The products listed in this reference guide are designed to assist people who have print disabilities in accessing printed information. They convert digital text or print into synthetic speech, braille, or enlarged text. Most items are available from multiple vendors, which are listed below the entry along with the price points at the time this publication was compiled. Contact information for the vendors is listed alphabetically in the Contact Information for Sources section.
Contact the companies to verify current prices, discuss product specifications, and learn about other products that may not be listed in this publication. In addition, many companies have special offers on their websites and free demonstration software.
Please note that this listing is not comprehensive. Items listed in this reference guide are not part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress, free library program and their listing does not imply endorsement.
- Fully Functional Screen Readers
- Additional Screen Readers
- Screen Readers and Assistive Technology Software for Mobile Devices
- Screen Magnifiers with Screen Reading Capabilities
- Voice Recognition Software
- Optical Character Recognition Scanning Software
- Reading Software for Educational Needs
- Reading Machines and Scanners
- Portable Video Magnifiers
- Contact Information for Sources
- Selected Internet Resources
Fully Functional Screen Readers
Screen readers are software programs that enable individuals who are blind or visually impaired to access text and graphics on the computer screen by speech output, and/or braille output to a refreshable braille display.
JAWS for Windows (Vispero)
JAWS (Job Access with Speech) is a screen reader that supports standard Windows applications and web browsers. The software has a library of 17 languages. JAWS is able to work in tandem with the screen magnification software MAGic and Zoomtext. There are two versions: Home and Professional. Professional can be used on any Windows platform, and Home can be used on the Home Basic or Home Premium Windows platforms. JAWS can be used with any JAWS-compatible speech synthesizer or a braille display. A free 40-minute demonstration version is available for download at www.freedomscientific.com/jaws External.
Freedom Scientific: $1,000 (Home), $1,200 (Professional)
Narrator is a screen reader built into all current versions of the Windows operating system. It reads aloud the text that appears on your screen and describes your desktop and any windows you have open. Users can choose from three voices that read aloud what you type and announce events that happen on the screen (such as dialog boxes that appear). Using Artificial Intelligence, Narrator is able to identify images and graphics for the user. More information about Narrator, as well as other accessibility features on Microsoft Windows, can be found at www.microsoft.com/enable External.
Microsoft: Free with all Windows operating systems
NVDA–Non-Visual Desktop Access (NV Access)
NVDA is a free open-source screen reader for Microsoft Windows computers. NVDA provides support for web browsers, chat programs, and Microsoft Office programs, including Word and Excel. Supports reading books in the Kindle for PC software, and Microsoft Edge. NVDA uses a synthetic voice (available in English and 50 languages) and braille output and has the ability to run from a USB drive or other portable media. NVDA is available for download at www.nvaccess.org/download External.
NV Access: Free (donation suggested)
System Access (Serotek)
System Access is a screen reader that works on Windows-based computers with Microsoft Office applications, as well as Internet browsers and social networking applications (such as Skype). Two versions are available: System Access Standalone and System Access Mobile. Allows for free download of software updates. More information about System Access is available at www.serotek.com/systemaccess External.
Serotek: $399 (Standalone), $499 (Mobile); monthly plan available
Apple’s VoiceOver is a screen reader platform that comes standard with Macintosh operating systems for computers and mobile devices. It uses keyboard and track pad gestures to control the computer and a built-in voice to adjust the rate, pitch, and volume of the speech based on the context of the content being spoken. VoiceOver features plug-and-play support for refreshable braille displays. Has the capability to detect languages and switch dialects without the need for the user to do so themselves. In addition, there is an on-screen braille panel for sighted teachers or parents. More information about VoiceOver is available at www.apple.com/accessibility/osx/voiceover External.
Apple: Free with all devices that run Mac OS X or later
Additional Screen Readers
ChromeVox (Chrome Vox)
ChromeVox is a screen reader built into all Google Chromebook computers and supports refreshable braille displays. It features a caption panel at the top of the screen that displays text and braille. It has a menu that lists all keystroke commands, which is also clickable for a mouse user, and a variety of different sounds for various icons on the screen. More information and a free download are available www.chromevox.com External.
Dolphin Guide and Guide HandsFree (Dolphin)
Dolphin Guide works with Windows-based computers. It is a talking software for people who are blind or partially sighted and who are also new to computers. Guide HandsFree is made for people who are unable to press single buttons on a keyboard because of physical impairments. Guide HandsFree allows users to dictate directly to the computer as it responds by speech and on screen. It must be purchased with a packaged computer bundle and requires the use of Dragon NaturallySpeaking dictation software. A free demonstration is available for download at yourdolphin.com/demos External.
Adaptive Technology Resources: from $795 (Dolphin Guide)
Dolphin Computer Access Inc.: $795
EVAS: $795 (Dolphin Guide; contact for pricing of computer bundle for Guide HandsFree)
Florida Reading & Vision Technology: $795 (Dolphin Guide)
Dolphin ScreenReader (Dolphin)
Dolphin ScreenReader features human-sounding speech that changes pitch to alert users to locations on the screen and when there are errors in their documents. This reader speaks letters and words as users type, allows users to hear different voices for different elements on a screen, and has quick navigation keys for ease of movement between Microsoft applications. It features Item Finder for easier discovery of page elements, announces changes on a screen when they occur, and supports over 60 braille displays. Its Bookshelf tab allows users to access accessible reading materials from Bookshare and NLS. More information is available from https://yourdolphin.com/products/individuals/screen-reader External.
