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Laptop Computers and CCTV Video Magnifiers 2008Using a Laptop Computer as a Portable Video Magnifier Display

Robert McGillivray

Certified Low Vision Therapist

The Carroll Center f/t Blind

Mass Commission f/t Blind

laptop computers and cctv video magnifiers powerpoint presentation
Laptop Computers and CCTV Video MagnifiersPowerPoint Presentation

Located at:

exhibit area
Exhibit Area
  • Unique opportunity to see and compare technology
  • Review products with vendor
  • Ask competitor about products and alternatives
  • Explore other options
  • Get case studies, examples
increasing visual function
Increasing Visual Function
  • Magnification
  • Controlling lighting (brightness)
  • Enhancing contrast
  • Viewing skills
traditional cctv video magnifiers





Increased reading speed

Increased duration

Reduced visual effort

Comfortable working position

Traditional CCTV Video Magnifiers
Laptop Computers and the CCTV Video MagnifierUsing a Laptop Computer as a Portable Video Magnifier Display
  • The Concept
  • The Technology
  • The Considerations
  • The Tasks
  • The Products
  • The Concerns
  • The Review
  • The Trends
  • The Resources
the concept
The Concept
  • Most students use laptop/notebook computers
  • Video magnification could be helpful
  • Portable camera using notebook display
the concept9
The Concept
  • Multi-Task
    • Computer, read, write, see at a distance
  • Classroom, Conferences, In-Service Training
  • On-site activities; reports, forms, assessments
the concept10
The Concept
  • Software required is available
  • Image quality getting better
  • More resources/choices available
the concept11
The Concept
  • Video camera images with Picture in Picture (PIP)
    • Image capture software
    • Media Center programs
    • Input: Video in, USB adapters
  • General Use: Off the Shelf
    • Limited image quality and response
    • Powered cameras (AC)
      • Max, MagniCam, OVAC
      • Prisma, Flipper
      • CamCorder
the concept12
The Concept
  • Special modified software/systems Professional
    • More acceptable image
    • Visual enhancement features
    • Keyboard controlled
    • USB powered cameras
      • USB operation gives portability
      • Some drain on laptop battery
  • Requirements
    • High performance computer
    • High performance video card
the technology
The Technology
  • Video Camera
    • CCTV video magnifiers, others
  • Camera Power Source
    • USB, Battery, AC
  • Laptop Computer
    • Requirements
  • USB Interface/Adaptor
  • Video Imaging/Capture Software
    • Simple, Advanced, Complex
  • Transportability
the cameras
The Cameras
  • General Use: Off the Self
    • Existing CCTV video cameras
    • Analog camera
    • Modified, Adapter, Connector
    • Abilities and limits
  • Specific/Specialty: Professional
    • Special design for function/task
  • Computer system powered
    • USB
    • Percent of usage; 10% to 30%
    • Drain
  • Battery powered
    • Rechargeable
    • Run time, recharge time
    • Replaceable?
  • Built in battery pack
    • Part of camera, longer life
    • 4 hours to 10 hours
  • Auxiliary battery pack
    • Part of adapter, long life
    • Replaceable?
  • AC
    • Availability
the computer
The Computer
  • Laptop (or desktop)
  • Windows XP SP2, Vista
  • Fast and powerful
  • Memory
typical requirements
Typical Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Vista
  • Intel Celeron 2.0GHz (minimum)
  • Intel Pentium 4 1.6GHz (min)
  • AMD AthlonXP2400 or higher
  • USB-2 High Speed port(s)
  • 32MB Video RAM (64MB or more recommended)
  • 480MB RAM (min)
usb interface
USB Interface
  • Video to USB
    • USB Connector from camera
    • Video/USB Adaptor
    • Part of power pack
the software
The Software
  • Commercial/Off the Shelf
    • WinTV 2000
    • WinAmp
    • TV tuner, Media Center
  • Proprietary/Specialty
    • Ash Tech Opti
    • Clarity Capture
    • Enhanced Vision USB Bridge
    • Freedom Scientific Eye Merge
    • HumanWare Graduate
    • Optelec ClearNote
    • Zoom Office
  • General Software Features
    • Full Screen, resizable Picture in Picture (PIP)
    • Always on Top
    • Image Control
      • Brightness, contrast, color, etc
    • Viewing Window
      • Window size, position, image menus, views
    • Image Capture: jpeg, bmp
      • Storage location, method
  • Advanced Software Features
    • Visual Enhancement
    • Controlling Software
      • Mouse
      • Keyboard
      • Combination
    • Camera control by keyboard
      • Magnification
      • Modes, colors
      • Markers
    • Setting views/presets, windows, enhanced images
  • Size: base, arm, folding
  • Weight
  • Carrying Case
    • Special
    • Backpack
    • Laptop Case
the considerations laptop lcd displays
Thin, light weight for portability

