You Have Choices – a List of CCTV Electronic Magnifiers

November 8, 2012

The Range of CCTV Electronic Magnifiers

All Assistive Technology devices for persons with low vision generally are ways to magnify what you are trying to see. CCTV Electronic Magnifiers consist of a digital camera, software to change the magnification, contrast and color, and a monitor for viewing. Each of those elements may be of greater or lesser high definition quality with a larger or smaller monitor. Try and see these physically before deciding. Dealers such as Bob Cook of Carolina Low Vision or state agencies such as Lynne Deese of the NCATP  can be very helpful.

For more info: or call  704-819-7817 or call  919-233-7075

In a previous article, we already reviewed what is currently the state of the art in CCTVs, the DaVinci  by Enhanced Vision. In addition to high quality magnification, it provides near vision for applying make-up, far vision for reading a school blackboard and text-to-speech that reads the screen out loud. At $3,000, that may seem too expensive. But in a world that sells Rolls Royces and Fiats, there are plenty of less expensive solutions to low vision problems. If, however, they are charging $2,500 or more for a smaller unit with fewer features, take another look at the DaVinci.

Electronic Magnifiers under $2,000:

Apex Basic Desktop Magnifier

$1,750 with 17″ monitor,  $1,950 with 19″ monitor

Merlin VGA Base plus 23″ Monitor

$1,695 for base Plus $ 130 for monitor

See-More Simplicity Inline Electronic Magnifier: 19-in. Color Flatscreen

$1,995 with 19″ monitor–Color-Flatscreen.html



Low Priced Alternatives:


TV-Eye Compact Desktop Electronic Magnifier:  4x-12x     $595

  • Portable desktop CCTV magnifier connects to your TV
  • Eight levels of magnification from 4x to 12x
  • Built-in adjustable LED illumination
  • Color, enhanced black on white & white on black modes
  • Includes magnifier, AC power supply & TV adapter

For more info:

Miracle Mouse Electronic TV Magnifier 20X

Independent Living Aids   $129

There are several magnifying mouses available. Many people find this model a little sharper.

An affordable and simple to use video camera that works just like a computer mouse. Simply roll magnifier on surface and see enlarged copy on your TV screen.

  • magnify and freeze images on your TV monitor
  • mouse easily moves steady and straight with rolling wheels on bottom
  • reading modes: full color, black on white, white on black
  • magnification on 20″ monitor: 20X (up to 70X digitally)
  • includes carry bag, power adapter, and user’s guide
  • easy to use and install
  • purchase optional USB adapter to install downloadable software for use with computer  (which allows your computer to do variable magnification & OCR Text-to-Speech)

For more info:


Daily Aspirin may cause Macular Degeneration

November 5, 2012

A European study published in November of last year found those who took a daily aspirin were found to be at a higher risk to develop age related macular degeneration. And while several studies have shown this correlation, one must consider that many who are on low dose aspirin also have heart disease. Heart disease is a risk factor for macular degeneration. These kinds of statistical ‘problems’ make finding direct correlations difficult for researchers.

Many agree that aspirin tends to make wet macular degeneration, the less common and more severe variety, more likely to lead to bleeding. Aspirin also predisposes individuals to certain kinds of stomach ulcers and other bleeding related disease processes. The wet part of macular degeneration is an end step in the disease process. Most of the prior steps are not linked in any way to aspirin.

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Enhanced Vision’s New CCTV with HD & OCR

November 4, 2012

Recently Lynne Deese of the NC Assistive Technology Program ran a seminar.

In it, Bob Cook of Carolina Low Vision demonstrated the new Pebble Mini and the amazing DaVinci CCTV.

The market’s first and only All-in-One HD CCTV with Text-To-Speech (OCR) and

3 camera viewing positions – see near, far and everything in between.

Experience the joy of reading again!

See how DaVinci raises the bar for CCTV’s

Sony® HD camera – work on hobbies and see small details
Reads aloud with Nuance® software – read any printed text aloud with the push of a button

24” High resolution HD LCD –
for crystal clear pictures and vibrant colors.

28 adjustable viewing modes allow you to personalize
– perfect for reading magazines, newspapers, prescriptions, and doing cross word puzzles

Adustable Magnification – from 2.4x to 77x

Amazingly priced at $2,995!


Hurricane Sandy and the AT Community

November 4, 2012

This is from Lauren Tappan:

When a regional storm hits and an AT service is cut off, it often affects the entire AT community. Learning Ally has recovered and we all have gained.

Learning Ally Making Reading Accessible For All
Dear Learning Ally Member,

Hurricane Sandy has had a huge impact on millions of residents in the Northeast and has been posing major challenges for our organization.  Unfortunately, our Princeton, New Jersey headquarters had been without power since Monday 10/29.

I am happy to now report that we have just restored power.  Our servers and IT infrastructure are now fully operational, so you can now enjoy full access to our services — including log-in, book searching and ordering, device management, etc.

Along with online services, we also are resuming our normal hours for member support, operating Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 8:00 pm EST. If you have any questions, you can reach us at 800.221.4792 or and we will respond as quickly as we are able.

I apologize for any inconvenience this outage may have caused and I appreciate the many messages of support and encouragement that were sent to us this week by members and friends all over the country.

 Best regards,

 Andrew Friedman

President and CEO