Universal Low Vision Aids, Inc.1350 W. 5th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43212
Products distributed by Universal Low Vision Aids, Inc. (listed alphabetically)
BRAILLE SENSE PLUS
The Braille Sense Plus is a braille notetaker, word processor, personal digital assistant (PDA), and Daisy book player designed for use by individuals who are blind. This unit has a Perkins-style braille keyboard and a 32-cell braille display. It offers 8 gigabytes (GB) of flash memory, Ethernet and Bluetooth connectivity, a built-in speaker with stereo earphone jack, a built-in microphone with stereo microphone jack, two USB ports, and an SD slot. The Braille Sense Plus can be used to create, edit, read, and print documents; send and receive e-mail; access the Internet and download files; participate in a live chat; play Daisy-format books; and create and manage an address book and personal schedule. Other features include a calendar, clock, calculator, and online help. Supported languages include English (US), English (UK), German, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Polish, Swedish, Arabic, Korean, and Japanese. POWER: Uses rechargeable and detachable battery. DIMENSIONS (HxWxD): 1.5 x 9.8 X 5 inches. WEIGHT: 2 pounds.
The BrailleConnect 12 is a braille display and braille keyboard designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This unit has 12 refreshable Braille cells and can be used to read and write text messages and operate a mobile phone or a personal digital assistant (PDA) or notetaker. DIMENSIONS (HxLxW): 1.7 x 8.1 x 13.0 centimeters.
Clarity Rio is a video magnifier designed for use by individuals with low vision. This portable, lightweight unit has a video magnification camera and a high contrast widescreen liquid crystal display (LCD) screen. It has five display modes (color, black and white, inverse, yellow on blue, and black on yellow). The magnification range is 10x to 18x. A camera mouse attaches to the unit for reading mail, menus, newspapers, or publications. A carrying case is included. POWER: Uses rechargeable battery or alternating current (AC) adapter (included). DIMENSIONS: 6 x 7 inches when folded. The LCD viewing screen is 7 inches. WEIGHT: 1.5 pounds. WARRANTY: Lifetime warranty (one year for internal batteries).
The ClearNote+ is a portable video magnifier designed for use by individuals who have low vision. Depending upon screen size, this unit can provide continuous magnification from 1.7x to 57x and the three-in-one camera enable near, self, and distance viewing. The camera enables the user to view a white board during a meeting, take notes from a lecture, or read printed reports while simultaneously accessing information on a personal computer. In addition, an 18x optical zoom enhances functionality and image quality. This unit has Always-In-Focus technology designed to ensure crisp, clear focus on every image, which can be viewed in full color, black and white, reverse, and semi-color high-contrast viewing modes. Picture-In-Picture software enables the viewing window to be positioned anywhere on the computer screen. This magnifier also offers line markers and text windows, as well as compatibility with ZoomText and SuperNova (not included; see separate entries). Other features include the ability to save the displayed screen and to integrate with a laptop or VGA monitor through USB and VGA connections. A carrying case is included. POWER: Uses four-hour internal rechargeable battery (included). COMPATIBILITY: For use with IBM and compatible personal computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit) and USB port. WEIGHT: 5.6 pounds. WARRANTY: Two-year warranty.
The Compact+ is a portable video magnifier designed for use by individuals with low vision. This magnifier can be used to read price labels, maps, bus schedules, directions, and menus. It has a color TFT screen with up to 10X magnification in full color, reverse color, black and white, blue and yellow, black and yellow, and other foreground and background color combinations. It has freeze frame functionality. The camera is positioned at the center of the screen. It comes with a carrying case and a retractable hand grip. POWER: Uses a three-hour rechargeable battery. DIMENSIONS: 4.3-inch screen. WEIGHT: 10 ounces.
