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A major technological breakthrough for anyone working or studying in a “second language


About The Dictionary Pen 

The Dictionary Pen is a major technological breakthrough for anyone working or studying in a “second language”. The embedded camera and OCR technology enables lookup or translation of words without the need for a single “click”. Simply pass the nib across a word and it instantly displays the definition and reads the word.

The device hosts nine (9) OXFORD Academic and English Language Teaching (ELT) dictionaries supporting six different languages. It’s a totally portable, pocket-sized device that pronounces the looked up word with a natural speaking text to speech voice.

It is also a scanner for capturing lines of text and uploading to a PC, Mac or Linux computer, making it ideal for students, teachers and professionals to capture essential information.

There is no software required to upload the text to Windows, MAC or Linux PC’s. Just connect the device to a computer with a USB cable and it appears as an external hard drive.

Other features include a built-in voice recorder with playback.

Key features:


  • Look up/translate words in dictionary in six different languages
  • Listen to single words being pronounced by natural speaking TTS
  • Highlight/store text in internal memory (2+ GB storage/thousands of pages)
  • Connect to Windows/MAC/Linux and upload text files (no software required)
  • Scan directly to text cursor on a Windows/MAC/Linux computer (no software required)
  • Record and play back voice memos
  • Free upgrades

Which pen is right for me?

Dictionary Pen

I am learning English** and my mother tongue is:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Russian
  • Mandarin
  • Arabic

I am English and learning:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Russian
  • Mandarin

I am a customer looking for the best line scanner capable of scanning in:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Russian
  • Mandarin

Reader Pen

I have dyslexia and I am learning:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

I have some sight loss* and I am trying to read in:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Exam Reader

I need help reading an exam paper in:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German

I have dyslexia and I am learning:

  • Italian
  • German

I have some sight loss* and I am trying to read in:

  • Italian
  • German

*Note: If you can use a yellow highlighter pen to highlight text in a book/on paper then you could get some use out of this C-Pen

** Note: If you mother tongue is not listed above, the Dictionary Pen will still help you learn English however it will not translate the word back into your language.



C-Pens are amazing! In the world of AT, this is a tool everyone needs. Within minutes’ students and teachers are using the pens to read worksheets, vocabulary words, bus schedules and even cake mix boxes. My students love the fact that the pen is small and doesn’t make them look different. Thanks for making such as great tool.
— K. White, Assistive Technology Specialist, Wisconsin USA - June 2016


Key Product Features

OCR Engine

The Dictionary Pen contains a high accuracy multi-language OCR that enables you to capture and save quotes and other text of interest instantly. The text is saved in text files which is then easily transferred to your computer. Extremely handy if you are a student, teacher or professional. Simply use the pen to scan a word, a paragraph, or why not full pages. It´s easy.


Not sure about a word? Dictionary Pen contains high quality electronic dictionaries from OXFORD. Capture the word(s) and have the translation(s) instantly. The Dictionary Pen also remember words that you have looked up and keep the history available for you.

USB drive

The USB interface is used for file transfer (USB drive), text input (HID/Human Input Device) and charging. it works with Windows, MAC and Linux and no software installation is required.


Screen OLED 256*64
Memory 8GB (appr. 3GB user space)
USB 2.0 High speed / Micro USB
Earphone 3.5mm connector
Battery 950 mAh
Scan Font Size Range 6.5 – 22 pt
Text saved as a .txt file
Menu Languages English
Languages (OCR/TTS/dictionaries): English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
Certifications CE, RoHS, FCC
Size Dimensions: 135*33*19mm Weight: 50g


Products are warranted against defects for 1 year from date of purchase.
Support: Free support is available.


We offer schools a free 30 day trial, please send a school purchase order to orders@scanningpens.com

Text to speech

The Dictionary Pen features high quality naturally speaking text to speech voices. Use it to listen to single word being pronounced.


A standard 3.5 mm connector is available for connecting your favourite headphones. The built-in microphone (and of course speaker and headphones connector) allows you to record audio, like voice memos. The audio files are saved in the device, can be retrieved and listened to any time. You can also upload the audio files to your computer.

Internal Memory

Appr. 3 GB user space is available which is enough to store thousands of text pages.


Oxford German Dictionary 3e (English-German-English)
Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary 4e (English-French-English)
Oxford-Paravia Italian Dictionary 3e (English-Italian-English)
Oxford Russian Dictionary 4e (English-Russian-English)
Oxford Spanish Dictionary 4e (English-Spanish-English)
Das grosse Oxford Wörterbuch 2e (English-German-English)
Dictionnaire Oxford Poche pour apprendre l’anglais (English-French-English)
Diccionario Oxford Pocket para estudiantes de ingles 4e (English-Spanish-English)
Dizionario Oxford Study per studenti d’inglese 3e (English-Italian-English)
Collins 30th Anniversary (English-English)
Oxford Arabic Dictionary (subject to firmware version)
Chinese Great Dictionary (subject to firmware version)

Package Contents

C610R Reader pen
Carry Case
USB Cable
Instruction Manual


Free support is available.  The manual is here.  For the latest firmware, please click here.  Please find a version history here.


UK Case Studies

The C-Pen Dictionary has so much potential and can be used for various subjects. As a French teacher, I can see how it could help 3 different categories of pupils :

Higher achievers could work independently and be given challenging tasks. The pen is very helpful as it gives both pronunciation and meaning of difficult words. Therefore, pupils can develop and improve the range of their vocabulary. It can obviously help them with accuracy too. It could be used for reading especially. Would be extremely encouraging for pupils as it would give them the opportunity to access reading books (that they would not be able to read without the pen).

Lower achievers : make texts easier to read and to understand, therefore it can help them to feel confident and to have a sense of achievement. As we know, self-confidence in your knowledge is crucial when one is learning a foreign language. It gives the opportunity to access the content easily. It would also help them with pronunciation which is a daunting exercise. Speaking is a vital part of the language and it is important for pupils to get the pronunciation right.

It could also be used by non-native pupils so they can understand instructions properly. Their English is not always fluent enough and some can not access the curriculum not because their are not able to but because of the language barrier. It has such a great potential for these pupils too as it would allow them to show their understanding, skills in class a lot quicker if they had access to this pen.

I like the fact that the pen offers multiple languages too. As I said I can see that it is helpful for pupils with reading difficulties. Having the pen reading the words out loud means that pupils are more independent, help them to access the content easily, no need to re-read the information various times before they can understand it (gain of time).

The pen is small, light and very easy to use, can be used with or without headphones. It is discreet and does not draw the attention of other pupils. It definitely helps make life easier without being overly noticeable.

Contact Us

Please call us on:

 +44 (0)207 976 4910 if within the UK

+1 727 316 8101 if within the US 

+1 647 499 7451 if within Canada

+61 (02) 8320 7161 in within Australia

or fill in the form below to get in touch.

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Request a Trial

Free 30 day trials are available for schools, colleges and universities in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.  Districts in the USA and Canada may also apply.  COBIS and BSME affiliated schools located outside of these countries may too apply.  Everybody else should order from here and may return within 30 days if they find the product unsuitable.

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