GuideConnect is designed to be used by older adults with limited computer skills to access the Internet, check email, listen to the radio, and read books. It is designed to accommodate further degenerating vision with both screen magnification and voice features. It can be used on a standard computer, a television monitor, and a tablet. More information is available at https://yourdolphin.com/products/individuals/guide-connect External.
J-Say Pro (Astec Assistive Tech Solutions)
J-Say Pro allows Dragon NaturallySpeaking and JAWS to be used separately or in tandem. It allows users to create text on a PC using their voice through Dragon NaturallySpeaking, while reading notes from another source on a braille display or through text-to-speech. J-Say Pro also allows the use of JAWS commands as voice commands. More information about J-Say Pro is available at www.enablemart.com/j-say-pro-digital-download External.
Screen Readers and Assistive Technology Software for Mobile Devices
Google TalkBack (Google)
Google TalkBack is an accessibility app that aids users with vision impairments in the use of their Android devices. It speaks information on the screen and provides speech and vibration feedback to user actions.
Google Play Store: Free
VoiceOver allows users to access information on the screen of their iOS device through speech and braille output. With specific gestures, users can control VoiceOver to perform certain tasks, and it can also echo text input. Users who also use a braille display can connect that display via Bluetooth to read VoiceOver output through braille. More information is available at www.apple.com/accessibility/ios/voiceover External.
Apple: Comes free with most iOS devices
Screen Magnifiers with Screen Reading Capabilities
These screen-magnification software products can be purchased with or without the screen-reading function.
iZoom allows for 36x magnification. Allows the user to control which part of the screen is magnified and to adapt the colors on the screen. The USB edition of iZoom allows users to save their settings on a USB memory stick and take the software with them to other computers without needing administrative privileges.
MAGic allows for magnification of computer text and images up to 60x. It includes built-in color enhancements, as well as dual-monitor and remote-access support. MAGic with Speech features built-in voices that read the text on the screen or echo user actions. MAGic is available without the speech option for those who only require magnification. A free demonstration is available for download at www.freedomscientific.com/magic External.
Freedom Scientific: $600 (with speech), $400 (no speech)
SuperNova Reader (Dolphin)
SuperNova is a screen magnifier that works with various Windows-based computers to provide braille or speech output and magnification from 1.2x to 64x. It supports a range of braille displays and note takers. Three options of SuperNova are available: magnification, magnification and speech, and magnification with a built-in screen reader. A free demonstration to download is available at yourdolphin.com/products?id=1 External.
A.T. Kratter & Company: Contact for pricing
Boundless AT: $1,195 (magnifier with screen reader), $595 (magnifier with speech), $395 (magnifier)
EnableMart: $1,195 (magnifier with screen reader), $595 (magnifier with speech), $395 (magnifier)
IrieAT: $1,195(magnifier with screen reader), $595 (magnifier with speech), $395 (magnifier)
VisionCue: $1,095 (magnifier with screen reader), $369 (Magnifier), $549 (Magnifier and Screen reader)
ZoomText works with various Windows-based computers and provides a library of built-in (male and female) speech-synthesized voices to choose from. ZoomText supports magnification from 1x to 60x and provides viewing modes for full screen, split screen, window, or lens. ZoomText is available in two formats: Reader/Magnifier, for those requiring both magnification and speech, and Magnifier, for those who only require magnification. Supports touchscreen devices such as tablets. A free demonstration is available to download at www.freedomscientific.com/products/software/zoomtext External.
Freedom Scientific: $700 (Reader/Magnifier), $500 (Magnifier)
ZoomText Fusion (Vispero)
This is a combination of ZoomText plus the screen reader JAWS with its signature voice and key commands. More information available from https://www.zoomtext.com/products/zoomtext-fusion/ External.
Voice Recognition Software
Voice recognition (also called speech recognition) software uses voice commands in place of a mouse and keyboard to enter data into a computer or to navigate a website.
Dictation software is available on all Apple computers. Dictation allows users to dictate in any OS X app. An Internet connection is needed for OS X Mountain Lion, but is not needed for OS X Mavericks. More information is available at support.apple.com/kb/ht5449 External.
Apple: Free with Apple computer with OS X Mountain Lion and later
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium/Home (Nuance)
Dragon can be used with PC or Mac systems. Users can dictate commands to their computer and write documents using their voices. Dragon 13 and greater allows users to dictate immediately without training the system to their voice. Dragon offers speech output capabilities so that users can have text read aloud to them. The system works with most popular screen readers, such as JAWS. More information is available at www.nuance.com/dragon External.
Speech Recognition (Microsoft)
Microsoft’s Speech Recognition allows users to use their voice to work with Windows and its programs. It can be used to dictate speech and say commands that the computer will recognize and respond to. Has a library of seven languages. More information and a demonstration video are available at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/using-speech-recognition External.
Microsoft: Free with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 products
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Scanning Software
These software programs allow users to convert scanned documents into accessible text through optical character recognition (OCR). This text can then be read by screen readers or integrated text-to-speech software. The products listed here are specifically designed to meet the needs of persons with visual disabilities.
DocuScan Plus (Serotek Corporation)
DocuScan Plus is an accessible, Internet-based scanning and reading software that works on computers running either Windows or Apple operating systems. With the use of a scanner, DocuScan Plus can convert printed materials and PDF files into text. All scanned material is stored virtually in the Cloud and is accessible from any connected device. More information can be found at www.serotek.com/docuscanplus External.
