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HoverCam T3
HoverCam T3

The HoverCam is not only the first USB connect, high resolution document scanner, it's also the best. The T3 harnesses the processing power of your computer, so it doesn't need extra extra equipment. This allows for portability and ease-of-use at an affordable price. The camera uses a 3 megapixel sensor to create crystal clear images that usually require larger scanners at larger prices. A focus ring makes sure that the camera is in focus, even when there is movement beneath its lens. LiveZoom lets the user zoom in and out in real-time by just moving the mouse wheel. Also, you may not have noticed, but there is hidden text on the back of a five dollar bill. The 16X magnification on LiveZoom and the 3X mechanical zoom will let you see it!

The built-in microphone allows users to record audio presentations set to images, documents or videos. All recordings have the ability to be uploaded to: Evernote, DropBox, YouTube, Facebook and Picasa. Portability is made easy, and the T3 is made with a telescoping body that folds up at a moment's notice. You can store it in a drawer, cabinet or most carry bags. The Kensington-style lock protects the lightweight scanner from theft. The T3 comes with the powerful HoverCam Flex Software, which has been designed to make managing the camera as seamless as possible. The Flex Software makes the HoverCam more than just a camera by allowing you to scan, record voice and video, remote conference, manage files and much more. Teachers can drop images into whiteboard programs easily and low-vision and blind utilize the software to transition text to computer files and speech.
  • Integration with whiteboard software
  • Audio and video recording
  • Screen capture
  • Annotation
  • Picture-in-picture
  • Full image rotation
  • Brightness control, contrast, saturation
  • Freeze frame
  • 16X digital zoom using SmoothZoo
  • Scroll and pan
  • Archive manager
  • OCR
  • Drag-and-drop images and video
  • Straightening and auto straightening
  • Time lapse photography
  • Motion trigger scanning
  • Video conferencing via HoverCam Connect
  • Insert live camera images into programs without closing them with the SlingShot
  • Upload to Evernote, DropBox, YouTube and Facebook
  • Includes GradeCentral grading and assessment software for teachers for free for one year
HoverCam connected via USB to a computer
HoverCam T5

With the HoverCam T5 you will never need a large and bulky flat bed scanner again. Not only is the HoverCam faster than a flatbed scanner, it takes up almost no room on your desktop and is completely portable. The base of the camera is 4" x 5", making it as small as an office tape dispenser. Your scans will be crystal clear, as the HoverCam T5 scans with a native 300 dpi and up to 1200 dpi advanced clarity. The camera contains one of the largest CMOS sensors on the market, creating excellent image quality. The camera comes with HoverCam's Flex Software, allowing you to zoom in just by turning the mouse wheel, crop, edit and adjust brightness, contrast and more.

An anchoring bumper in an "L" shape is added to the camera to help you get your document perfectly in line. The camera uses it's own light from 6 LEDs that do not have to be replaced every few months.
  • Audio and Video Recording
  • Annotation
  • Whiteboard Integration
  • Auto White Balance, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Freeze Frame
  • Archive Manager
  • Drag-and-Drop Images or Videos
  • Time-Lapse Photography
  • Screen Recording
  • Picture-in-Picture
  • Image Rotation
  • Zoom and Scroll
  • MSI
  • OCR
  • Auto-Straightening
  • Video Conferencing
Neo 3
HoverCam Neo 3

The HoverCam Neo 3 will double your output with it's dual cameras and with it's USB and VGA HD connectivity. It's versatile capabilities is manufactured in a portable design that fits in most bags or briefcases. The VGA output works with any projector for quick plug-and-play usage.The Neo 3 captures 30FPS video seamlessly, whether you are using USB or VGA HD. Materials under the camera remain sharp. The image quality will allow you and others to focus. The Neo 3 comes with the feature rich, Flex Software. The multifunctional RealScan allows you to scam andd manage your files. Along with presenting, the Neo 3 is capable of doing things like OCR, digital signature, annotation and time lapse photos. The "catapult" feature let's you grab an image or video and drop it directly into a presentation or word processing document. With the Neo 3's second camera, you have total control of what the viewer sees. The camera is fully adjustable, so you can shoot video of your presentation while capturing an image of yourself. Teachers often use the second camera to capture their whiteboard. Picture-in-picture let's the viewer see all.

