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Acrobat HD Long Arm
This video magnifier provides a full color, auto-focus rotating camera on a flexible "long" or a sturdy "short" camera arm designed to enable users with low vision the ability to perform a variety of daily tasks more effectively. The Acrobat HD is easy-to-use video magnifier which is ideal for near, distance and self-viewing. Just connect the Acrobat system to any television, By rotating the camera, the user can read, write, groom and magnify images at any distance.
Acrobat HD-mini
Acrobat HD-mini is aPortable Battery Operated Electronic video Magnifier. With Acrobat HD-mini, view photos, read books and work on hobbies. Also ideal for distance viewing. See near, far and everything in between with Acrobat HD-mini. High definition allows you to experience vivid colors and contrast, giving you a beautiful crystal clear picture and vibrant display. Its small footprint and lightweight design provides true portability from the classroom to home and work. Acrobat HD-mini's 13.3" monitor will display crisp, colorful, clear and vibrant images in high definition.
Acrobat LCD 19"
This magnifier features a 3-in-1 camera for seeing yourself up close, reading, and distance viewing. The Acrobat LCD includes a 19" monitor with up to 82x adjustable magnification. The camera is also detachable, allowing you to use it at various workstations.Multimedia
Color video magnifier with a long-range varifocal lens designed for use with an arm. Displays distant objects and close-up text with simple manipulation.
Handheld portable magnifier with a 6.5" tilting viewing screen. May be used to read price tags, restaurant menus, ingredients and directions.Multimedia
Aumax VGA
Aumax-VGA is a flexible and portable magnifying solution. It's equipped with a high quality camera unit and easy to use. Just point the camera at where you need to see, the Aumax-VGA will bring the image to your screen. With the Aumed Anti-Blur Technology provides clear, smooth and bright images. All-in-one machine for reading, writing, hand working and self-viewing etc. When connected to a digital projector or PC, Aumax-VGA is able to satisfy both personal and business requirements. Optional travel case with solid design, ideal for mobile applications. The Dual control panels on the top and bottom of the camera make it easy to be operated by either the left or right-handed users. Matching with All Screens of VGA Conectivity FULFILL INDEPENDENT DEMANDS Aumax-LCD can be used in different situations, help people to see the world and make everyday life much easier. The Aumax-VGA camera can rotate 270? vertically and 180? horizontally. The Control pad Access full function without touching the camera unit Find function Puts crosshair on the screen and zoom out to assist aiming at objects. Order Aumax VGA from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Aumed Image
The Aumed Image is a new handheld magnifier that offers you unsurpassed image quality and flexibility. With its high quality construction and ease of use the Image you everything you could want in a handheld. Unfold the handle to use it?s comfortable grip while reading or reviewing small print and pictures. When you are ready to write or slide the unit across material, simply fold the handle under the main body for a writing stand and perfect viewing angle. Ready to use the unit with a larger screen, just connect directly to a TV with its included cord to maximize your viewing area. Order Aumed Image from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
The 5.0" LCD HD handheld portable video magnifier. Specially design for low vision users. CANDY GRIP is ideally designed for you to read more comfortably to retain your independence whether you're at home, in a restaurant, in the department or grocery store or anywhere. This can be use as a Handheld or Stand Magnifier. Its unique, ergonomic 3-position handle is comfortably held in the center-balanced position, for right-handed or left-handed use. Alternatively, use CANDY GRIP as a Stand magnifier. Just pull out either the 20mm or 40mm leg set and CANDY GRIP operates similar to an optical stand magnifier. To view the display screen at a slight angle, pull out only one 40mm leg. Choose a comfortable reading size from 2.8x to 22x. Continuous digital zoom magnification easily increases or decreases the size of the text, photo or object being viewed. CANDY GRIP doesn?ft limit you to only 3 or 4 preset magnification choices as most other portable video magnifiers. The center-position camera makes it easy to know where you are reading. Large and conveniently located buttons are easy to find and press. All function buttons are located on or adjacent to the handle, including the Freeze Image button. The built-in rechargeable lithium battery recharges within 3 hours with the included AC adapter. Weighing less than 10 ounces, the CANDY GRIP is light enough to carry in your coat pocket or purse. You can read anything at anytime.