Serotek Corporation: Contact for pricing
KNFB Reader is an app that is available on computers running the Windows operating system. It allows users to scan and read text using Microsoft’s built-in voices. Users who run the app can operate the camera on their laptop to take pictures of the text and run text-to-speech. More information can be found at https://knfbreader.com External.
Kurzweil 1000 (Kurzweil)
Kurzweil 1000 works on a personal computer in conjunction with a scanner to convert print and electronic text (including PDFs) into speech. Kurzweil can send files to audio devices or braille note takers. It provides document creation and editing as well as capabilities for note taking, summarizing, and outlining text. More information is available at www.kurzweiledu.com External.
OpenBook works with Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. It converts printed documents or graphic-based text into an electronic text and reads it aloud to the user. OpenBook allows users to adjust the settings to best meet the unique characteristics of the scanned document. Users can customize the appearance of the text on the screen, including font, size, character spacing, and background and character colors. Freedom Scientific offers a free demonstration for download at www.freedomscientific.com/Products/Blindness/OpenBook External.
Scan and Listen (BrightEye)
Scan and Listen consists of two components: Scan-A-Page and Scan-A-Word. Scan-A-Page scans a whole page of text and reads the whole page or any part of the page out loud from a computer word processor. Scan-A-Word reads individual words or sentences with a handheld portable scanner that can be used for books or magazines. It plugs into a computer or laptop to scan words onto the screen of a word processor. More information can be found at www.brighteye.com/products.htm External.
BrightEye Technology: Prices vary depending on purchase
Scan and Read Pro (Premier Assistive Technology)
This software scans and reads printed text out loud. It has an adjustable reading speed and talking spell checker, magnifies up to 400 percent, and supports up to 12 different languages. It can also create MP3 and WAV audio files. Scan and Read Pro requires a Windows operating system with speakers, a sound card, and a CD-ROM drive. More information is available at www.readingmadeez.com External.
Reading Software for Educational Needs
These programs target the reading and educational needs of people who have learning or reading disabilities. They incorporate special educational tools to assist in reading, writing, and studying.
BrowseAloud is a web access tool available to web users as well as website creators. When enabled on a website by the site’s developers, it allows end users to highlight and listen to any text on the Internet. The free end user version works in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari web browsers and is also available for use with mobile devices. More information is available at www.browsealoud.com External.
TextHelp: Free for end users; developers should contact TextHelp for pricing
Kurzweil 3000/Firefly (Kurzweil)
Kurzweil 3000 is available for both Mac and Windows operating systems. It assists users with writing, comprehension, vocabulary, study skills, and other educational needs. Kurzweil 3000 incorporates text-to-speech in 18 languages, can read any digital text aloud, and has a talking spell checker. Users are able to choose from 31 different voices. It also provides access to Firefly, an online tool that allows users to access Kurzweil 3000 tools from any computer with access to the Internet. More information is available at www.kurzweiledu.com External.
Kurzweil Education Systems: Contact for pricing
ReadSpeaker is an Internet-based screen reader that companies and organizations install on their web platforms. It reads the content of the website for users who have print disabilities such as visual impairments or learning disabilities. More information can be found at www.readspeaker.com External.
ReadSpeaker: Contact for pricing
Read & Write (TextHelp)
Read & Write uses a toolbar to assist users with reading, writing, studying, and research. Provides support for Google Chrome, Edge, and Firefox web browsers, as well as Google Docs, Microsoft Word, and Adobe Reader. More information is available at www.texthelp.com External.
WYNN Wizard (Vispero)
WYNN Wizard is scanning and reading software specifically developed for individuals with reading and writing difficulties. It includes OCR technology and speech synthesis so printed pages can be read aloud, and highlights text as the words are spoken. WYNN Wizard can also read word-processing documents, Adobe PDFs, text files, and web pages. More information is available at https://lsg.freedomscientific.com/products/wynn.asp External.
Freedom Scientific: $595
Reading Machines and Scanners
A reading machine is an electronic device that scans a printed page and, through an internal synthesized voice, reads the printed material aloud. It may also have the capability to save the scanned material for later use. Some reading machines can be connected to computers to allow for magnification of the scanned page.
ClearReader+ is a portable scanning and reading device that will convert print documents to speech. Options include the ability to save and open documents, speed controls, and volume controls. ClearReader+ comes with 30 supported languages and 63 reading voices. A demonstration is available at http://us.optelec.com External.
Eye-Pal Ace (Vispero)
The Eye-Pal Ace is a portable magnifying and reading device (3.5 pounds). It allows users to scan and save documents on the device and attach those documents to an email. More information is available at sales.freedomscientific.com/Product/900555-001/Eye-Pal_Ace.aspx External.
Eye-Pal Ace Plus (Vispero)
The Eye-Pal Ace is a portable magnifying device (3.5 pounds) that can connect to Wi-Fi and can communicate through email. It allows users to scan and save documents on the device and attach those documents to an email. More information is available at www.freedomscientific.com/Products/LowVision/EyePalAcePlusLV External.
Eye-Pal Reader (Vispero)
Eye-Pal Reader is a portable stand-alone scanning and reading device that can be used without pushing a button. Users can navigate through a book or document with arrow keys on a keypad or with hand gestures. This machine is lightweight and semi-portable (4.6 pounds.). More information is available at www.freedomscientific.com/Products/Blindness/EyePalReader External.