The Eye-Pal is an optical character recognition device designed for use by individuals who are blind or deaf blind. This portable USB scanner/reader connects to a computer and instantly converts printed material into speech, text files, or refreshable Braille (when used with a Braille display from manufacturers such as Freedom Scientific, Optelec, or Handytech). The unit has two lightweight legs that pivot into an L-shaped arrangement from their compact carrying position. This securely supports the unit so its scanning camera can obtain a clear image of the material to be read. It also serves as a tactile guide for users to position the material to be scanned. The unit's motion detector can scan up to 20 pages per minute in a bound book as the user turns a page, waits for the shutter sound, and turns the page again. A single keystroke can start or stop scanning or reading. Text can be saved as a text file for future editing. The unit can also describe a page layout as a sighted person sees it. The Eye-Pal reads in a male or female voice. COMPATIBILITY: For use with Windows-based PC or Apple Macintosh computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: For Windows-based computer, Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 7 operating system; 2 gigahertz (GHz) Pentium or equivalent AMD processor; 1 gigabyte (GB) memory; 1 GB free space on hard drive; USB 2.0 port; and DVD drive for installation. For Apple Macintosh computers, OS X Version 10.5 or higher operating system; Intel processor; 1 GB memory; 2 GB free space on hard drive; USB 2.0 port; DVD drive for installation. WEIGHT: 1 pound.
EYE-PAL SOLO LV
The Eye-Pal SOLO LV is a voice output reading machine and video magnifier designed for use by individuals with low vision. This low vision reading system reads aloud almost any printed material. The unit is composed of a rectangular base with a camera mounted on at the top of an arm that extends from the center of one of the sides of the base. Some controls are located on the side of the base opposite the camera's support arm, and there is a handheld keypad that connects to the base with a cable. When a document, book or newspaper is placed on its base, the Eye-Pal SOLO LV begins to read the text aloud within seconds, regardless of the page's orientation. Reading can be controlled with the unit's controls, or hand movements made between the camera and the material can be used to pause and start the reading without touching the buttons. Up to four pages can be saved. To be used for magnification, the unit must be connected to a monitor or television. When a document is placed under the camera, the magnified text appears on the screen in a few seconds. Magnified text can be highlighted as it is read aloud. Magnified text is wrapped within the screen, and the magnification level, color, brightness, and contrast are all adjustable. In addition, small objects such as hearing aids and medicine bottles can be magnified in three increments up to 12 times their size on a 19-inch screen to facilitate reading of their labels.
Flipper is a video magnifier designed for use by individuals with low vision. Flipper consists of a lightweight camera that sits on a rolling base, rotates 225 degrees and connects to any television. The user points the camera in the desired direction and views the magnified image on the connected television screen. Control knobs allow the user to change the magnification level and contrast. This magnifier can also be connected to a computer monitor, although additional hardware may be required. Flipper can be used for near, intermediate, and distance viewing. The magnification range is 6 to 30 times original size for near objects and 1 to 12 times original size for distant objects. Flipper magnifies in full color with auto-focus magnification and multiple contrast options, and can magnify images on any surface. The system includes a video cable, switch assembly, and power adapter. OPTIONS: Flippper Stand allowing the unit to function as a desktop video magnifier (see separate entry); carrying case. DIMENSIONS: Less than seven inches high. WEIGHT: One pound. WARRANTY: One year.
I.D. MATE QUEST
The i.d. mate Quest is a voice output bar code reader designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This portable talking bar code scanner provides voice identification of an item by scanning the item's bar code or Universal Product Code (UPC) label. It has a cyclone scanner that can read bar codes without exact positioning. As the user rotates the scanner around the product, it identifies the product and reads the product description aloud in a natural-sounding, synthesized voice. It comes with a database of nearly three million items with a wide variety of product descriptions. Users can add items to the database and record information about the new items or about existing products. Unlimited free database updates are offered by the manufacturer. The user can also record, play, erase, and organize messages in memo mode. There also is a "spell mode" function that provides spelling of names or information. Voice output pitch and speed are adjustable. The i.d. mate Quest's Wi-Fi connectivity and built-in camera offer extended ways for the user to gain information about and connect with their environment. It also features access to Google’s online database, online price check for items, currency identification, Skype video conferencing, international date and time zones, instant software and firmware updates, and an MP3 player. The unit has volume control and an earphone and microphone jack. This small, lightweight handheld unit comes with an adjustable around-the-neck lanyard; carrying case with strap; 100 pre-printed bar code labels; a 8 gigabyte (GB) memory card; and a user's guide on CD. OPTIONS: Additional bar code labels (tag, sticker, iron-on, dishwasher-safe), bar coded playing cards, nano router, headphones, memory cards, and extended warranties are available. POWER: Uses four high-capacity lithium ion batteries or alternating current/direct current (AC/DC) power adapter (included). DIMENSIONS (LxW): 7 x 3 inches. WEIGHT: 7 ounces. WARRANTY: One year.
