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  1. 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

  2. PowerPoint PresentationAutomatic Download www.carroll.org/ppt/laptopcctv2006.ppt Large file PowerPoint required

  3. 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

  4. Increasing Visual Function • Magnification • Controlling lighting (brightness) • Enhancing contrast • Viewing skills

  5. Adaptability Transportability Bulk Power Cost Increased reading speed Increased duration Reduced visual effort Comfortable working position Traditional CCTV Video Magnifiers

  6. Laptop Computers and the CCTV Video MagnifierUsing a Laptop Computer as a Portable Video Magnifier Display

  7. 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

  8. Plan • The Concept • The Technology • The Considerations • The Tasks • The Products • The Concerns • The Review • The Trends • The Resources

  9. The Concept • Most students use laptop computers • Video magnification could be helpful • Portable camera using notebook display

  10. The Concept • Multi-Task • Computer, read, write, see at a distance • Classroom, Conferences, In-Service Training • On-site activities; reports, forms, assessments

  11. The Concept • Software required is available • Image quality getting better • More resources/choices available

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. The Cameras • General • Existing CCTV video cameras • Analog camera • Modified, Adapter, Connector • Abilities and limits • Specific • Special design for function/task

  16. Power • Computer system powered • USB • Percent of usage; 10% to 30% • Drain • Battery powered • Rechargeable • Run time, recharge time • Replaceable?

  17. 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

  18. The Computer • Laptop (or desktop) • Windows XP SP2 • Fast and powerful • Memory

  19. 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)

  20. USB Interface • Video to USB • USB Connector from camera • Video/USB Adaptor • Part of power pack

  21. The Software • Commercial • WinTV 2000 • WinAmp • TV tuner, Media Center • Proprietary • Clarity Capture • Opti • ClearNote • Zoom Ex

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. Software Menus

  25. Demonstration • Max USB camera • Win TV 2000 software • ClearNote • Optelec software • PC Mate • Clarity capture software

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. The Considerations • User Interaction • Setup: space, technical • Camera mount if needed • Use of controls: ergonomics • Computer conflicts • Information gathering • Multitasking • Transporting

  29. The Considerations • Support/Service • Warranty • Local Representation/Tech Support • Repair Centers

  30. 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.

  31. Distance ViewingIssues • Information gathering • Classroom activities • Short term tasks • Image captures • Intensive board work, distracting • Magnification/distance

  32. Distance Viewing • Area of View related to Magnification • Available Magnification

  33. Distance Viewing • Camera aiming/tracking effort • Information gathering

  34. 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

  35. Dolphin Products • Lunar, Lunar Plus, SuperNova • Compatible with a range of digital CCTVs • Optelec ClearNote • LVI Student • Ash Tech OPTi • May need upgrades

  36. 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

  37. MAGic • Toggle mode • Application specific settings • Live video camera compatibility is under investigation

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. The Products • Optelec: ClearNote www.optelec.com • ABISee: Zoom Ex www.abisee.com • Optron: iStick • www.optronusa.com • LVI: Student • www.lvi.se

  41. 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

  42. Bierley ColorMouse USB2 • Inexpensive • Very compact • Powered by computer • Fixed magnification (resize) • No W/B, B/W (yet) • Limited software features

  43. 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

  44. Carity PCMate

  45. Clarity PCMate • Powered by USB • Requires 2 USB 2 ports • Sequence, setup • Remote control camera • Keyboard controlled software

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. 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