Eye-Pal ROL (Vispero)
Eye-Pal ROL is a portable, battery-powered reading and scanning device. It also allows users to set reminders, alarms, and other scheduling aids. Eye-Pal ROL has no wires or cables and can be used with headphones. The Eye-Pal ROL can store scanned text as JPEG, MP3, or text files and weighs 3.5 pounds. More information is available at www.freedomscientific.com/Products/Blindness/EyePalROL External.
Eye-Pal SOLO (Vispero)
The Eye-Pal SOLO is a stand-alone scanning and reading appliance that requires no computer knowledge. It is able to be operated by pushing a button or through motion detection. It is able to scan 20 pages per minute and save the audio as an MP3 or TXT file. More information is available at www.freedomscientific.com/Products/Blindness/EyePalSOLO External.
Eye-Scan (Guerilla Technologies)
Eye-Scan scans and reads printed documents and converts them to speech using AT&T natural voices. Currency identification is also available, and the scanner can switch between column and tabular mode. Eye-Scan Plus model includes 20 extra pages of storage with page, line, or word reading options. Eye-Scan Unlimited model has unlimited page storage and the ability to export audio as an MP3 file. More information is available at www.guerillatechnologies.com/eyescan.html External.
Eye-Snap (Guerilla Technologies)
The Eye-Snap is another text-to-speech reading device from Guerilla Technologies similar to the Eye-Scan, but it uses a camera instead of a scanner to capture text and convert it to speech. More information is available at www.guerillatechnologies.com/eyesnap.html External.
The i-Reader is a stand-alone scanning and reading device. It comes in two models: battery powered and plug-in. It has arrow keys to read forward and backward by word and up and down by line. The device supports multiple languages and can be plugged into a monitor, allowing it to function as a magnification device. More information is available at https://irie-at.com/product/i-reader/#1482354694627-4eff2a0e-b9f4 External.
Irie-AT: $ $1,849 (plug-in); $1,900 (battery powered).
MagniLink Voice II (Low-Vision International)
The second generation of a stand-alone reading device that is designed for ease of use. The camera for the device is collapsible, making it 10 x 3 inches when folded. The camera is on the same apparatus as the handle, so when the user folds the camera down, the handle sticks up. It comes with an attached remote with a large orange button that, when pressed, scans the page under the camera. It has a rechargeable battery that can hold a charge for up to five hours. Weighs seven pounds. https://lviamerica.com/catalog/products/magnilink-voice External.
The omniReader is a stand-alone scanning and reading device. Designed for ease of use, it is operated by the push of a button and reads the text of a screen to the user. It is equipped with a built-in screen that displays the text being read. This is beneficial to users with low vision as well as users with dyslexia. More information available from www.freedomscientific.com/products/lowvision/omnireader External.
Freedom Scientific: $2,495
Patriot Scan and Read (LS&S)
A stand-alone flat-bed scanner and reader that features stereo sound, simple-to-use buttons, a memory for more than 200,000 pages, 10,000 titles from Project Gutenberg, and an audio barcode scanner for organizing household items. More information is available at www.lssproducts.com/product/patriot-voice-scanner-and-reader/reading-machines External.
Patriot Voice Plus
A stand-alone scanning and reading device. Users place documents under the camera and use the controls above to have it capture the text and read it aloud. Users are able to play, pause, go forward and backwards. Reads seventeen different languages and supports twenty-four voices. More information is available at http://northstateat.com/Patriot-Voice-Plus_p_161.html s External.
NorthState Assistive Technology: $2,195
PEARL is a portable OCR camera that can be attached to a computer to scan and read the printed page. It requires Windows 2003 or a newer operating system, as well as Freedom Scientific’s OpenBook 9 software or later versions (see Optical Character Recognition Scanning Software). More information is available at www.freedomscientific.com/products/lowvision/pearl External.
Freedom Scientific: $795 (without OpenBook software included); $1,790 (with OpenBook software included)
RAVE II (Guerilla Technologies)
RAVE II (Reading and Vision Enhancement) is a package that includes software and a portable camera that can scan, magnify, and read the printed page. Software includes OCR reading, enhanced reading, low vision functionality (magnification), and book mode. More information is available at www.guerillatechnologies.com/rave.html External.
Guerilla Technologies: Contact for pricing and additional retailers
Designed for portability ReadDesk weighs less than 1.5 pounds and is able fit into a laptop case once folded. Using a computer, users can use ReadDesk to magnify the text on the screen and save the images. Users can also save the audio of the text as MP3 files. After scanning the document, users can use the software that comes with ReadDesk to highlight the words as they are read. The software also allows the user to select how the text is displayed on the screen, horizontally or vertically. Users can also use the software to change the background behind the text to suit their preferences.
ReadEasy Move 2 (Humanware)
ReadEasy Move is a portable, stand-alone reading device that can scan, store, and read aloud print documents. It comes with a detachable camera arm and a keypad with only six buttons for ease of use. It is able to read back to the user within several seconds of their initiating the scan.
Reading Pen 2 (Wizcomtech)
The Reading Pen is a text-to-speech tool for students who have reading difficulties. Roll the pen over the line of text to be read, and the pen will speak it aloud. The Reading Pen provides definitions, translations, pronunciations, and other functions. More information is available at www.wizcomtech.com External.
ReadIt Air (Humanware)
ReadIt Air is a portable camera that can be used with any computer running the ReadIt software. The ReadIt Air reads printed material out loud and also displays the scanned text, enlarged and in special colors or formatting, on the computer screen. More information is available at http://store.humanware.com/hau/readit-air.html?___store=au_en External.
