Top 5 New Low Vision Technologies for Visually Impaired Students, Their Teachers and TVIs:
is a great low vision device for teachers and students because it has a large 7” display, providing a very comfortable magnification size for reading tasks. It is a great portable solution that meets a low vision student’s needs for spot reading tasks, such as finding a book in the library or for going outside for a science lesson.
Despite its 7” size, Ruby 7 is surprisingly lightweight for easy transport, plus it turns on for fast use by simply opening it up, without pressing the power button. Students will like the twistable camera for writing tasks and distance viewing in a pinch. Ruby 7 is very stylish, it looks more like a cool new tablet than a magnifier, which will likely be the most important factor for many self-conscious students.
The Ruby 7 handheld video magnifier gives students with a visual impairment the independence and portability they need to access their learning environment.
NuEyes is a light weight pair of wireless hands-free smartglasses that provide students video magnification to read and adjust text as well as distance viewing.
Students with low vision wearing NuEyes smartglasses can see what is written on the board or around classes (even out the window) as well as to read a book or for written assignments. Students with visual impairment can also use these stylish smartglasses (that look like the coolest pair of sunglasses you have ever seen) to navigate around campus or in the community and even to see and read signs (like bus stops) along the way.
NuEyes is so unique and so useful for so many applications for students; there is nothing like it on the market. Like a smartphone, NuEyes has a built in computer allowing WiFi and Bluetooth connections, plus the addition of OCR and Apps like Comcast Cable for TV, etc. It’s features military technology that is continually being improved with new apps being developed. Plus, it is wireless, which is huge. NuEyes not only offers so much more than what is now available on the market, but it is also less than half the price of the closest leading competitive option which offers far less.
NuEyes Wireless ODG Smartglasses give students with low vision lightweight, hands-free video magnification that they can wear on the go and take anywhere.
DaVinci Pro is arguably the best 3-in-1 High Definition Desktop CCTV with text-to-speech capabilities on the market. It is easy-to-use and versatile in that it shows super-sharp distance viewing images, near viewing images, and contains the best-of-the-best OCR cameras for Text-to-Speech. If a student’s vision fluctuates, DaVinci Pro allows them to start with small magnification and they can increase it through the day or even switch to text-to-speech when their eyes get tired.
There are so many features that make DaVinci Pro a great magnifier for students with visual impairments, including:
- it’s twistable camera for easy directional viewing
- it’s built in light for sustained sharp picture quality
- its wide field of view for increasing productivity
- its free upgradability for ongoing use for years after purchase
- its large working distance for large reading or writing assignments
- its 13 MP camera for incredibly accurate OCR speeding up reading time for large reading assignments
- its large memory for storage and retrieval of scanned information, etc.
We just can’t say enough about this machine; it is our most highly recommended low vison device for students or anyone with visual impairment. If products are categorized as good, better, best, then DaVinci Pro today is the best of the best.
4. Sitecues — Magnification and Speech for Websites
Sitecues enables students to access websites for both magnification and speech, at no cost to the student. Websites with Sitecues enable visually impaired students to magnify and adjust the size and even color of screen content (even the mouse) to a comfortable level, as well as to have text read out loud.
These days more and more learning is being done online. Sitecues makes accessible websites even more usable for students with:
- Low vision
- Print difficulties
- Learning difficulties and disabilities (Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), and more)
- English Language Learners (ELL) and people who use English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Anyone with a situational need
While most websites today are compliant for people who are visually impaired, the compliant website is not usually easy to use. Sitecues makes websites very easy to use and gives low vision students access to web content for increased learning.
Sitecues lets students with low vision or blindness personalize and customize their website experience to meet their individual needs making it even more accessible and easy to use.
Topaz PHD is a lightweight, collapsible battery-operated video magnifier (CCTV) that can be folded like a laptop and carried from classroom to classroom. Topaz PHD requires zero set-up. This magnifier is completely stand-alone and does not need to connect to computer for use. The monitor is very close to the student’s eyes, making reading and writing tasks very easy to view.
Topaz PHD is a great choice for low vision students because it is portable and easy to use and can be carried with them into any learning environment.
As summer advances, now is the time to start thinking about what assistive technology you can use to help your students with visual impairments get the most out of their educational experience this academic year.
Bonus Tips: Low Vision Rehab Clinic and Training Services for Students and Teachers
Don’t forget that New England Low Vision and Blindness also offers low vision and blindness assessment and training services for students, teachers and schools and an Advanced Low Vision Rehab Clinic to help students with vision impairment maximize the remaining vision that they do have.
Our Assistive Technology Specialists and Trainers can assess needs, recommend low vision and blindness devices, set up systems and provide training for visually impaired students and the education professionals who work with them. Our training services enable students and teachers to use technology to get the visually impaired student immediate access to tests, notes, presentations, etc. and to have the same equal access to educational information as their peers.
Our newly-opened Advanced Low Vision Rehab Clinic provides a unique experience in specialty low vision rehabilitation services to supplement traditional eye care, to help visually impaired students get the most out of the vision they do have to make it more functional so that they can see, do the activities they love and thrive at school.
We help you and your students with low vision better understand the specific vision loss, by teaching you new skills like eccentric viewing to make the most of your remaining vision, and by using the latest vision technologies. We determine the best distance correction levels of magnification (needed for different activities), tools and technology to maximize your residual vision.