Friday, December 2, 2011

Freedom Scientific Announces High Definition Video Magnifier Line

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Freedom Scientific Announces High Definition Video Magnifier Line

Crisper, Clearer Images for Those with Low Vision

(St. Petersburg, Florida – December 2, 2011) – Freedom Scientific, the world leader in assistive technology for those that are low vision or blind, today unveiled another breakthrough in assistive technology with a line of high definition desktop video magnifiers called TOPAZ® XL HD.

"Our TOPAZ XL has become an indispensable tool for many people, allowing them to once again read bills, bank statements, and other personal documents independently, and store them on their PC for later retrieval," says Brad Davis, Freedom Scientific’s Vice President of Hardware. “Now our new HD models offer improved efficiency, because the clear high contrast image, even at magnification levels below 2x, can fit more text on the screen than ever before. For many users, this means they can display an entire standard page of text across a widescreen monitor and read comfortably without moving their document back and forth under the camera."

Other video magnifiers can share their monitor with a PC to save desk space, but the TOPAZ XL HD goes beyond that. With Freedom Scientific’s optional GEM™ software, low vision users can bring the magnified image to their PC, control the TOPAZ XL HD from the keyboard, and work in multiple split screen views so that they see their magnified document and their application at the same time. Users can quickly capture multiple images, review them with a single keystroke, and select which ones to save.

The new TOPAZ XL HD line offers 20-inch, 22-inch, and 24-inch widescreen models, as well as 17-inch standard monitor and camera only models. The products are shipping in December.

For complete specifications and pricing details, visit or contact Freedom Scientific at 800-444-4443 or 727-803-8000.

Freedom Scientific offers a broad range of technology solutions for those with low vision, including:

  • MAGic® screen magnification software
  • RUBY® and SAPPHIRE® handheld video magnifiers
  • ONYX® portable distance, document, and self view cameras
  • PEARL® OCR camera with OpenBook® and the SARA™ and SARA CE scanning and reading appliances for both blind and low vision users
About Freedom Scientific

Freedom Scientific is the leading worldwide provider of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. The Company sells its products worldwide and has offices in Florida and Switzerland. The Company’s products have been translated into 24 languages and are available in 55 countries. Freedom also has a line of software products for those with learning disabilities.

Freedom Scientific®, TOPAZ®, MAGic®, RUBY®, SAPPHIRE®, ONYX®, PEARL®, OpenBook®, SARA™, and GEM™ are trademarks or registered trademarks in the United States and/or other countries.

Source: Press Release

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