Friday November 29, 2013
Enhanced Vision offers a portable monitor that provides full-color HD magnification of text and images when connected to one of its CCTVs, including the Acrobat HD Short and Long Arm, Transformer VGA/USB, Amigo or Max.
The thin, 13.3-inch monitor weighs 3.5 pounds and is small enough to fit in a backpack. It's designed for persons with low vision who need magnification options at school or at work.
Monday November 25, 2013
Time to Sign's "Everyone Can Sign" is a series of quick guides" designed to help teach American Sign Language (ASL) to students with special needs, including ADHD, autism, and Down syndrome.
Each book comes with a DVD of Time to Sign founder and president Lillian Hubler demonstrating the signs.
All three books are published by the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; each measures 8.5 by 11 by .2 inches. Each costs $19.95 with bundle and volume discounts available.
- Everyone Can Sign: Special Needs Series Quick Guide: ADD/ADHD, 82 pp (October 25, 2013)
- Everyone Can Sign: Special Needs Series Quick Guide: Down Syndrome, 72 pp (October 25, 2013)
- Everyone Can Sign: Special Needs Series Quick Guide: Autism, 66 pp (September 30, 2013)
Saturday November 23, 2013
With built-in cameras, ever-increasing processing power, and the right apps, a smart phone or tablet can replace some dedicated devices. Sometimes, all that's needed is the means to position the mobile device.
An example is ScanJig, a stand made from lightweight polymer board designed to align mobile devices for image and document scanning.
In terms of assistive technology, ScanJig enables blind and visually impaired users to properly align their mobile device to capture and read (via text-to-speech) many types of documents, including checks, business cards, forms, and receipts.
The device, which sells for $29.95, supports many popular mobile devices as well as scanning and photo apps. Paid versions of many apps provide a batch mode for faster scanning -- often up to 10 pages per minute.
The device reminded me of the low-cost solutions developed by Therese Willkhomm of Assistive Technology in NH at the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability.
Monday November 18, 2013
The Optelec ClearReader+ is a reading machine for people with low-vision that scans printed text, reads it aloud, and enables users to save, transfer, and import files.
The device combines optical character recognition (OCR) scanning and text to speech to enable users to access most types of written materials, from books and magazines to receipts, recipes and the mail.
ClearReader+ functionality can be expanded to enable text display on a monitor one can navigate using a remote console. This Magnification Feature Pack -- sold separately in a bundle called ClearReader+ Advanced -- lets users connect to an external VGA monitor, TV, or video magnifier.
This setup enables users to view digital photos, select viewing options, and follow along with highlighted text.