aloud. There are also options to download the pdf or audiobook.

I read an article on The Spectator how some low-income students cannot afford textbooks, and actually spend time at the library manually scanning the books on their phones. I realized this was a perfect opportunity for technology to help people and eliminate repetitive tasks. All you do is click start on the web app and the software and hardware do the rest!

Another use case is for young children who do not know how to read yet. Using brb, they can read Dr. Seuss alone! As kids nowadays spend too much time on the television, I hope this might lure kids back to children books.

On a high level technical overview, the web app (bootstrap) sends an image to a flask server which uses ocr and tts.

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