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HumanWare's SmartView Versa+ Handheld Video Magnifier

Portable CCTV Lets Low-Vision Users Play Music & Videos and Record Memos


HumanWare SmartView Versa+ Handheld Video Magnifier

The SmartView Versa+ is a handheld video magnifier that also supports multimedia, including music and video.

Updated August 20, 2013

The HumanWare SmartView Versa+ is a handheld electronic video magnifier that enables people with low vision to enlarge text and images for easier viewing.

The Versa+ is similar in size and function to other magnifiers, including the Pebble from Enhanced Vision and the Optelec Compact 5 HD.

Unlike most portable CCTVs, however, the SmartView Versa+ combines magnification with multimedia features that enable users to record conversations, listen to music, and watch videos.

The SmartView Versa+ has a 4.3-inch color LCD display and can magnify images up to 15x. It provides multiple high contrast modes and the ability to save and manipulate images

The device, which normally retails for $925, is available for $695 (web orders only) through the end of 2012.

Key Uses for SmartView Versa+ Magnification

At home, the SmartView Versa+ can be used to:

  • Read prescriptions and pill bottles
  • Do crafts and crossword puzzles
  • Store frequently used phone numbers
  • Listen to music
  • Plug into TV for extra-large display.

At school, a low-vision user can:

  • Read standard textbooks
  • Take tests
  • Save images for future reference
  • Listen to music & watch movies on the bus

In the office, SmartView Versa+ users can:

  • Scan reports
  • View phone & computer keys
  • Record voice notes
  • Write messages

HumanWare SmartView Versa+ Product Features

  • Autofocus camera that ;provides a clear view up to 10 cm away from objects
  • 4.3-inch widescreen LCD
  • Magnify text & images up to 15x
  • 5 high-contrast viewing modes
  • Pan and zoom saved images on a removable SD memory card
  • Multimedia: play music, movies, and make voice recordings
  • TV connectivity - connect to a TV for increased magnification
  • 4-hour battery
  • Compact: weighs 7 oz

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