Aladdin Genie Pro Video Magnifier, a new product from
Telesensory, allows visually impaired people, or those with low vision, to adjust the magnification of the computer screen. This allows them to more clearly read previously hard-to-read e-mails, spreadsheets, databases, etc., according to company spokesperson Melissa Stoltz.
Designed for “any computer display mode,” the Aladdin Genie Pro Video Magnifier includes an automatic focus mechanism with manual override ability, a magnification range that has been broadened to 3.1X to 50X with a 17-inch monitor, and enhanced S-Video output capabilities enabling images to be displayed on a TV at any computer setting.
The Genie Pro lets users choose the computer resolution that’s most comfortable for their viewing comfort in different reading situations. The new model supports display settings ranging from 640×480 to 1280×1024. Computer applications and magnified images can be viewed either singly or on a vertical or horizontal split screen, making it possible to view a report, telephone book or other material under the magnifier camera alongside a database, a spreadsheet or other computer content. Users can toggle between both images by using the display select button or the optional foot pedal.
The Genie Pro also offers adjustable split-screen partitioning, enabling users to adjust the relative size of the camera and computer images in any proportion without any restrictions. And it supports simultaneous dual-monitor use, permitting users to utilize their computers and TVs concurrently for different material.
The Aladdin Genie Pro will be available next month at a manufacturers’ suggested retail price of US$3,295.00. The system can be used with virtually any SVGA, multi-sync, and S-video (TV) monitor.