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800-444-4443 or 727-803-8000

Freedom Scientific Announces Updated SAPPHIRE Handheld Magnifier

New Features Make Reading Easier

(St. Petersburg – Florida, March 29, 2012) – Freedom Scientific today announced a new version of its popular SAPPHIRE® handheld video magnifier offering powerful features for on-the-go low vision users.

The SAPPHIRE displays images on a brightly lit seven-inch screen with magnification from 3.4x to 16x. The unit weighs less than two pounds and can be carried in a purse or its own case, ready for use at any time. Use the SAPPHIRE to read the menu at a restaurant, read item labels at the grocery store, verify receipts, study a map, read the newspaper, and much more.

Designed for flexibility and comfort with a hinged LCD display that can be set to the most convenient viewing angle, the SAPPHIRE has a writing stand built right in to hold it up at a convenient angle as you sign a check, fill in a form, complete a puzzle, or write on a notepad. To make tracking easier when moving the SAPPHIRE across a page of text, the new version offers an adjustable Reading Line that can be positioned anywhere on the screen. New Reading Masks can be adjusted to block out everything but a single line of text, reducing glare for those who are light sensitive.

“The SAPPHIRE's seven-inch screen provides great readability in a portable product, and the new tracking features make it even easier to read continuously from line to line,” said Brad Davis, Vice President of Freedom Scientific. “Connected to a TV it provides even greater magnification for longer reading sessions. The new SAPPHIRE reaffirms our commitment to providing the most fully featured, easy-to-use technology solutions for the visually impaired.”

The new SAPPHIRE is priced at $1,195 and is shipping now. For more information, 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:

  • MAGic® screen magnification software
  • RUBY® and SAPPHIRE® handheld video magnifiers
  • ONYX® portable distance, document, and self view cameras
  • 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 GEM™ are trademarks or registered trademarks in the United States and/or other countries.