The products listed in this reference guide are designed to assist people who have 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 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.
This reference guide is not comprehensive. Items listed are not distributed by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress. Their listing in this reference guide does not constitute endorsement.
If you are interested in information about portable magnifying devices, the NLS Magnifiers Devices Reference Guide contains descriptions of different types of magnifiers and information on where the devices can be purchased.
Table of Content
- 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 (OCR) Scanning Software
- Reading Software for Educational Needs
- Reading Machines and Scanners
- Contact Information for Sources
- Selected Internet Resources
Screen readers are software programs that convert text on a computer screen to synthesized speech. They come with a variety of voice options and languages. They may be built into the device or have to be purchased and/or downloaded. In some cases, they work in concert with refreshable braille displays.
JAWS for Windows (Vispero)
JAWS (Job Access with Speech) is a screen reader that supports standard Windows applications and web browsers. The software is available in seventeen languages and has voices to support thirty languages. JAWS is able to work in tandem with the screen magnification software Zoomtext. There are two versions: Home and Professional. Home is usable on the Home Basic or Home Premium Windows platforms; Professional is usable on any Windows platform. JAWS is functional with any JAWS-compatible speech synthesizer or a braille display. A free forty-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). Narrator supports most popular braille displays on the market. 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 most common web browsers and reading books in the Kindle for PC software. NVDA uses a synthetic voice (available in English and fifty other languages) and braille output. NVDA 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. System Access 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 desktop and laptop computers. (For details on VoiceOver for Apple mobile devices, see the Screen Readers and Assistive Technology Software for Mobile Devices section.) 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. It 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
The screen readers listed below are designed for a specific audience and have limited functionality or work only within a web browser.
ChromeVox Next (Chrome Vox)
The ChromeVox screen reader is 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 and is 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 at www.chromevox.com External.
Dolphin ScreenReader (Dolphin)
The Dolphin ScreenReader features human-sounding speech that changes pitch to alert users to locations on the screen and errors in their documents. This reader speaks letters and words as users type, allows users to hear different voices for different elements on the 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 sixty 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, or 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 (see listing under Voice Recognition Software) 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.
Below are screen-reading technologies that are included in popular smartphones.
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 can connect a braille 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
These screen-magnification software products can be purchased with or without the screen-reading function.
iZoom magnifies to 36x. It allows the user to control which part of the screen is magnified and to adapt the colors on the screen. It comes on a USB stick, which allows users to save their settings and take the software with them to other computers without needing administrative privileges.
Lime Lighter Low Vision Music Reader
Lime Lighter is software for a Windows tablet that displays magnified sheet music to musicians with low vision. Its foot pedal allows users to play musical pieces hands-free while scrolling through pieces. Users can type in musical notes and have them played back at different tempos.
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. Users can choose between twenty-four different color-contrast schemes. It has a bookshelf feature, allowing users to access books from NLS, NFB Newline, and Bookshare. It supports a range of braille displays and notetakers and can be used with multiple monitors at once. Three options of SuperNova are available: magnification, magnification and speech, and magnification with a built-in screen reader. A free downloadable demonstration is available at yourdolphin.com/products External.
Boundless AT: $1,195 (magnifier with screen reader), $595 (magnifier with speech), $395 (magnifier)
Irie-AT: Sells the software preinstalled on a laptop or desktop computer. Prices vary depending on the choice of computer and features.
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 up 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. It supports touchscreen devices such as tablets and can be used with multiple monitors. A free downloadable demonstration is available 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 is available from www.zoomtext.com/products/zoomtext-fusion External.
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.
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 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 and 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
Voice Control (Apple)
Voice Control software is available on all Apple computers running macOS Catalina. Voice Control allows users to dictate in any OS X app. More information is available at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210539 External.
Apple: Free with Apple computer with OS X Catalina and later
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 can be installed 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 computer to take pictures of the text and run text-to-speech. A license suite allows for interoperability of the app between devices that are not part of the same platform. 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 notetakers. 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.
Kurzweil Educational Systems: Contact for pricing
OpenBook works with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. It converts printed documents or graphic-based text into 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 downloadable demonstration at www.freedomscientific.com/Products/Blindness/OpenBook External.
Freedom Scientific: $1,000
ReadIt Software can read up to twenty pages per minute in twenty different languages. It can highlight words as they are read to the user. It can magnify up to 80x and users can change the background and text color for their desired contrasts. It supports most common file formats, so users can import documents to the software to be read. Users can also export documents they create using the software and export the sound files of speech rendered from a document.
