Chris Morton from HumanWare shares his recent experience with Gordon – a model train lover who has lost his sight – and his top tips when selecting a digital magnifier.
I took a phone call recently from a gentleman called Gordon. A friend had given him HumanWare’s phone number, but he wasn’t exactly sure what he was looking for:
“I’ve just brought a model train set from a neighbour. I loved modelling trains before I started having problems with my vision, and I’d really like to get back into it – but I just can’t see the details on the trains and the tracks.”
We arranged a home visit and upon my arrival, Gordon told me his plans to convert his garage into his “train room”. Gordon went on to tell me that he couldn’t see the intricate details on the model trains, which may need repairing or re-painting over time. I suggested that a digital desktop magnifier like HumanWare’s Reveal 16 would allow Gordon to magnify the train, whilst also keeping him “hand-free” to paint or repair.
We sat at the worktop in his kitchen and switched on the Reveal 16. Instantly Gordon could see his train on the screen, and with a twist of a dial he magnified to the size he needed.
Digital magnification not only helps you to read but it also helps to rediscover the hobbies you may have given up on. When buying a digital magnifier you should consider the following:
- How good is the image? The quality of the camera, and the resolution of the screen, all has an impact.
- What magnification size do I need? You may need different sizes for different uses, for example reading the small print on your medicine bottles.
- How am I going to use it? Do you want to be portable, or will you use it sitting at a table?
- How easy is it to use? Technology varies from the simplest devices to the more complex – buy one to suit your needs.
Chris Moreton – HumanWare Representative
Central & Eastern England.