Flicker free

High contrast

Good color saturation

Viewing angle (laptop, digital camera)

Video response rate/times:

Can be poor with moving images

Games, Animation, Video Magnifiers, Screen magnification

CCTV: low X, high reading rate

Trends: faster response/rates

The ConsiderationsLaptop LCD Displays
the considerations
The Considerations
  • Image Quality: Camera
    • Modes: B/W, W/B, HC, color
    • Range of magnification: low, high
    • Depth/range of focus
    • Ambient lighting: material, screen
  • Image Quality: Computer
    • Brightness level
    • Contrast
    • Image retention; static and moving
    • Processing display
    • Images of poor contrast material
the considerations27
The Considerations
  • User Interaction
    • Setup: space, technical
    • Camera mount if needed
    • Use of controls: ergonomics
    • Computer conflicts
    • Information gathering
    • Multitasking
    • Transporting/Weight
the considerations28
The Considerations
  • Support/Service
    • Warranty
    • Local Representation/Tech Support
    • Repair Centers
the tasks task specific
The TasksTask Specific
  • General use, specific use
  • Primary, Secondary, Supplemental
  • Portability: worker, student, personal
  • Multi-Tasking: compute, near, desktop, intermediate & distance
  • Reading, writing, inspection, info gathering
  • Specific Needs: Student, social worker, lawyer, music student, lecturer, translator.
distance viewing issues
Distance ViewingIssues
  • Information gathering
  • Classroom activities
  • Short term tasks
  • Image captures
  • Intensive board work, distracting
  • Magnification/distance
distance viewing

Distance Viewing

Area of View related to Magnification

Available Magnification

distance viewing32
Distance Viewing
  • Camera aiming/tracking effort
  • Information gathering
screen magnification compatibility multi tasking
Screen Magnification CompatibilityMulti Tasking
  • Typically, one or other, magnification on/off
  • Using magnification may enlarge video image
  • Video corruption
  • New compatibility with Screen Magnification Programs
  • Split view allows simultaneous view of CCTV image and computer image
  • New updates
dolphin products
Dolphin Products
  • Lunar, Lunar Plus, SuperNova
  • Compatible with a range of CCTVs
    • Optelec ClearNote
    • LVI Student
    • Ash Tech OPTi
    • Foci iDex
  • May need upgrades
  • ZoomText Magnifier, ZoomText Magnifier/Reader
  • CCTV USB compatibility
  • Vendor compatibility
    • Optelec ClearNote
    • LVI Student
    • Ash Tech
    • Clarity USA
    • Foci iDex
    • HumanWare Graduate
    • Others
  • Onyx PC Version camera
  • MAGic with Eye Merge Software
the products
The Products
  • An Example of a simple approach
    • Beirley: ColorMouse USB
  • Professional Products
    • Ash Technology: OPTi Family
    • Clarity: PCMate
    • Enhanced Vision: Max, Flipper
    • Freedom Scientific Onyx PC
    • HumanWare Graduate
    • LVI: Student Addition
    • Optelec: ClearNote
    • ABISee: Zoom Ex
    • Others
the products38
The Products
  • Beirley: ColorMouse USB
  • Ash Tech: OPTi Family
  • Clarity: PCMate
  • Enhanced Vision: Max, Flipper
the products39
The Products
  • Freedom Scientific Onyx PC

