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Laptop Computers and CCTV Video MagnifiersUsing 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

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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
Adaptability

Transportability

Bulk

Power

Cost

Increased reading speed

Increased duration

Reduced visual effort

Comfortable working position

Traditional CCTV Video Magnifiers
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Laptop Computers and the CCTV Video MagnifierUsing a Laptop Computer as a Portable Video Magnifier Display
resources articles
Resources Articles

Access World

www.afb.org/aw

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

Lee Huffman

Part 1, May 2006

Part 2, July 2006

Part 3, September 2006

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Plan
  • 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 computers
  • Video magnification could be helpful
  • Portable camera using notebook display
the concept10
The Concept
  • Multi-Task
    • Computer, read, write, see at a distance
  • Classroom, Conferences, In-Service Training
  • On-site activities; reports, forms, assessments
the concept11
The Concept
  • Software required is available
  • Image quality getting better
  • More resources/choices available
the concept12
The Concept
  • Video camera images with Picture in Picture (PIP)
    • Image capture software
    • Media Center programs
    • Input: Video in, USB adapters
  • Without modifications
    • Limited image quality and response
    • Powered cameras (AC)
      • Max, MagniCam, OVAC
      • Prisma, Flipper
      • CamCorder
the concept13
The Concept
  • Special modified software/systems
    • 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
the cameras
The Cameras
  • General
    • Existing CCTV video cameras
    • Analog camera
    • Modified, Adapter, Connector
    • Abilities and limits
  • Specific
    • Special design for function/task
power
Power
  • Computer system powered
    • USB
    • Percent of usage; 10% to 30%
    • Drain
  • Battery powered
    • Rechargeable
    • Run time, recharge time
    • Replaceable?
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Power
  • 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
  • Fast and powerful
  • Memory
typical requirements
Typical Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • 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
    • WinTV 2000
    • WinAmp
    • TV tuner, Media Center
  • Proprietary
    • Clarity Capture
    • Opti
    • ClearNote
    • Zoom Ex
software
Software
  • 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
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Software
  • Advanced Software Features
    • Visual Enhancement
    • Controlling Software
      • Mouse
      • Keyboard
      • Combination
    • Camera control by keyboard
      • Magnification
      • Modes, colors
      • Markers
    • Setting views/presets, windows, enhanced images
demonstration
Demonstration
  • Max USB camera
    • Win TV 2000 software
  • ClearNote
    • Optelec software
  • PC Mate
    • Clarity capture software
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
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The Considerations
  • User Interaction
    • Setup: space, technical
    • Camera mount if needed
    • Use of controls: ergonomics
    • Computer conflicts
    • Information gathering
    • Multitasking
    • Transporting
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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
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Distance Viewing
  • Camera aiming/tracking effort
  • Information gathering
screen magnification multi tasking
Screen MagnificationMulti Tasking
  • Typically, one or other, magnification on/off
  • Using magnification may enlarge video image
  • Video corruption
  • New compatibility with Screen Magnification Programs
  • Split screen
  • Currently Limited
  • New updates
dolphin products
Dolphin Products
  • Lunar, Lunar Plus, SuperNova
  • Compatible with a range of digital CCTVs
    • Optelec ClearNote
    • LVI Student
    • Ash Tech OPTi
  • May need upgrades
zoomtext
Zoomtext
  • ZT V9.04 update Nov 2006
  • CCTV USB compatibility
  • Split view allows simultaneous view of CCTV image and ZT
  • Need software update from CCTV vendor
  • 2 Vendors have implemented
    • Optelec ClearNote
    • LVI Student
  • Other working on it
    • Ash, Clarity, Optron, Synsupport
magic
MAGic
  • Toggle mode
  • Application specific settings
  • Live video camera compatibility is under investigation
the products
The Products
  • Beirley: ColorMouse USB
  • Clarity: PCMate
  • Enhanced Vision: Max USB, Flipper USB, Acrobat USB
  • Freedom Vision: OPTi Family
  • Optelec: ClearNote
  • ABISee: Zoom Ex
  • Optron: iStick
  • LVI: Student Addition
  • Homemade Configurations
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The Products
  • Beirley: ColorMouse USB
    • www.beirley.com
  • Clarity: PCMate
    • www.clarityusa.com/pcmate.htm
  • Enhanced Vision: Max, Flipper, Acrobat
    • www.enhancedvision.com
    • www.aroga.com/low_vision/cctv_laptop.asp
  • Freedom Vision: OPTi Family
    • www.freedomvision.net
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The Products
  • Optelec: ClearNote

