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Freedom Scientific Announces Expanded ONYX Low Vision Camera Line and Reduced Prices

New 24-inch Deskset Model and More Connection Options

(St. Petersburg, Florida, April 20, 2012) — Freedom Scientific today announced a new 24-inch version of its popular ONYX® Deskset XL video magnifier while expanding features and reducing US and Canada list prices by as much as $600 across the entire ONYX line.

The ONYX camera is an easy-to-use portable video magnification camera that provides three distinct viewing options: distance views, document views, and self-views.

The distance mode can be used to clearly view objects from across the room or in even larger venues such as auditoriums. The document mode enables low vision users to read documents or carefully inspect small objects. In the self-view mode, users get a magnified true mirror image close up. The camera remembers its settings in each position, so users can continually, and easily, switch back and forth between viewing modes.

ONYX Deskset XL models come with a monitor that can be raised, lowered or tilted for best comfort and a telescoping camera arm with a flexible joint that allows the camera to be aimed in any direction. Monitor sizes are 17, 19, 22, and now 24 inches. These models have a collapsible handle so that they can be easily carried from room to room. An optional rolling case is also available for the 17-, 19-, and 22-inch models.

The ONYX camera is also available with one of two mounting arms and connections for any NTSC TV. Now these two models can also be connected to a VGA computer monitor. The ONYX Flexible-arm features the camera mounted on a specially-designed omni-directional articulating arm particularly suited to those working on projects and with three-dimensional objects. With the ONYX Swing-arm the ONYX camera is mounted on a swinging arm attached to a sturdy base that disassembles and sets up very quickly.

Both ONYX camera mounting options are also available as PC Editions with USB connectivity, MAGic® Screen Magnification Software with Speech, and MAGic EyeMerge® image management features to give users powerful distance and up close magnification, PC screen magnification, text to speech synthesis, and the ability to customize, save, and manipulate images when working with a PC, documents, and/or viewing a presentation. The camera can be powered from a wall outlet or by two USB ports.

“The combination of powerful and flexible hardware products with innovative software that only Freedom Scientific provides is what makes the ONYX product line unique and noteworthy,” said Lee Hamilton, President of Freedom Scientific. “The combination of our MAGic EyeMerge® software and the ONYX camera delivers so much more than just video magnification. It enables a whole new level of productivity, working seamlessly with the PC and physical documents. Now we’ve included an additional accessory that lets ONYX PC Edition users connect to any NTSC TV and take advantage of higher magnification on today’s large screen TVs both at home and in hotel rooms when traveling.”

For more information, including specifications and the new lower US and Canada list prices, visit the Freedom Scientific Web site 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:

  • TOPAZ® video magnifiers - now in High Definition
  • RUBY® and SAPPHIRE® handheld video magnifiers
  • 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 EyeMerge® are trademarks or registered trademarks in the United States and/or other countries.