HumanWare introduces four new portable video magnifiers for low vision

    LONGUEUIL, QC, July 8 /CNW Telbec/ - HumanWare expands its low vision
product line with the announcement of four new video magnifiers at Vision
2008, an international conference on low vision being held in Montreal this
week. With these new products, HumanWare is better able to serve the needs of
the growing number of people with low vision - those whose vision cannot be
completely corrected even with the most powerful prescription glasses.
    HumanWare's new video magnifiers are designed to meet the needs of
different environments and applications. Each product offers unique features
to improve the user's independence.

    The new products include:

    SmartView Pocket. an extremely lightweight handheld video magnifier that
can be used in the home or around town, wherever things are too small to see.
Large, intuitive buttons make the unit easy to use. The Pocket provides up to
9x magnification on its 3.6-inch LCD screen.
    SmartView Graduate. Ideally suited for helping low vision students fully
participate in class by being able to see across the room and magnify items on
their desk. The Graduate connects to a notebook computer via a USB interface
to provide up to 50x magnification on the computer screen. The camera turns to
view the desktop or distant objects. The unit easily fits into a computer bag
and weighs only 2.5 pounds, which makes it extremely easy to carry between
    SmartView Nano. The smallest video magnifier available at a very
affordable price. The Nano magnifies objects from 5x to 20x, making it easy to
read fine print on pill bottles, ingredients on product labels, or seat
numbers on theater tickets.
    SmartView Mobile. A portable video magnifier with a 7-inch screen,
providing up to 18x magnification. The Mobile is ideal for those who need a
portable device but cannot compromise on magnification and screen size.
Perfect for taking to the library, carrying around home or using at the
    "With these new products, HumanWare has significantly increased its
offering of portable devices," explains Ted Judge, Product Manager. "Users
want to be able to read regular or small print wherever they are, and these
new additions to the SmartView family help people see and read, whether at
home, the store, the office, or out on the town."
    The SmartView Graduate and Smartview Pocket video magnifiers are
available now, and the SmartView Nano will be available at the end of July.
The SmartView Mobile will be available in Europe and Asia in August.

    Complete info and photos are available at:

    About HumanWare

    HumanWare ( is the global leader in assistive
technologies for the print disabled. HumanWare provides products to people who
are blind or have low vision, and persons/or individuals with learning
disabilities. HumanWare offers a collection of innovative products, including
BrailleNote, the leading productivity device for the blind in education,
business, and for personal use; the Victor Reader product line, the world's
leading digital audiobook players; myReader2, HumanWare's unique "auto-reader"
for people with low vision; and the ClassMate Reader, the only portable book
player to offer synchronized text and audio for individuals.

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For further information: Media contact: HumanWare: Nicolas Lagace, (450)

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