The Automark VAT, seen here in production, is a hybrid of several devices: scanner, printer, touch screen display and input device. The data for a given poll, such as a candidate's name, is stored on a compact flash card, a storage technology used in digital cameras. Officials can customize the data--for example, they can give phonetic pronunciation of names for use in a synthesized speech feature.
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