SARA CE (Vispero)
SARA CE uses a camera to scan, recognize, and read text. Users can adjust the voice rate and volume as well as fast forward, pause, rewind, and spell out words. SARA can attach to a monitor and display on-screen text. It also supports braille output for refreshable braille displays. More information is available at www.freedomscientific.com/products/blindness/sara/ External.
Freedom Scientific: $1,895
Smart Reader (Enhanced Vision)
The Smart Reader is a portable reading device that allows the user to position the document underneath and have it read back to them. It can be connected to a television monitor to allow users to capture the scanned image and have it enlarged and read back to the user. More information is available at www.boundlessat.com/Blindness/OCR-Scanning/Smart-Reader-OCR-System External.
Smart Reader HD (Enhanced Vision)
The Smart Reader HD is a portable scanning and reading device that performs text recognition of documents placed underneath. It has 20 languages with male and female voices. It comes with large tactile control buttons for ease of use. Users are able to import and export the text of documents using a USB drive. More information is available at www.enhancedvision.com/low-vision-product-line/smart-reader-hd.html External.
Enhance Vision: $1,895
Ultima (Guerilla Technologies)
The Ultima is a scanning, reading, and magnifying machine. The system comes with a 17-inch self-contained monitor/CPU that can magnify up to 18x and has an OCR scanner and software. The package also includes touch-screen magnification and currency, and tabular and column reading modes. Multiple languages are available. More information is available at www.guerillatechnologies.com/ultima.html External.
Portable Video Magnifiers
These portable devices magnify text in a digital video format. Most run on battery power or can be recharged. Some allow you to save scanned text on the device.
Amigo HD (Enhanced Vision)
The Amigo HD has a 7-inch, high-definition screen. Its auto-focus feature allows users to focus on an image. It magnifies up to 25x. It has a built-in stand for users to place the device over documents. It has a video output to plug the device into a television monitor. More information is available at www.enhancedvision.com/shop/low-vision-products/amigo-hd-portable-electronic-magnifier External.
Enhanced Vision: $995
Butterfly (Zoomax USA)
The Butterfly is a pocket-sized, 3.5-inch magnifier that, weighing a quarter of pound, is designed for ease of use while commuting. Users can turn the dial at the top to adjust magnification. If users push the dial, the contrast on the screen changes. In addition, users have the ability to freeze the images on the screen. It is able to magnify up to 15x and has five different contrast options. For more information visit www.zoomax.com External.
Clover 3 (SightCare)
The Clover 3 is a pocket-sized digital magnifier with a 3.5-inch screen. It can reach 16x magnification with 10 different color modes. All of its functions can be controlled with a single button. It gives the user the option of receiving feedback through beeping. It features a foldable stand for writing. More information is available at www.sightcare.com.cn/products#1 External.
The Low Vision Store: $240
Clover 4 (SightCare)
The Clover 4 features a 4.3-inch screen capable of 16x magnification. It has 26 different color combinations from which users may choose and can plug into a monitor to show captured images on a larger screen. More information available from www.sightcare.com.cn/products#2 External.
Clover 5 (SightCare)
The Clover 5 video magnifier features a 5-inch screen that is capable of 20x magnification. It auto-focuses on text and objects to allow for seamless reading of books and other items. It has 26 different color combinations from which users may choose and is able to plug into a larger monitor. More information available from www.sightcare.com.cn/products#3 External.
Clover 7 (SightCare)
The Clover 7 features a 7-inch screen with liquid crystal display. It features an autofocus to allow for ease of use when reading text from a book or from a blackboard. It is capable of up to 16x magnification. More information available from www.sightcare.com.cn/products#4 External.
Ecare 3.5″ Handheld video magnifier (Visum)
The Ecare 3.5″ Handheld video magnifier is designed for ease of access. Its small design allows for users to easily place it in their pocket. It has TV output allowing for larger images. Battery life is up to four hours. It has four different magnification levels.
Magnifying America: $395
Ecare 4.3″ portable video magnifier (Visum)
The Ecare 4.3-inch video magnifier is able to magnify up to 44x with eight different display options. It has a battery life of 3.5 hours. It has TV output and users can freeze the images.
Magnifying America: $495
HIMS Candy 5 HDII (HIMS)
The HIMS Candy 5 HD features a 5-inch screen that is able to zoom up to 22x magnification. The handle allows users to switch between three different positions. The auto-focus camera is able to switch between handheld and standing positions. The camera can take snapshots, and users are able to save up to five images. More information is available at https://hims-inc.com/products/candy-5-hd-ii/ External.
Looky + (Rehan)
A pocket-sized video magnifier. Priced less than others on the market, the Looky + has a minimalist and intuitive design, a 3.5-inch screen, and only two buttons. It has five contrast options, weighs one pound, and has a retractable handle. More information is available at www.rehanelectronics.com/en/product/low-vision/looky-plus/overview External.
Irie AT: $249
Looky HD (Rehan)
Instead of knobs or buttons, users control the size of the magnification, and contrast, on the Looky 4+ wand contract by using its touch screen. The Looky comes in either a 4- or 5-inch screen with a high-definition camera. It is able to magnify up to 80x and has 10 different contrast modes. More information available from www.rehanelectronics.com/en/product/low-vision/looky-4/overview External.