Compact 5 HD
Experience a revolutionary breakthrough in electronic hand-held low vision technology with the Optelec Compact 5 HD portable video magnifier. Features include: Continuous zoom: 1.5x to 18x times magnification. 8 megapixel High Definition and Auto-Focus camera for superior images. 5-inch full color TFT widescreen display with pocket-sized dimensions. 16 high contrast colors to reduce eye strain. Low vision large icon menu with the ability to customize settings per user. Ergonomic design with two reading positions. Innovative lighting system to reduce glare and light from glossy documents from magazines, price tags and displays. Snapshot feature with audio indication sounds. Rechargeable battery offering an average of 3 hours continuous use. Carrieing case and wrist strap (included). Order Compact 5 HD from The Chicago Lighthouse StoreMultimedia
DaVinci HD
DaVinci is a high performance desktop video magnifier (CCTV), featuring HD, text-to-speech (OCR) and a 3-in-1 camera. With HD you will experience high definition color and contrast giving you a beautiful, crystal clear picture and vibrant colors. Experience the joy of reading with this new text-to-speech feature. DaVinci will read any printed text aloud with the push of a button. The magnification and text-to-speech features make reading enjoyable again. The camera rotates 340 degrees. You can see near, far and everything in between. Easily pivot DaVinci's screen to provide a comfortable viewing position. Key features include: *Sony HD camera *24" high resolution HD LCD monitor. *Auto focus camera for self-viewing, reading or distance viewing (3-in-1 camera) *Text-to-Speech (OCR) reads aloud with Nuance software *Magnification up to 77x *Easy-to-use console with line markers *Reading zone preview with motion detection *8 viewing modes to optimize contrast and brightness *Slide mechanism provides flexibility for various camera arm positions *LCD screen easily pivots vertically *True mirror image in self-viewing mode *Memory setting for each camera position *DaVinci's monitor can also be utilized as a display for your computer *Connects to iPad (additional cables required) Order DaVinci HD from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Esight eyewear
Esight eyewear helps you to see again to read books, to see faces of loved ones and to more fully engage in your surroundings. It modifies whatever you are looking at to maximize the effectiveness of your remaining eyesight. This eyewear is a new class of wearable, electronic assistive technology designed specifically for low vision. It incorporates a high-resolution video camera and a bright, high contrast, ?virtual? display for each eye. eSight eyewear is personalized for you ? algorithms are programmed according to your eye condition and preferred activities. As well, your prescription lenses are built right into the Eyewear. No other electronic low vision aid is mobile, hands free, and suitable for near, far, and mid-range tasks. This device requires custom prescription lenses - a one hour evaluation can be scheduled at 3129973685 Order Esight eyewear from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Eye-pal ACE
Eye-Pal Ace is a portable reader and magnifier to help individuals who have difficulty reading printed text. Abattery powered device with cameras, controls and a screen are integrated into a single convenient unit. Easy to carry and easy to use.
Eye-Pal Ace Plus

The Eye-Pal® Ace Plus is a portable scanner, reader, and video magnifier in one lightweight, battery-operated device. The Eye-Pal Ace Plus also has a simple one-button, spam-free, email system to keep you connected. You can navigate your email with the simple controls or attach a voice message or audio labeled picture with the push of a button. The built-in WiFi connects to Bookshare and NFB Newsline so you can download books and access publications. Read your magnified books and publications or listen to them being read aloud.

Use our exclusive AudioMinder to set an alarm and get an appointment reminder. A pair of headphones easily plugs into the front of the device for privacy, and the ergonomic thumbwheels and tactile controls are intuitively located for ease of use. You can also upload your photos to a photo album with audio labels. The Eye-Pal Ace Plus weighs only 3.5 pounds, making it easy to carry and easy to use. Stay connected, informed, and independent with Eye-Pal Ace Plus.