Scan and Listen (BrightEye)
Scan and Listen consists of two components: Scan-A-Page and Scan-A-Word. Scan-A-Page scans a 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. It plugs into a computer or laptop to scan words onto the screen. 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 spellchecker, magnifies up to 5x, and supports up to twelve different languages. It has a 250,000- word dictionary and thesaurus and can highlight words, sentences, and paragraphs as it reads. Users can import images from other scans. It can also create MP3 and WAV audio files. Scan and Read Pro requires a Windows operating system. More information is available at www.readingmadeez.com External.
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.
Texthelp’s Browsealoud is a web access tool that is provided free to a website’s visitors by the site’s host. It allows users to highlight and listen to any text on the website, as well as translate the website’s text into ninety-nine languages. Browsealoud works in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Edge web browsers and can also be used with mobile devices. More information is available at www.texthelp.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 eighteen languages, can read any digital text aloud, and has a talking spellchecker. Users are able to choose from thirty-one 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 Educational Systems: Contact for pricing
Read & Write (TextHelp)
Read & Write uses a toolbar to assist users with reading, writing, studying, and research. It has a screen reader that allows users with reading disabilities to hear the text on the screen. Users can also highlight text and make notations. Read & Write can be used with 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.
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
TypeIt ReadIt is an open-source text-to-speech software that functions on both Macintosh and PC computers. It will read for users as they type and is able to read text to the user. It can save text as audio files for users to download on their preferred device. TypeIt ReadIt allows for color contrast of background and text. More information is available at www.schoolfreeware.com/TypeIt_ReadIt.html External.
SchoolFreeWare.com: Free (donation suggested)
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 thirty-one supported languages and fifty-nine reading voices. A demonstration is available at http://us.optelec.com External.
Eye-Pal SOLO (Vispero)
The Eye-Pal SOLO is a stand-alone scanning and reading appliance that requires no computer knowledge. It is operated by pushing a button or through motion detection. It is able to scan twenty 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. The Eye-Scan Plus model includes twenty extra pages of storage with page, line, or word reading options. The 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 a 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.
Guerilla Technologies: Contact for pricing and additional retailers
i-Reader 2 (Irie-AT)
The i-Reader 2 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.
MagniLink Voice 2 (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 weighs seven pounds and has a rechargeable battery that can hold a charge for up to five hours. More information is available at https://lviamerica.com/catalog/products/magnilink-voice External.
Low-Vision International: Contact for pricing
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, beneficial to users with low vision as well as users with dyslexia. More information is available from www.freedomscientific.com/products/lowvision/omnireader External.
Freedom Scientific: $2,495
OrCam Read is a small pen-shaped device designed for people who have reading disabilities or are blind or visually impaired. It uses a combination of artificial intelligence and laser targeting to accurately capture text on both paper and on screens. Users do not have to trail the device over the text itself. It can connect to speakers via Bluetooth.
OrCam: Contact for pricing.
Patriot Scan and Read (LS&S)
Patriot Scan and Read is a stand-alone flatbed 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
Patriot Voice Plus is 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, and go forward and backwards. It reads seventeen different languages and supports twenty-four voices. More information is available at http://northstateat.com/Patriot-Voice-Plus_p_161.htmls 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 can scan twenty pages per minute while simultaneously reading. It has a motion sensor to scan pages automatically. More information is available at www.freedomscientific.com/products/lowvision/pearl External.
Freedom Scientific: $295
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
ReadEasy Evolve is a stand-alone portable text-to-speech scanning and reading device designed for ease of use. It can read pages up to 11 x 17 inches, text as small as five points, and tables. It can automatically detect and read thirty languages. It has forty reading speeds.
Reading Pen 2 (Wizcomtech)
The Reading Pen is a text-to-speech tool for students who have reading difficulties. When users roll the pen over a line of text, 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_en External.
Readit Scholar HD
Readit Scholar can capture text from an 11 x 17-inch document in one attempt. Users can capture text from far distances and can read as well as hear the text.
Read Desk Camera
The Read Desk Camera is a foldable scanning and reading device that converts text to speech. Users can save the text from the scanned pages as TXT or DOC files.
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
A pen-shaped device that is used to scan lines of text on a page. Text is then sent to a mobile device using Bluetooth or a computer through a USB port. Using an app on the mobile device, the information is read aloud to the user.
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 twenty languages with male and female voices and 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. It can be connected to a television monitor to capture and enlarge the scanned image and have it read back. 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. It has special settings for currency, tables, and columns. Multiple languages are available. More information is available at www.guerillatechnologies.com/ultima.html External.