Irie AT: $599 (4-inch); $699 (5-inch)
MANOTouch 4 (Reinecker)
The MANOTouch 4 is a touchscreen video magnifier—all of its controls are operated from the screen itself. Its 3.5-inch screen is capable of 20x magnification. It has an HDMI port for connection to an external monitor. Its freeze frame can capture up to 100 photographs from the device’s centrally placed camera. More information available from www.reineckervision.de/en/products/electronic-magnifiers-mano/mano-touch-5/ External.
Mercury 6 (Trysight)
Mercury 6 is a voice controlled, handheld video magnifier. It has a 5.5-inch screen and is able to perform full-page text recognition with speech. Users can capture images on the screen to view them closer. More information available from https://trysight.com/product/mercury-6-handheld-magnifier-with-speech/ External.
Mercury 8 (Trysight)
Mercury 8 comes in a durable polycarbonate case acting as a shock absorber if the device is dropped. It offers full-page text-to-speech using OCR and is capable of reading multiple languages. It offers access to the Android platform. It has a four-hour battery life and headphone jack. More information available from https://trysight.com/product/mercury-8-handheld-tablet-magnifier-with-speech/ External.
Trysight, Inc.: $995
Mercury 10 (Trysight)
The Mercury 10 is a tablet device that has the option of operating on an Android platform. It is able to convert text to speech using OCR technology. It has a foldable stand so that users can read information from a stable service. More information available from www.trysight.com/product-page/mercury-10-handheld-magnifier-with-speech External.
Trysight, Inc.: $1,495
Mercury 12 (Trysight)
Mercury 12 is a tablet magnifier functioning on a Microsoft Windows operating system. It has a 12-inch screen mounted on a stand with a keyboard attachment. This allows it to function as a CCTV, or a laptop. Because it is a Windows-based system, it is capable of running all assistive technologies that a standard PC would use. It has iZoom magnifier/reader preinstalled and is capable of text-to-speech conversion. More information available from https://trysight.com/product/mercury-12-digital-magnifier/ External.
Mobilux Digital Touch HD Portable Video Magnifier (Eischenbach)
Mobilux Digital Inspection is 4.3-inch video magnifier with a high-definition touch screen. In addition to its magnifying capabilities, it also provides time and date information on the screen. It magnifies up to 12x. It also includes a 4 GB SD card that is capable of storing 75 images. More information is available at www.eschenbach.com/a73718d7-e0dd-464b-8e91-100fcb600c65/products-video-magnifiers-hand-held-detail.htm External.
Optelec 7 HD (Optelec)
The Optelec 7 HD is a 7-inch wide screen high-definition portable video magnifier with an autofocus camera. It has 16 color combinations and is able to magnify up to 30x. More information available from https://us.optelec.com/products/comp7hd-optelec-compact-7-hd.html External.
Optelec Compact 6 HD (Optelec)
The Optelec Compact 6 is a pocket-sized video magnifier. It has a 6-inch touchscreen where users can operate the device with digital controls. It comes in two models, with speech and without speech. Its speech feature uses optical character recognition to read the text the device is magnifying. It is capable of reading in 25 languages. More information available from https://us.optelec.com/products/compact-6-hd.html External.
Optelec: $895 (without speech); $1,295 (with speech)
Optelec Compact Mini (Optelec)
The Optelec Compact Mini is a 3.5-inch full-color screen magnifier that can zoom up to 11x. It has high-contrast viewing options allows the user to take snapshots. More information is available at https://in.optelec.com/products/compact-mini.html External.
Optelec: $295; contact for additional retailers
Optelec Traveler (Optelec)
The Optelec Traveler is designed to have the range of functions of a desktop video magnifier with the portability of a hand-held. The device is equipped with a horizontal bar that acts as a camera when placed on a document. It gives it the larger view of the page. Its screen is 13.3-inches wide and is capable of magnifying up to 30x. More information available from https://us.optelec.com/products/trhdus-traveller-hd.html External.
Pebble HD (Enhanced Vision)
The Pebble HD features a 4.3-inch high-definition screen. It is capable of reaching 20x magnification. It is able to freeze frames and has the ability to upload the images to PCs. Built-in clock and calendar. More information available from www.enhancedvision.com/low-vision-product-line/pebble-hd-hand-held-portable-electronic-magnifier.html External.
Enhanced Vision: $595
Ruby is a lightweight portable magnifier that has a 4.3-inch LCD screen. It uses AAA batteries and has a two-hour battery life (while in use). The Ruby can magnify up to 14x, and has five high-contrast video color modes. Freedom Scientific also has HD and XL HD models. More information is available at www.freedomscientific.com/products/lowvision/ruby External.
Freedom Scientific: $645, $845 (XL HD), contact for additional retailers
Ruby 7 (Vispero)
This 7-inch version of the Ruby is able to view objects at a distance and up close. It features the ability to pan on still images, giving the users the ability to scroll vertically and horizontally to see the image on the screen. The unit comes with a built-in reading stand, large buttons, 20 different contrast options, and four hours of battery life. More information is available at www.freedomscientific.com/product/lowvision/ruby7 External.
Freedom Scientific: $1,395
Ruby HD (Vispero)
A portable video magnifier with a 4.3-inch high-definition screen. It can magnify up to 13x magnification and 20 different color combinations. Users can take snapshots of the images they are magnifying and upload the images to a computer. More information is available at www.freedomscientific.com/product/lowvision/rubyHD External.