  • Accurately and instantly scan, read, and magnify text
  • Built-in WiFi to download books from Bookshare and access NFB Newsline
  • Simple one-button email system
  • 10-inch monitor with built-in anti-glare LED lights
  • Use with rechargeable battery or AC power
  • Easy-to-use, lightweight, and portable weighs only 3.5 lbs.
Advanced Features
  • Create alarms and voice reminders in the calendar using AudioMinder
  • Save and share scanned documents and photos
  • Create photo albums and tag photos with voice labels
  • Connect a keyboard for easy text entry in emails
Flick is a portable, immersive, one-camera system that provides the low vision user with a revolutionary, multi-function system that is suitable for home, school or office use. Flick goes far beyond the features you have come to expect from a portable camera system as you'll see. It's compatible with any Windows or Mac operating system. Flick is the first immersive camera system that works with touch screen technology. You can use Flick with a tablet, a touch screen computer or your computer's mouse pad. The camera can be utilized with a laptop, desktop or any other sized LCD monitor.This is the first one-camera system that provides the user with interactive, selective OCR text-to-speech, magnification at distance and near and pre-loaded iZoom magnification and reader software. The Flick electronic magnifier represents a significant paradigm shift with the way that electronic magnifiers can be used. Its successful integration with touchscreen technology incorporates easy to use gestures that allow you to carry out complex tasks with relative ease.
CCTV that is laptop compatible, has a rotating camera that allows for near and distance viewing, and has the ability to take a "picture" of an image and save it to the computer. Can also be connected to a computer or VGA monitor.
Liberty Scholar
Portable, 12" flat-panel monitor with mouse camera and top-mounted pan, tilt, and zoom distance camera.
Liberty Scholar 2
The Liberty Scholar 2 is a portable video magnifier with both near and distance viewing capabilities which enable the user to read, write and view distance objects. Function buttons include overview mode, freeze image function, viewing mode selection, brightness adjustment and semi-color selection. With its compact design and features such as a 10x distance optical zoom range, full suite of color modes, distance viewing and rechargeable batteries the Liberty Scholar 2 is an ideal portable low vision aid for students and professionals on the go.
MagniLink Student Professional
MagniLink Student Professional Features include: HD camera results in smoother character edges, excellent color condition and a flicker-free image. Magnification range from 1.5x - 56x with15" screen. The unit only weighs 3.3 lbs and connects to USB 2.0. Video recording with sound, freezing of image and dual monitor support. It can connect to a Computer via USB, and a Computer monitor
MagniLink Zip
This is a foldable, portable CCTV weighing 17 lbs. It has an autofocus camera and a 17" wide flat screen monitor with various viewing modes. It comes with a carrying case, and a battery power feature is an available option. Multimedia
MagniLink Zip HD 13
Portable and convenient MagniLink Zip HD 13 is a portable CCTV, a low-vision adapted 13.3 inch monitor and, an HD reading/distance camera. It comes without an X/Y table. This makes it easy to fold and unfold the system and to carry it between different locations. A battery with a 5-9 h operation time is included for convenient use. Operation time depends on the light intensity chosen for the screen and lamp. MagniLink Zip HD 13 is an ideal choice for users who often need to transport their system. It is also suitable for users that want a sleek system at home that can be folded and put away easily when it is not in use.Order MagniLink Zip HD 13 from The Chicago Lighthouse StoreMultimedia
MagniLink Zip HD 17

True, portable video magnifier

MagniLink Zip 17 is a true, portable video magnifier with an HD reading and distance camera. It comes with a low-vision adapted 17.3 inch monitor and a stable X/Y table for comfortable reading and precise control. It has all the functions offered in a desktop video magnifier, but can be folded and carried to another location easily.

This is a good choice for users that read frequently and sometimes need to move their video magnifier between different locations, for example home and work, hotel, summer house, etc. The stylish, space-saving design makes MagniLink Zip easily placed in both homes, schools and workplaces.