www.optelec.com

  • ABISee: Zoom Ex

www.abisee.com

  • Optron: iStick
    • www.optronusa.com
  • LVI: Student
    • www.lvi.se
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
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 pcmate45
Clarity PCMate
  • Powered by USB
  • Requires 2 USB 2 ports
    • Sequence, setup
  • Remote control camera
  • Keyboard controlled software
enhanced vision max usb
Enhanced Vision Max USB
  • Max hand-scan color camera
  • USB battery pack
  • Rechargeable 4 hour battery
  • Win TV software
    • Simple
    • PIP, full screen
    • Picture snap
  • $1095.00
enhanced vision flipper usb
Enhanced Vision Flipper USB
  • Flipper camera
  • Desktop, intermediate, distance viewing
  • USB battery panel
  • Rechargeable 4 hour battery
  • Win TV software
    • Simple
    • PIP, full screen
    • Picture snap
  • Win TV software
  • $2095.00
ev acrobat usb
EV Acrobat USB
  • Flexible camera
  • Self-Viewing, Distance Viewing, Desktop Viewing
  • Automatic Memory
  • Up to 72X Magnification
  • Horizontal Line Markers
  • Rechargeable 4 hour battery
  • Win TV software
    • Simple
    • PIP, full screen
    • Picture Snap
  • $2495.00
ash freedom vision opti verso
AshFreedom Vision OPTi Verso
  • Desktop and distance
  • Magnification: 2X-20X, 80X digital
  • Built in 6 hours rechargeable battery
  • Keyboard controlled zoom
  • Keyboard controlled software
  • $2495.00
ash freedom vision opti lite
AshFreedom Vision OPTi Lite
  • Prism mini desktop design
  • Integrated USB 2.0 camera, battery, software
  • 4X to 40X magnification (~screen)
  • Near tasks
  • Manual focus
  • Relative distance Magnification
  • Weight 2.7 pounds
  • Built in 10 hours rechargeable battery
  • $1795.00
ash freedom vision opti mouse
AshFreedom Vision 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
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 clearnote54
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
ABISeeZoom-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-Organize
  • Zoom-Twix
    • Zoom-Frog (distance)
    • Zoom-EX
  • Zoom-Ability
    • Zoom-Office
    • Zoom-Twiz
innoventions pc primer
Innoventions PC Primer
  • Primer Camera
  • Software
  • USB powered
  • Reintroduced
  • Win 98SE/ME/2000/XP
  • USB 1.0 port or higher
  • Compatible with ZoomText !
  • Primer: $325.00
  • Software, adapter: $195.00
optron istick
Optron: iStick
  • New to North America
  • Desktop, distance viewing
  • Folding swivel arm
  • TwistCam ring camera
  • Control box
  • Exchangeable, rechargeable battery
  • Up to 3 hours
  • Video streaming capture
lvi mls student addition
LVI: MLS Student Addition
  • USB powered camera
  • Keyboard controlled camera
  • Keyboard controlled software
  • Dolphin, ZoomText compatible
  • Desktop, distance viewing
homemade designs
Homemade Designs
  • Commercial Software w/ adapter or video in
    • WinTV
    • WinAmp
    • Media Center
  • Video Camera; battery, AC
  • Limited Features
  • Lower Contrast
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
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
VendorsUSA

ABISee Inc. www.abisee.com

Bierley Associates www.bierley.com

Clarity Solutions www.clarityusa.com

Enhanced Vision www.enhancedvision.com

Freedom Vision www.freedomvision.net

Innoventions Inc. www.magnicam.com

Optelec www.optelec.com

Optron www.optronusa.com

video magnifiers uk europe
Video Magnifiers: UK, Europe

Ash Technologies

www.ashtech.ie

Foci

www.foci.nl

Low Vision International

www.lvi.se

New Vision Tech

www.newvisiontechnology.com

Reinecker

www.reineckerreha.de/english/index_english.htm

Targarno

www.tagarno.com

the resources articles
The Resources: Articles

Access World

www.afb.org/aw

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

the resources web forums
The Resources: Web Forums

Closing the Gap Forums

Video Magnification:

The good, the bad and the future

http://www.closingthegap.com/forums

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special thanks to
Special Thanks to:
  • Stephen DelTatto

Vision Dynamics

  • Doug Vesely

Adaptive Technology Consulting

bob mcgillivray
Bob McGillivray
  • robert.mcgillivray@carroll.org
  • bobmac@carroll.org
  • www.carroll.org
  • 617-969-6200 X229