My 85 year old parent is having great trouble reading newspapers and magazines, etc. He's been to the vision doctors, and there isn't anything specific they can do. It is not a case of Macular Degeneration.
He saw (and liked) a reading machine -- a tabletop camera/monitor. Here is a picture of one
This is not
a OCR to voice text reader like a totally blind person would want. It also has a very
simple interface, like an on-off switch and a knob for magnification factor. Another button selects different modes, like color, white on black, black on white, photo, text/line.
, as in thousands of US Dollars.
Knowing Lit readers are from all walked of life, I thought I'd throw out a couple of questions and see if anyone can point me to some education.
1. Does Medicare or other government programs contribute to buying these things? I see ads saying that vendors can get medicare to pay for a battery powered cart for the eligible.
Anyone hear of such a program for reading machines?
2. A web camera and computer can do something similar. This biggest problem would be software that presents a simple interface, then a camera with good short range depth of field and auto focus. A TV interface (composite) is a possibility if the resolution of the TV is big enough to provide clear magnification. And some sort of camera mount and light are needed. But in theory, a person good with their hands and computer literate could cobble up something.
Can anyone speak about software and cameras?
Are there cameras (+ lens) that can do auto-focus & zoom 40x?
I'm thinking direct connect to a monitor.
What would be great is to find a forum where tinkers are talking to each other about what they've built for vision limited people.