  • HumanWare Graduate

  • LVI: Student

  • Optelec: ClearNote

  • ABISee: Zoom Ex

the products40
The Products
  • Optron iStick

  • Foci iDex

bierley colormouse usb2
Bierley ColorMouse USB2
  • Simple color camera
  • USB 2 port powered
  • Fixed magnification (resize)
  • Simple video software
    • PIP
    • Video image control
    • Brightness, contrast, hue, etc
  • $597.00
bierley colormouse usb242
Bierley ColorMouse USB2
  • Inexpensive
  • Very compact
  • Powered by computer
  • Fixed magnification (resize)
  • No W/B, B/W (yet)
  • Limited software features
  • No Distance Viewing
ash technology opti verso
Ash TechnologyOPTi Verso
  • Desktop and distance
  • Magnification: 2X-20X, 80X digital
  • Built in 6 hours rechargeable battery
  • Keyboard controlled zoom
  • Keyboard controlled software
  • $2495.00
ash technology opti lite
AshTechnology OPTi Lite
  • Prism mini desktop design
  • Integrated USB 2.0 camera, battery, software
  • 4X to 40X magnification (~screen)
  • Near tasks only
  • Manual focus
  • Relative distance Magnification
  • Weight 2.7 pounds
  • Built in 10 hours rechargeable battery
  • $1795.00
ash technology opti mouse
AshTechnology OPTi Mouse
  • Near and distance
  • USB Adapter with built in 10 hours rechargeable battery
  • 3X to 27X magnification (~screen)
  • Weight1 pound
  • $1295.00
opti software
OPTi Software
  • Unique OPTi interface toolbar with keyboard control
  • Laptop or Desktop PC compatible
  • Fully adjustable image size horizontally and vertically
  • Enhanced positive and negative image
  • Choice of eight high contrast foreground and background semi-colors
  • Full control of video display parameters
  • Image capture and save facility
clarity pcmate
Clarity PCMate
  • Clarity camera
  • Capture 4.1 software
  • USB 2 powered
  • Requires 2 USB 2 ports
  • Camera mounts
  • Desktop and distance viewing
  • PIP, full screen
  • $2995.00
clarity pcmate49
Clarity PCMate
  • Powered by USB
  • Requires 2 USB 2 ports
    • Sequence, setup
  • Remote control camera
  • Keyboard controlled software
enhanced vision max flipper with usb bridge
Enhanced Vision Max/Flipper withUSB Bridge
  • Max hand-scan color camera
  • Flipper Camera
  • USB adapter/battery pack
  • To be released early 2009
freedom scientific onyx pc editions

