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Eschenbach, while known for our innovations in lens technology, has also introduced novel video solutions for the visually impaired, including the Videolupe and ELG in the 1990s, two of the first video magnifiers to be popularized.
In 2008, Eschenbach Optik of America, Inc. agreed to become the exclusive North American distributor of Video Magnifiers manufactured by ASH Technologies, Inc. of Naas, Ireland. ASH’s reputation as the developer of popular portable video magnifiers such as the Quicklook and Prisma series is now complemented by Eschenbach’s sales and support organization. In 2010, the Eschenbach/ASH collaboration introduced the Mobilux Digital, the first video magnifier to use an AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) display providing users with unsurpassed image quality in a hand-held video magnifier.
Video magnifiersare sometimes called “closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems” and generally use stand-mounted or hand-held video cameras to project a magnified image onto a video monitor, a television (TV) screen, or a computer monitor. Eschenbach offers a broad range of video magnifiers in all categories.
Desktop video magnifiers generally have a table surface on which the object is placed. Directly above the object, is a camera and monitor upon which the magnified image is projected. Some desktop systems allow the user to project the image onto a standard TV instead of an integrated monitor.
Other video magnifiers are typically of a hand-held variety. “Hand-held” video magnifiers are similar to stand magnifiers in that they generally have to stand on, or rest against, the reading material in order to work. Hand-held video magnifiers generally have a small integrated display that the image appears on. There are also hand-held video magnifiers that can project magnified images on a television.