Order MagniLink Zip HD 17 from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
MAXLOUPE, another compact and mobile handheld video magnifier. This magnifier is the smallest stationary reading system for people with special needs in vision. With only 730 g, MAXLOUPE can be easily put anywhere to serve the user to read text or ?look at colored photos. An improvement is the new Li-Ion battery technology, which offers an extended operating time of approx. 2 hours of continuous use. The batteries can be easily replaced by the user himself. User of the new MAXLOUPE can also benefit from the new integrated writing stand when doing crosswords, signing letters or making notes. With only two control buttons MAXLUPE is easy to operate for anybody who prefers a small stationary and multifunctional reading device. Order MaxLoupe from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Merlin Elite
Merlin elite is a high performance desktop video magnifier (CCTV), featuring HD and text-to-speech (OCR). High definition color and contrast provides a beautiful, crystal clear picture and vibrant colors. Its unique design allows for a wide field of view, displaying more text on the screen. Experience the joy of reading with this new text-to-speech feature. Features include: *Sony HD auto focus camera *24" high resolution HD LCD monitor *Text-to-Speech (OCR) ? reads aloud with Nuance? software *Easy-to-use console with line markers *Reading zone preview with motion detection *Screen easily pivots horizontally and vertically to provide the most comfortable viewing position *28 viewing modes to optimize contrast and brightness *LED lighting for truer HD picture quality *Wide range of adjustable magnification from 2.4 to 70x *Low profile XY table with a user friendly lock mechanism *Merlin elite's monitor can also be utilized as a display for your computer *Connects to iPad (additional cables required) Order Merlin Elite from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
With its compact design and 2.8" TFT screen, the miniMAX is a portable magnifier. Designed for simplicity and productivity, it has three easy top-access buttons which are identified with high contrast icons. Three discrete levels of magnification range from 2X to 7X, while a full range of color and color select options help create your optimal viewing combination. A freeze frame mode even allows you to store and manipulate an image. 3 hour battery life, or can operate while plugged in. Closed unit measures 3.5" x 2.4" x 1.2" and weighs only 5 ounces. Order Mini-Max from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Mobilux Digital
A portable, hand-held video magnifier featuring AMOLED display technology! An AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display produces the highest contrast image, the fastest image processing, and best resolution of any video magnifier. This Digital display technology offers viewers a 1:10,000 contrast ratio versus LCD. The blackest blacks are only available via the "non-backlit" AMOLED display. The image processing is 1,000 times faster than LCD video magnifiers. No 'ghosting', 'smearing' or fading images occur with the Mobilux Digital when the camera is moved. Highest resolution with a 2.0 megapixel camera sensor, guaranteeing users that images captured on the screen will be the sharpest images available! 3 levels of magnification: 3X, 4.5X, and 6x. In addition, the image display is available in Real image (true colors), Contrast enhancement of B/W, Contrast enhancement of W/B reversed image, and 'False' colors - black/yellow. 170 degree viewing angle and high contrast ratio.
This camera provides magnification up to 100x and is mounted on your choice of a swinging arm or flexible arm and provides distance, document, and self views. It connects to any NTSC TV for a video magnification solution.
ONYX Deskset 17
The ONYX Deskset 17 features a camera mounted on a rotating arm to a 17-inch flat panel monitor. The camera’s mounting arm has three axes, and the camera itself rotates up to 350 degrees. The camera mounts on either side of the monitor to best accommodate the task at hand.
ONYX PC Edition
The ONYX™ PC Edition features the ONYX camera mounted on an arm secured to a sturdy base. It comes with USB connectivity to any PC and MAGic® Screen Magnification Software with Speech and MAGic EyeMerge™ image management features. With EyeMerge, switch back and forth between magnified PC images and magnified camera views in any of three viewing modes: distance views, document views, and self views. The ONYX PC Edition comes in your choice of a swing arm or flex arm.
OPTi Verso
Video magnification camera that offers distance magnification, viewing for classroom, and meeting room use, as well as near magnification for desktop-style reading and writing. The base of the unit sits under the laptop or keyboard to maximize space.
Portable CCTV camera mounted on a modular swivel arm with 360 degree surround view capability. Features auto focus camera with full color, black and white, and artificial color image adjustments. Connects to various monitors.