IVEO HANDS-ON LEARNING SYSTEM
The Iveo Hands-on-Learning System is a package containing a tactile graphics display (IVEO Touchpad) and a braille graphics program (IVEO Viewer, IVEO Creator, or IVEO Creator Pro), designed for use by students who are blind or have low vision and their teachers. The system can be used to teach subject such as biology, health, chemistry, astronomy, math, or geography with a combination of touch, sound, and sight. Three versions are available: Iveo Lite, Iveo Creator, and Iveo Creator Plus. Iveo Lite includes the IVEO Touchpad, IVEO Viewer Software, and printed curriculum samples; it allows the user to view existing IVEO files but not to create them. IVEO Creator includes the IVEO Touchpad, IVEO Creator Software with drawing tools, and printed curriculum samples; it allows the teacher to create tactile graphics files which can be viewed by the student. IVEO Creator Pro includes the IVEO Touchpad, IVEO Creator Pro Software with drawing and conversion tools, and printed curriculum samples; it allows the teacher to scan printed graphics and create tactile graphics files.
The knfbReader Mobile is a cell phone, optical character recognition device, and voice output reading machine designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. The user takes a photo of the text to be read with the built-in cell phone camera, and the text is read aloud. An automatic viewfinder tells the user whether the entire document is in the photo. While the text is being read, the device can display the text on the phone’s built-in screen and highlight each word as it is spoken. The device can also recognize U.S. currency. Scanned text can be stored on a flash memory card, or transfered to and from a computer or a braille notetaker. Reading speed is adjustable. The cell phone is a Nokia N82 using a Symbian S60 operating system, with a built-in 5-megapixel autofocus camera with xenon flash. The phone has 40 megabytes (MB) free RAM, 50 MB free Flash storage, and a Flash card slot. Supported languages are US English or UK English. The device comes with polarizers for the camera and flash, and printed and on-device help files (braille available by request). OPTIONS: Voice output software for cell phone functions (Talks or MobileSpeak); GPS software; and phone case.
MyReader2 is a video magnifier and CCTV designed for use by individuals with low vision. This low vision reading system scans pages placed on its reading tray, then presents the text in a user-selected format on the unit's built-in liquid crystal display (LCD) screen. Text can be presented as a wrapped paragraph (column layout), as a continuous line (row layout), or one word at a time (word layout). Readers navigate the text using a control panel, without moving the document or reading tray. This magnifier can store up to 10 pages simultaneously and 3 reference pages. The text display can be set to scroll automatically at a user-selected speed. Other display options include contrasting color combinations for presenting text; a live mode for handwriting and other manual tasks; autofocus; and automatic image deskew (straightening). The MyReader2 also can operate in split-screen mode, displaying input from personal computer (PC) via a VGA input port or an external camera through an NTSC/ PAL input port. It also have a VGA output port to display an image on a separate computer monitor. The magnifier folds for transport. POWER: Uses 100-240 volt alternating current; 50-60 hertz. DIMENSIONS (HxWxD): 20.7 x 14.5 x 19 inches. The built-in LCD screen measures 15 inches diagonally. WEIGHT: 22 pounds. WARRANTY: One year limited warranty.
PCMate is a portable video magnifier designed for use by individuals with low vision. This magnifier connects directly to a laptop computer via the laptop's USB port. Incuded software allows the user to capture an image and view it in split screen mode on the laptop monitor. The system includes a camera, carry bag, stand, distance lens and remote. POWER: Uses laptop battery power through the USB connection (approximately 4% of a 72 watt hour battery). WARRANTY: Lifetime warranty.
