The Quran Pen Reader is a device that when put near the Quran recites the verses it is pointing at. The device does cost about $140. It is nice to see technology being used for the sake of the religion and learning; and I can see its benefits for those who wish to self-study or are older and maybe shy of going to a teacher to learn.
But, I have to say the traditional form of learning with a teacher is best. As I believe the human touch can never be replaced by technology. The expectations of a teacher in itself is a great motivation to learn and compels one to meet goals and complete lessons. Our tendencies are to be zealous in the start of a new project but gradually we lose interest. Traditionally the Quran has been taught by one person to the other and this creates a chain of transmission that can link back to Prophet (S.A.W.) with technology replacing the teacher the transmission leads back to Made in China.
All-in-all I do like the device but I believe the best teacher is a person.
· The pen has a built-in rechargeable battery
· Can be used like an MP3 to listen to the Quran
· Good for self-study