OPTRON Observer
Portable CCTV camera mounted on a modular swivel arm. Features an auto focus camera with full color, black and white, and artificial color image adjustment. Can be connected to various monitors.
Portable CCTV camera mounted on a modular swivel arm for near, distance, and self viewing. Features an auto focus camera with full color, black and white, and artificial colors image adjustment. VGA computer compatibile. Connects to various monitors.
Pebble 3.5 Portable Video Magnifier
The Pebble Magnifier a lightweight handheld magnifier with 2x to 10x magnification. It allows you to easily read labels, prescriptions, price tags, menus, bus schedules and more. The unit features a 3.5" high resolution LCD display with adjustable brightness. You can also freeze an image and magnify.
Pebble HD
The Pebble HD hand-Held video magnifier is lightweight and portable. It boasts a new HD camera providing a crisp, clear, colorful, high definition picture. A new ergonomic lightweight compact design makes it the perfect companion whether at home or on the go. Carry Pebble HD in your purse, pocket, or clip it on your belt with the included carrying case. The only time you'll know it's there is when you need it. Features: *HD camera with 4.3" LCD display *Adjustable magnification from 1.25x to 13.5x *Easy-to-use large tactile buttons in two color choices *Adjustable brightness with lights on/off feature *28 available color select modes *Real time clock and calendar *Audible feedback *Multi-purpose handle allows usage in various positions *Rechargeable battery with up to 3 hours of continuous use Multimedia
Pebble Mini
Pebble Mini 3.0, a Portable Video Magnifier. Features include: *Adjustable magnification from 2x to 10x *Lightweight design (less than 4 ounces) *3.0 high resolution LCD display *Large viewing area in a small package *Adjustable brightness *Large and easy-to-use controls *28 viewing modes available *Freeze image feature with capability to magnify and change mode *Image capture with save and recall *Upload stored images to PC *2 to 3 hours of battery usage *Charge with USB into PC or outlet *Protective pouch and neck strap *Hands-free reading stand
Small, portable handheld magnifier that easily fits into a purse or pocket.
Portix is a portable and compact magnifier designed to go anywhere. It is well suited for reading, writing, and distance viewing. It is about the size of a small laptop and is the latest in technology. The easy to use rotational camera can be moved from desktop, distance, and self-viewing modes. The built in battery will give up to 3 hours of usage providing extreme portability.
Presto Lite
single unit with integrated 15" color LCD flat-panel screen. Features include: auto focus, zoom magnification, low profile display and reading table. Buttons to increase or decrease magnification, change the enhancement level, Black/White or Reverse image.
Prisma AF
Another portable video magnifier from Ash technology's. Prisma AF (Auto Focus) introduces a new level of simplicity and ease of use, with the integration of full autofocus technology in this video magnifier. Now you can enjoy a broad range of magnification levels and a premium image quality with the touch of a button. Simple to connect and intuitive to use, its discrete design and light weight. The advanced image processing enhances the image quality to deliver a well-defined and smoothly magnified image in a variety of modes. Having premium image quality decreases eye fatigue, so you can read more quickly and comfortably for longer periods of times. Reading and writing are so easily achieved with this simple and robust design.
Quicklook Zoom
Handheld, lightweight full-color, electronic magnifier with an integrated 4" TFT display, built-in rechargeable battery, charger, cable, and a protective carrying case with belt loop, shoulder strap, and a wrist/neck strap.
Tabletop video magnifier with a fully adjustable auto-focus camera and monitor. Offers true color, enhanced black on white and reverse white on black contrast viewing. Controls at the bottom of the monitor allow for easy operation. The monitor is connected to an adjustable arm which may be positioned above, level with, or to the left or right of the XY table. The table organizer in the XY table provides a small storage space for pens and papers. Optional Effects Package includes color combination options, window shading and line markers.
Auto-focus video magnifier with independently adjustable camera and 17” or 19” flat panel monitor with black and white, color, and reverse white on black viewing for seeing near, intermediate and distant objects. The table organizer in the XY table provides a small storage space for pens and papers. Optional Effects Package includes color combination options, window shading, and line markers.
