I spent a weekend tying Tesseract together with Tekkotsu (the amazing open framework for the Sony AIBO) in an attempt to teach my robot dog to read. The eventual goal being to hook up the output of OCR --> Text To Speech (TTS) and have him read to me.
Alas, the low resolution of the camera was an insurmountable problem. Poor Aibo needed 40-point fonts and I practically had to rub his nose in the book. Not exactly the user experience I was aiming for.
Never got around to the TTS part.