Freedom Scientific: $645
Ruby XL HD (Vispero)
The XL Ruby HD has a 5 megapixel 5-inch screen with an autofocus camera. It is capable of 14x magnification. It has a built-in handle and reading stand. Users can save 80 images, which they can upload to a computer. More information is available at www.freedomscientific.com/products/lowvision/rubyxlhd External.
Freedom Scientific: $895
Scene Eye 500 (Sight Enhancement Systems)
The Scene Eye 500 is a portable camera that is able to be connected via USB to a tablet or personal computer. Once connected, users are able to adjust the magnification of the image through an app. More information is available at https://sightenhancement.myshopify.com/products/sceneeye-500 External.
SmartLux Digital Portable Video Magnifier (Eschenbach)
The SmartLux is a handheld magnifier with a five-inch screen that is capable of magnifying up to 12x magnification. Has five different viewing capabilities: full color, black on white, white on black, black on yellow, and yellow on black. The magnifier comes with a stand that can be set at half-length or full length. A LED light assists with reading the content on other electronic devices, such as cell phones. More information is available at www.eschenbach.com/products/video-magnifiers-hand-held-smartlux-digital.asp External.
Snow 4.3″ (Zoomax)
The Snow 4.3″ handheld magnifier is capable of 16x magnification. The controls on the right-hand side of the device allow for one-handed use. It features 10 different contrast options for the user. The device allows users to freeze the images on a screen. It comes equipped with a stand. More information is available at www.zoomaxusa.com/snow.html. External.
Snow 7″ HD Plus (Zoomax)
The Snow 7″ HD Plus handheld magnifier features a high-definition camera that is capable of reaching 19x magnification. The device weighs approximately one pound and has a three-hour battery life. There are only five control buttons on the device for ease of use. The Snow 7″ HD Plus provides for distance viewing so that users can view text from afar. More information is available at www.zoomaxusa.com/snow-7-hd-plus-137.html External.
Snow 10″ Pro (Zoomax)
The Snow 10″ Pro features a 10-inch portable magnifier with speech capability. It is capable of reading 20 languages with the ability to magnify up to 19x. Users can focus the image of the camera themselves or set the device to auto-focus. It views up to 16 feet. More information is available at www.zoomax.com/low-vision-products/10-inch-handheld-video-magnifier-Snow-10-Pro.htmll External.
Zoomax M5 HD Plus (Zoomax)
The Zoomax M5 handheld magnifier features two high-definition cameras as well as a high-definition touch screen. It allows users to save up to 60 images and is capable of long-distance viewing. The touch screen feature allows user to control the device by swiping. It is also HDMI-enabled so users can attach it to a monitor or television set. More information is available at https://www.zoomax.com/low-vision-products/5-inch-handheld-video-magnifier-m5-hd-plus.html External.
The products listed below are able to be worn over the face covering the eyes and either modifying the user’s vision or transmitting information to the user.
Acesight is a headset that uses as combination of augmented reality and magnification to allow users with low-vision to see object in front of them more clearly. Users can choose different contrast options. More information is available at https://www.acesight.com/ External.
Aira provides a set of glasses with a camera fastened in the center that users with visual disabilities wear. The camera transmits images of what is in front of the user to a staff member who informs the user what they are facing. More information is available at https://aira.io/ External.
Aira: $29 per month (intro), $99 per month (standard), $199 per month (advanced).
The Argus II is a combination of a pair of glasses with a camera mounted in the center that sends a signal to a device implanted into the eyes of an end user with Retinitis Pigmentosa. Prospective users must consult with their medical providers to determine eligibility. More information is available at www.secondsight.com/discover-argus External.
Second Sight: Contact for pricing
Brainport (Wicab, Inc)
The BrainPort V100 is a headset that blind users wear that features a camera and a strip that users place on their tongues. The camera will send a tactile image of what the camera sees and send electro stimulation to the tongue. More information is available at www.wicab.com/brainport-v100 External.
Wicab, Inc: Prescription only, prices may vary.
EnChroma Lenses (EnChroma)
EnChroma Lenses correct for colorblindness by allowing the wearer to see colors. EnChroma sells several different frames to fit with the lenses. Their lenses fit a variety of frames and offer 100 percent UVA protection. More information is available at http://enchroma.com External.
EnChroma: Prices vary depending on the frames purchased.
eSight is a set of glasses with a high-definition camera that delivers real-time video images to the user. It includes several different modes of viewing, which may be adjusted by the viewer, and comes with a headset, frames, a processing unit, and a carrier. More information is available at esighteyewear.com External..
eSight: Prescription only, prices may vary.
The IrisVision is a virtual reality headset with a Samsung smartphone mount. It uses the phone’s camera to project a clearer field of vision to the end user. Because it is also a smartphone, it can also stream content such as films and television programs to the user. Users can also communicate with the device via voice commands, and it can take still images of objects it is facing. It also has a built-in OCR component so users can have it read text aloud to them. More information is available at https://irisvision.com External.
Jordy (Enhanced Vision)
Jody is a wearable HD adjustable camera that autofocuses for the user. It allows for the user to adjust the color and has a five-level brightness control. Its camera can be mounted to a stand, thereby converting it into a desktop video magnifier. More information is available at www.enhancedvision.com/low-vision-product-line/jordy.html External.