Freedom Scientific Onyx PC Editions

MAGic Eye Merge Software

Image capture and storage

Masking and reading lines

Split screen features

Swing-arm (6 lbs)and Flexible-arm (4 lbs, 7 oz) models

Light weight

Cost: $2895.00

humanware smartview graduate

HumanWare SmartView Graduate

Distance and Desktop viewing

Fits in computer bag

USB powered

Camera and keyboard controls

2.5 pounds

Up to 50X

Image capture and storage

High contrast Viewing modes

Adjustable brightness and contrast

lvi mls student addition
LVI: MLS Student Addition
  • USB powered camera
  • Keyboard controlled camera
  • Keyboard controlled software
  • Dolphin, ZoomText compatible
  • Desktop, distance viewing
optelec clearnote
Optelec ClearNote
  • Desktop and distance viewing
  • 2.4GHz, USB 2 Laptop compatible
  • Advanced Software
  • 3X to 46X
  • Integrated 5 to 6 hour battery
  • $2695.00
optelec clearnote55
Optelec ClearNote
  • Ease of camera aiming
  • Built in Light source
  • Camera control positioning
  • Keyboard controlled software
  • Keyboard controlled camera
  • Dolphin, ZoomText compatible
  • Connectors
abisee zoom ex
  • Image capture, USB 2.0
  • Specialty software
  • Reformats text to fit screen
  • One page at a time, can be saved
  • Print magnified images
  • Magnification, contrast, image, navigation, color combos: software controlled
  • <1X to 50X
  • Live mode
  • $1695.00
abisee zoom ex family
ABISeeZoom Ex Family
  • Zoom Office
    • Zoom-Ex
    • Zoom-Voice (speech)
    • Zoom-Book (entire book)
  • Zoom-Twix
    • Zoom-Frog (distance)
    • Zoom-EX
  • Zoom-Ability
    • Zoom-Office
    • Zoom-Twix
optron istick
Optron: iStick
  • Desktop, distance viewing
  • Folding swivel arm
  • TwistCam ring camera
  • Control box
  • Exchangeable, rechargeable battery
  • Up to 3 hours
  • Video streaming capture
foci idex
Foci iDex
  • ZoomText, Dolphin compatible
  • Document and Distance Viewing
  • Image Capture
  • Folding camera
  • Windows XP, Vista
homemade designs
Homemade Designs
  • Commercial Software w/ adapter or video in
    • WinTV
    • WinAmp
    • Media Center
  • Video Camera; battery, AC
  • Limited Features
  • Lower Contrast
assessment factors
Assessment Factors
  • Evaluation of visual functioning
  • Response to low vision approaches
  • Analysis of tasks, task specific
  • Required performance level
  • Integration of systems
  • Training
  • Trial of system; speed, duration, productivity
  • Modifications
  • Provision
the concerns
The Concerns
  • Tasks
  • Setup: space, connections, sequence
  • Transportation: weight, size
  • Laptop integration: software, applications
  • User interaction: approaches, uses, trouble shooting, training
  • Multi Tasking: sequences, controls, reliability , concepts
the review
The Review
  • The Tasks ~ The Camera
  • The Computer Compatibility
  • The Power
  • The Software, The Features
  • The Image Quality
  • Multi tasking
  • Transportability
  • The Training
  • The Costs
the trends
The Trends
  • Continued changes, advances, innovation
  • LCD displays;
    • more common, smaller and faster
  • More Laptop compatibility systems
  • U3 smart tech USB Drives
    • Run software, save preferences, store data
  • Wireless cameras; Near and distance
  • Digital cameras/cell phones input/output
  • Electronic images and enhancements
  • Internet integration
  • Innovations from UK, Europe, Asia
vendors usa

ABISee Inc.

Bierley Associates

Clarity Solutions

Enhanced Vision

Freedom Scientific

Innoventions Inc.



video magnifiers uk europe
Video Magnifiers: UK, Europe

Ash Technologies


Low Vision International

New Vision Tech



the resources articles
The Resources: Articles

Access World

Is That for Here or to Go: A Series on Portable, Laptop-Compatible Video Magnifiers

Lee Huffman

May 2006

Is That for Here or to Go: A Series on Portable, Laptop-Compatible Video Magnifiers, Part 2

Lee Huffman

July 2006

Is That for Here or to Go: A Series on Portable, Laptop-Compatible Video Magnifiers, Part 3

Lee Huffman

September 2006

product reviews access world
Product ReviewsAccess World
  • Identified areas for improvements
    • Documentation: print size, directions
    • Quality of moving text
    • Contrast in writing on lined paper
the resources web forums
The Resources: Web Forums

Closing the Gap Forums

Video Magnification:

The good, the bad and the future

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Laptop Computers and CCTV Video MagnifiersPowerPoint Presentation

Located at:

bob mcgillivray
Bob McGillivray
  • 617-969-6200 X229