Teachers often use the Neo 3 to record lessons in class. By capturing the audio and using the dual cameras to create picture-in-picture, you shoot your lesson plan while also capturing video of the students asking questions. LiveZoom lets you zoom in at critical moments and the USB keeps you connected to your computer.
The PEARL connected to a laptop
PEARL Portable Reading Camera
Our Price: $595.00

The PEARL brings blind and low vision users instant portable access to printed material with an array of human-sounding voices. The folding camera deploys in seconds to connect to your PC and snap a picture of your reading material. With so many features for those with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other causes of low vision, you can tailor the appearance of text on your screen (font style, size, character spacing, and color), view with split-screen and compare your original document and OCR conversion results, use Masking and Word Spotlighting to help you follow text as it is read, and more.

In automatic mode, the PEARL senses motion, so it knows to snap an image whenever you turn a page. Place your paperback novel sideways, and the PEARL will snap two pages at a time and maintain the pagination. For larger books, you can capture even pages first. Flip the book over to capture the odd pages. You can keep turning pages and capturing images while OpenBook reads. Once your page has been captured, you have multiple options for viewing the information. You can display the text so that it wraps on the screen, enlarge the font, change the font style, and change the foreground and background colors. Have the individual words spotlighted as they are spoken.

  • USB 2.0
  • 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, and Windows 2008 Server, and 32-bit versions of Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server operating systems
  • The Eye-Pal portable USB document scanner connected to a laptop
    Eye-Pal for PC and Mac
    Our Price: $1,275.00

    Faster than a flatbed scanner and weighing in at just 1 lb., Eye-Pal is a portable USB scanner/reader that instantly converts printed material into speech, text files or refreshable Braille. Eye-Pal may be used with the most popular Braille displays from Freedom Scientific, Optelec, and Handytech. Eye-Pal may be purchased for use with a PC or Mac Eye-Pal has two lightweight legs that pivot into an L-shaped position from their compact carrying position. This securely supports the Eye-Pal, assuring that its scanning camera is always at the exact distance to obtain a crystal clear image. It also serves as a tactile guide for blind users to precisely position the material to be scanned. No camera focus adjustments are ever necessary. Text can be saved as a text file for future editing. With the press of a single key, Eye-Pal will describe a page layout as a sighted person sees it. You can instantly read text placed under the camera using a Braille program. Eye-Pal’s patented motion detector can scan up to 20 pages per minute in a bound book. Just turn a page in your book and wait for the shutter sound.
    Zoom-Ex scanning a document and displaying it on a PC
    Zoom-Ex for PC & MAC
    Our Price: $1,775.00

    Zoom-Ex is the seamless integration of an instant digital scanner and a lightning fast OCR. It allows you to convert any printed text into multiple accessible formats such as speech, large print, sound or text files, within seconds. Zoom-Ex is easy to use. The foldable stand holds a digital scanning camera that is always at the exact distance needed to create a clear image. Low-vision users can touch and feel the L-shaped edges of the stand to know exactly where to place the document to be read. Zoom-Ex may be purchased for use with a PC or Mac computer.

    Zoom-Ex Is four powerful tools in one:

    • Instant Reader: It’s the world’s first instant book-to-speech tool. Our proprietary OCR software provides lightning fast performance for real-time page-to-speech.
    • Smart Magnifier: It’s a magnifier that eliminates the need for an X-Y table and delivers text wrapping on screen for easy reading.
    • Book Scanner/Reader: It’s a fast 20ppm scanner (allowing you to keep books bound and intact) that provides OCR.
    • Real-time CCTV: This mode allows you to use Zoom-Ex as a CCTV that magnifies up to 12 times on a19” monitor.

    Zoom-Ex Features:

    • Has real-time page-to-speech.
    • Alter the reading speed to your preference. Magnify the text as much or as little as you want (up to 40 times).
    • Highlights words as they are read.
    • Enables user to print large font books.
    • Scans up to 20 pages per minute.
    • Turn your document in any direction. Orientation of the page does not matter.
    • Converts any printed text into multiple accessible formats such as speech, large print, sound or text files.
    • Provides fast forward and rewind capabilities.
    • Has the ability to read in foreign languages.