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If you have difficulty seeing what's on your computer screen or you just want to be able to read labels or written material, then you may need to resort to some kind of magnification technology. This could be either hardware or software. This page is just a brief overview of what's available in terms of hardware. For software solutions, visit the magnification software page.
|Electronic Magnifers Part I||Electronic Magnifiers Part II|
The most common in homes and offices. Originally used for copying documents into digital format they have developed into devices capable of helping someone with a vision impairment to read articles on a computer screen.
A scanner allows you to capture documents that are printed on paper and turn them into digital or online format to be viewed on a computer. Then they may be edited using applicable software and/or added to existing digital documents for both online and print publishing. Set up in the right way a scanner can also be used as a magnifier. There are a variety of scanners now available on the market and they are becoming ever more sophisticated:
This is often a computer monitor mounted on a stand above a flat moveable plate. The material to be scanned is placed face up on the viewing plate and the image is captured on a digital camera which is mounted underneath the monitor. Controls on the front of the monitor or viewing plate can be adjusted for optimum magnification and image quality. There are many different types of CCTV scanner available today some are like the image on the right and others are just digital cameras mounted on a separate stand and connected to the computer via a USB cable. More . . .
|Topaz Video Magnifier by Freedom Scientific|
Hand held mouse
This looks like a traditonal computer mouse but it has a small digital camera mounted on the underside. The user runs the mouse over a piece of text or an image and it is reproduced in magnification on the computer or television screen. The magnified image is displayed in full colour or enhanced black and white. The mobility of such a device allows difficult to read items such as medicine bottles cooking instructions etc. to be magnified easily
Designed to help you read schoolwork office work magazines books documents check your watch and much more all in full colour. The mouse has a small CCTV camera mounted on the underside. They come in mono or full colour versions and all have scart connections as well.
Works with any desktop or notebook PC using USB 2.0 and XP or Vista. More information about Bierley Mouse . . .
|Hand Magnifiers Part I||Hand Magnifiers Part II|
|SenseView Duo Magnifer||Opal Magnifier by Freedom Scientific|
|Onyx Video magnifiers||Visualeyes Quicklook Electronic Magnifier|
|Why spend hundreds of pounds on an electronic magnifier, when the chances are, you already have one in your pocket !|
The iCanSee on-screen magnification controls even adapt to varied environmental situations including low-light. Once the application is launched, iPhone then magnifies anything held in front of it by as much as four times the original size, helping users read the fine print on labels, menus, contracts, books or other materials discreetly without the need for separate reading glasses.
|iCanSee - Magnifier App demo||iCanSee - Magnifier App|
|iMagnify - up to 4x magnification|
Pen Scanner Designed to be swiped across a word or a line of text which then appears on the computer screen. Some manufacturers offer models which will also read out the text like a screenreader. When you slide the pen featured in the picture opposite over a line of written text or numbers the makers claim that it can also give you an instant foreign language translation which you can then modify yourself. Handy if you want to learn another language.
Pocket Reader 2 and Colour Pocket by VideoSpec.
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|invisiblebloke||How ZoomText compares with Lunar Plus||0||May 7 2009, 9:30 AM EDT by invisiblebloke|
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Some useful comparison reviews of ZoomText and Lunar Plus:
|invisiblebloke||Magnification+Speech - What works with Windows XP Professional 64-bit?||1||Sep 27 2008, 6:19 AM EDT by davebanes|
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A user who requires a magnification program with speech is having difficulty finding one which is compatible with her operating system. She has a 64-bit machine with Windows XP Professional 64-bit installed (previously had Vista installed). Enquiries so far with Dolphin reveal that LunarPlus and SuperNova are not supported in 64-Bit Editions of Windows. ZoomText appears also not to be supported. Anyone have any suggestions?
|invisiblebloke||Magnification||0||Aug 19 2008, 5:30 AM EDT by invisiblebloke|
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A guy was having difficulty using his computer due to visual difficulties arising from diabetes. Initial investigation established that he needed the font size to be larger. He was loaned a larger keyboard with high visibility stickers to try. A remote assessment was then carried out with him (using internet based remote access software) and looked at what he could see on the screen. He was then sent a demonstration copy of ZoomText to try, to establish with this, what magnification would definately be needed. After a two week trial, it was decided that x2 magnification would be adequate. A second remote assessment was carried out and the assessor downloaded the magnification program BigShot onto his computer and he is really pleased with this. He now gets on well with using his computer with the new software.
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