Smartlux Digital
The SmartLux Digital is a portable video magnifier. Features include: large 5" LCD TFT display, 5x, 7x, 9x, or 12x magnification and 5 different viewing modes. These modes include full color, black on white, white on black, black on yellow, and yellow on black. Illumination is provided by 2 hi-tech SMD LEDs and the tactile control buttons are easy to understand and use. Up to 20 images can be captured and stored. Order Smartlux Digital from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Smartview 360
SmartView 360 video magnifier magnifies to help you clearly see the world around you Simply rotate, point and position the camera to see across a room, enlarge any text Great for viewing the blackboard, completing an exercise in a workbook, using reference books New SONY camera for sharp, clear and stable image even in low-light All-in-one portable unit: built-in screen and handle Useful auto-savings parameters Order Smartview 360 from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Snow 7 HD
This portable video magnifier has a 4.3"color TFT screen. Features include: Freeze frame function Broad depth of focus and bright screen display Rechargeable battery with life of 3.5 hours of continuous use Includes 2 batteries that can be replaced by the user if needed Intelligent design -the Snow memorizes and uses the most recent settings (viewing mode, magnification, TV format, key tones etc.) at start up Order Snow 7 HD from The Chicago Lighthouse StoreMultimedia
A CCTV that has an autofocus camera, can be used for reading and writing, and can be held up to magnify images across the room. The device can magnify from 4 to 22 times on its integrated 7-inch TFT screen. In addition to its full-color (Photo) mode, it displays images in high-contrast black on white (Positive) and high-contrast white on black (Negative) modes.
Topolino Smart
With Topolino Smart user can experience comfortable working at school and at work. In fullHD picture quality, topolino smart can be used in conjunction with either a laptop/pc through a USB port or directly with a monitor through the VGA port. The small and foldable fullHD camera system topolino smart has been primarily designed for students and pupils to use the camera for reading and distance viewing. The latest settings will always be saved automatically for the comfort of the demanding user. The overview mode with a reticle display offers special comfort - with this function the user will always have in view, which part of the text he or she is currently reading. Video recording is also an option and can be selected during installation of the system. topolino smart serves the user also at work or at home. With its light weight and small dimensions, topolino smart can be transported easily. The integrated battery gives the user the opportunity to start reading with topolino smartt wherever a laptop or monitor is available. Order Topolino Smart from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
TVi Color
A closed circuit television (CCTV) video magnifier designed for use by individuals with low vision. Use to magnify text or photos. It consists of a control box and a small TV camera in an ergonomic, handheld "mouse." The camera incorporates a zoom lens which allows the level of magnification to be altered without refocussing. The magnified image is displayed on a standard television in high contrast black-on-white or white-on-black for text, or in full-color photo mode for photographs. Mouse rollers can be use to facilitate easy scanning of text, allowing difficult-to-read items such as medicine bottles or cooking instructions on food containers to be magnified easily. An overview mode can be used for orientation or for tasks such as looking at one's own face. All functions can be controlled from the mouse. Optional handwriting stand is available.
With simple to use buttons and a large 4.3-in. widescreen color LCD display, the SmartView Versa is an easy to use CCTV electronic handheld magnifier that can magnify images up to 15x. The autofocus lets you hold the Versa at the optimal distance from the object and your eyes. Rest the Versa on the page, use the writing stand or flip out the handle for optimal viewing. Features include: Magnify images up to 15x, Five high-contrast viewing modes, Large 4.3-in. widescreen LCD, Connect to TV for increased magnification and use on text page or up to 4-in. from objects.
Completely collapsible and portable tabletop system with XY table with a rotating camera for seeing near, intermediate, and far distances with a 15" monitor with both color, black and white viewing modes. Optional battery pack is available. Optional Effects Package includes color combination options, window shading and line markers.
VisioBook S
This portable electronic magnifier is a high quality, full-color reading device for visually impaired users of all ages. This compact device has an HD camera that can be used for distance viewing, magnification, or simply as a mirror. Order VisioBook S from The Chicago Lighthouse StoreImage
Portable, laptop compatible CCTV with OCR capabilities. Provides near, distance, and self-viewing.

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