The Voxbox is a stand-alone reading device designed for ease of use for persons with visual disabilities. It has a remote control with just a few large buttons to allow for more intuitive operation. It is capable of reading up to fifteen different languages with multiple voices. It can plug into a monitor to offer magnification of the page.
Reinecker: Contact for pricing
The products listed below are worn over the face covering the eyes to either modify the user’s vision or transmit information to the user.
Acesight is a headset that uses a combination of augmented reality and magnification to allow users with low vision to see objects in front of them more clearly. When it is worn a shield covers the eyes. Inside that shield are two small monitors that display images in front of the user. It magnifies up to 16x and allows users to choose different contrast options. More information is available at www.acesight.com External.
Zoomax: Contact for pricing
Acesight VR (Zoomnax)
Acesight VR covers the eyes completely. A screen within the device displays images from the 48 megapixel camera in the front. It gives the user a 65-degree field of view. As with the standard Acesight, it allows users to change contrasts to suit their needs. More information is available at www.acesight.com External.
Zoomax: Contact for pricing
Aira is a mobile app that interfaces with the camera on the user’s smart phone or on a head set. Images from the camera are transmitted to a sighted staff member who provides descriptions of the user’s environment and objects in front of them. 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 pair of glasses with a camera mounted in the center that sends a signal to a device implanted into the eyes of a 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 External.
Wicab, Inc.: Prescription only, prices may vary.
EnChroma Lenses (EnChroma)
EnChroma Lenses correct for color blindness by allowing the wearer to see colors. The 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.
Envision is an artificial intelligence device that is accessible through an app or through a pair of glasses sold separately. The device will describe objects to the user, read text using OCR, perform facial recognition, and interface with a live person to help the user navigate their environment. The company does not have a US distributor, but consumers can purchase products directly from the manufacturer (price listed below is in euros) and download the app. More information is available from www.letsenvision.com External.
Envision: €1899 (approximately $2,140 as of mid-June 2020)
eSight 3 (eSight)
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 and comes with a headset, frames, a processing unit, and a carrier. More information is available at esighteyewear.com External.
New England Low Vision: $5,950
The EYE2 enhances peripheral vision while simulating natural vision. It gives the user a 45-degree field of vision. Users can set the default magnification level so the device automatic zooms to the desired setting. In the portal mode, users can magnify specific areas in their field of vision.
New England Low Vision: $2,995
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 user. Because it is also a smartphone, it can stream content such as films and television programs. Users can communicate with the device via voice commands. It can take still images of objects it is facing and has a built-in OCR component that reads text aloud. More information is available at https://irisvision.com External.
Jordy (Enhanced Vision)
Jordy is a wearable HD adjustable camera that autofocuses for the user. It allows the user to adjust the color and has a five-level brightness control. Its camera can be mounted to a stand and converted into a desktop video magnifier. More information is available at www.enhancedvision.com/low-vision-product-line/jordy.html External.
Enhanced Vision: $2,500
Mercury Vision is a virtual reality headset for users with low vision. It is capable of magnifying up to 22x and can perform text recognition for pages in a book or street signs. It has a wide-angle lens, giving the user a 96-degree field of view.
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 the operator to press the power button and it will autofocus 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. More information is available at https://nueyes.com/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 sunglasses. It can magnify up to 12x, has text-to-speech capability, and can scan bar codes. More information is available at https://nueyes.com/nueyes-e2 External.
New England Low Vision: $5,995
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 is available at orcam.com.
A mask that fits over the user’s eyes and magnifies an image 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.
4225 Executive Sq., Ste. 400
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Cupertino, CA 95014
800-MY-APPLE (800-692-7753) toll-free
5600 Apollo Dr.
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
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Huntington Beach, CA 92649
North American Corporate Offices
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Clearwater, FL 33764
Google Play Store
Independent Living Aids, Inc.
137 Rano Rd.
Buffalo, NY 14207
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.
Optelec US, Inc.
See Freedom Scientific
1115 Broadway, 11th floor
New York, NY 10010
12744 San Fernando Rd., Ste. 400
Sylmar, CA 91342
Online monthly magazine published by the American Foundation for the Blind 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 or 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 have low vision. Includes a blog, forum, user guides, and tutorials, as well as product reviews.
Closing the Gap
Lists and reviews assistive technology products for people with disabilities. It showcases assistive technology solutions through its magazine, webinars, and annual conference. Products featured include solutions for people who are blind, people with reading disabilities, and people with physical disabilities.
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 barriers that individuals with disabilities face, as well as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines for accessible web design.
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