Enhanced Vision: $3,620
NuEyes e2 Low Vision Glasses (NuEyes)
The NuEyes e2 is a virtual reality headset with a small camera placed in the center. Designed for ease of use, it only requires for the operators to press the power button and it will auto-focus on an image. When users want to make adjustments, there are only three controls to remember. It has a 101 degree field of view and magnifies up to 18x. It is also equipped with text-to-speech to read words in front of the user to them. More information is available at https://nueyes.com/products/nueyes-e2 External.
New England Low Vision: $2,795
Smaller than other wearable magnifiers, the NewEyes pro is a voice-activated wearable visual prosthetic for users with low vision. Less conspicuous than other wearable magnifiers, the device looks like a pair of standard sun glasses. It can magnify up to 12x, has text-to-speech capability, and can scan bar codes. More information is available at https://nueyes.com/products/nueyes-e2 External.
OrCam is a small camera that mounts on the frame of glasses. The user looks at text and uses a pointing gesture or button attached to their waist to operate the camera. The camera then converts the text into speech. The speech is directed to the user through a bone-conducting headset. OrCam has two models: MyEye and MyReader. MyEye, in addition to having the ability to read text, can read barcodes and is programmable to recognize faces. More information at orcam.com External.
A mask that fits over the user’s eyes and magnifies the image for them using virtual reality. It has built-in OCR technology that will read captured text to the user as they are viewing it and allows them to adjust the brightness of the images and the magnification level.
Contact Information for Sources
Adaptive Technology Resources
1350 14th Ave., Ste. 3
Grafton, WI 53024
(262) 375-6777 fax
4225 Executive Sq., Ste. 400
La Jolla, CA 92037
One Apple Park Way
Cupertino, CA 95014
800-MY-APPLE (800-692-7753) toll-free
Ash Technologies Ltd.
B5, M7 Business Park
Naas, Co Kildare
Beyond Sight, Inc.
5650 S. Windermere St.
Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 795-6425 fax
5600 Apollo Dr.
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
2560 9th St. #213b
Berkeley, CA 94710
5882 Machine Dr.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(714) 374-1821 fax
22516 Breakwater Way
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
EVAS (Electronic Vision Access Solutions)
39 Canal St.
PO Box 371
Westerly, RI 02891
800-872-3827 (800-USA-EVAS) toll-free
(401) 596-3979 fax
(401) 596-3500 TTY
Florida Reading & Vision Technology, Inc.
Lighthouse of Broward County
Oakland Park Forum
2880 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Ste. 104
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
North American Corporate Offices
17757 US Hwy. 19 N, Ste. 560
Clearwater, FL 33764
(727) 803-8001 fax
Google Play Store
Independent Living Aids, Inc.
137 Rano Rd.
Buffalo, NY 14207
(516) 937-3906 fax
PO Box 248
Garrett, IN 46738-0248
(215) 780-1781 fax
42 Executive Blvd.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
(631) 752-0521 information
800-522-6294 toll-free orders
(631) 752-0689 fax
(631) 752-0738 TTY
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052-6399
800-642-7676 (800-MICROSOFT) toll-free
800-936-5900 toll-free disability answer desk
New England Low Vision
799 W. Boylston St.
Worcester, MA 01606
NorthState Assistive Technology
PO Box 2112
Paradise, CA. 95967
Nuance Communications, Inc.
1 Wayside Rd.
Burlington, MA 01803
(781) 565-5001 fax
Optelec US, Inc.
See Freedom Scientific
100 Church St., Ste. 800
New York, NY 10007
(Eastern U.S. Office)
16 Chestnut St., Ste. 102
Foxboro, MA 02035, USA
(857) 214 4013
(Western U.S. Office)
2635 North 1st St., Ste. 118
San Jose, CA 95134
(408) 914 2710
13 Branch St., Ste. 205
Methuen, MA 01844
Selected Internet Resources
Able Data (info)
Funded by federal agencies that provide direct aid to people with disabilities, AbleData provides a searchable database for assistive technology for consumers. Their mission is to provide impartial information about assistive technology products so purchasers can make better informed choices.
AccessWorld is an online monthly magazine published by the American Foundation for the Blind, which includes reviews of assistive technology products and other articles of general technological interest for people who are blind or visually impaired.
Adaptive Computer Products
Includes links to computer-access software, input devices (keyboards, pointing devices, eye-control, switches), augmentative communication devices, speech recognition/voice controlled systems, products for people who are blind and visually impaired, possible funding sources, and low-cost, assistive-technology programs.
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Assistive Technology
Includes information about optical character recognition systems, speech systems, AFB product evaluations, and more.
Provides information, tips, and support for Apple product users who are blind or low-vision. Includes a blog, forum, user guides, and tutorials, as well as product reviews.
AssistiveTech.net–National Public Website on Assistive Technology
Has a searchable database to find vendors of assistive technology products created by the Georgia Institute of Technology Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access.
Closing the Gap
Closing the Gap lists and reviews assistive technology products for people with disabilities. They showcase assistive technology solutions through their magazine, webinars, and their annual conference. Products featured include solutions for people who are blind, people with reading disabilities, and people with physical disabilities.
Fred’s Head Blog
Blog from the American Printing House for the Blind contains product reviews, tutorials, and in-depth articles, as well as general interest information for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
Top Tech Tidbits
Newsletter produced by Flying Blind, LLC offers news updates, product reviews and a forum for the reselling of assistive technology products.
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative
Describes tools and approaches that people with different kinds of disabilities use to browse the Internet. Discusses certain barriers that individuals with disabilities face, as well as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines for accessible web design.