PEBBLE PORTABLE MAGNIFIER
The Pebble Portable Magnifier is a handheld video magnifier designed for use by individuals with low vision. This lightweight magnifier can be used in restaurants, grocery stores and offices to assist a perron to read small print such as labels, prescriptions, price tags, menus and pictures. The Pebble Portable Magnifier features 2x to 10x magnification, a high resolution LCD display, adjustable brightness, tactile controls, six viewing modes, and a freeze image feature with capability to magnify. and comes with. A foldable and adjustable telescopic handle with comfort grip is also included. When not in use, the item is compact enough to fit in the user's pocket, purse, briefcase or schoolbag. OPTIONS: 3.5- or 4.3-inch display screen is available. POWER: Uses 2 rechargeable batteries with a standard AC adapter (included). The unit has over 2 hours battery life. WEIGHT: 7.7 ounces. WARRANTY: 2 year warranty.
Point It is a joystick mouse emulator designed for use by individuals with upper extremity or grasping disabilities. This USB joystick allows smooth proportional control of all mouse functions, including left click, double click, right click, drag and drop, and latching. The force required to activate the joystick is 9 ounces. The unit also has external switch jacks for users who require a larger target area for the left and right click. The unit comes with TypeMatic, an on screen keyboard program. COMPATIBILITY: For use n IBM and compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Windows XP. DIMENSIONS: 4 x 4.3 x 1.5 inches; joystick height is 3 inches.
TELETALKER (MODEL 040)
The Teletalker is a large button amplifier telephone designed for use by individuals who are hard of hearing. This phone enables the user to press a button to press a single button to activate amplification while providing a volume control for maximum comfort and clarity and comfort. When the handset is hung up, the unit automatically returns to normal operation, protecting others from unintended amplification. Other standard features include up to 55 decibels (dB) or high frequency gain, an amplification indicator that lights up when amplification is in use, a volume control which increases volume up to 25 dB, an enhance control which boosts high frequency speech sounds up to 30 dB, a flashing ring indicator, a 95 dB high output ringer with volume and tone, a redial button, large high-contrast buttons, dynamic signal processing to improve intelligibility, dynamic noise reduction to eliminate background line noise, and anti-feedback circuitry. WARRANTY: Five years
VICTOR READER CLASSIC PLUS
Victor Reader Classic Plus is a digital talking book player designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This player enables professionals and students to read complex and highly structured books like textbooks, reference works, and school manuals. It supports all DAISY navigation levels, including navigation by chapter, section, page, or paragraph, and allows placement of multiple bookmarks. The device also plays audio and MP3 CDs. It has variable speed playback with pitch compensation. A Key Describer function speaks the function of each key. The player has a built-in speaker and carrying handle. POWER: Uses integrated rechargeable batteries. DIMENSIONS (HxLxW): 2.1 x 8.2 x 9.3 inches. WEIGHT: 2.64 pounds.
VICTOR READER CLASSIC PLUS WITH RECORDING
The Victor Reader Classic Plus with Recording is a digital talking book player designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision or learning disabilities. This device plays digital talking books in DAISY format, with navigation by chapter, section, page, and paragraph. The player has variable speed playback with pitch compensation. Users can place multiple bookmarks and record spoken notes while reading. A Key Describer function announces the functions of each key. The device also plays audio and MP3 CDs. The unit is equipped with built-in speakers and a carrying handle. POWER: Uses rechargeable batteries. DIMENSIONS (HxLxW): 2.1 x 8.2 x 9.3 inches. WEIGHT: 2.64 pounds.
VICTOR READER WAVE
Victor Reader Wave is a digital talking book player designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision or learning disabilities. This device plays DAISY format digital talking books, as well as MP3s and music CDs, and includes variable speed playback with auto-pitch compensation. It has a compact clamshell shape with a telephone-style keypad and tactile zones to aid users in identifying controls, and includes both audio and visual indicators for reading position (book title and section headings), volume and speed, and battery level. DIMENSIONS: 29 x 148 x 138 millimeters. WEIGHT: 260 grams.
Voice Sense is a braille notetaker and personal digital assistant designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This unit has a Perkins-style keyboard for inputting information and synthesized speech for outputting information. It has a high speed processor with 1 gigabyte of memory, a USB OTG port, and SD and CF slots. Functions include notetaking, address and schedule manager, e-mail, voice recording, a Daisy talking book player, an MP3 player, an FM radio receiver, and wireless networking (LAN and Bluetooth). POWER: Uses rechargeable lithium polymer battery. DIMENSIONS (HxDxW): 0.98 x 3.6 x 7.4 inches. WEIGHT: 0.58 pounds.