Smart Readers and Magnifiers for the Visually Impaired
Testimonials from ABiSee Customers
"I'm a huge proponent of Mac computers. When I first got a Zoom-Ex I used it in a separate Windows environment, now it works with Mac. It is an easy device to use. It is fundamentally different than any device I've seen that reads text for a blind person. It allows you to simply set a book down, open a new page, press a button and it reads a book. Before I had this there was no way for me to read a book. Now I can work with any book. In that regard it is life-changing"
Albert Eila, Harvard graduate applying to law school, Boston, MA
My Retinitis Pigmentosa and now cataracts have caused me to use more adaptive equipment. I work full time and have many documents to read. I have been using Eye-Pal for the past several months. This product has performed exceptionally well, and with just a few keystrokes, I am able to read practically anything I have to read. I would recommend this product for anyone, total or low vision, to be their next peice of adaptive equipment. On a scale of one to ten, this item has been performing at a constant ten.
Stephen Matthews, Field Service Director, Blinded Veterans Association, Washington, DC
I am sort of a slow learner but the "how to's" are so well explained in the print-out that came with it. I am catching on quickly. I am amazed at what all this little wonder can do! Last night was one of our first cold ones of the fall and I turned the thermostat on so high before going to bed that I couldn't breathe well and woke up thinking I'd had another congestive heart failure but cured it when I turned the thermostat lower. Then I couldn't go back to sleep so I set up the Zoom-Ex and read with ease from a book I'd started sometime ago but put aside because the print was too small! This Zoom-Ex is already making my life better, for reading used to be one of my greatest pleasures when my eyes were younger and stronger.
Thank you all, ABiSees.
Gwen Perkins, 90 year old, GA
Eye-Pal SOLO LV is the most exiting Low Vision device that came out in the last 5 years.
Dan Robert, Director of MD Support, The Eyes of the Macular Degeneration Community
“Well pleased with the Eye-Pal. Wonderful device, I am making a book to learn how to do new things. Its like having my eyesight back again… Read a paper or magazine is like having your eyes back. Service is great, I can do what you guys do over at ABiSee.”
Bob M., 90 year old, WW2 Veteran, NC
I wanted to let you know what a wonderful product Zoom-Ex has been for me. I have owned your product for over 4 years and it still works as good as the day I pulled it out of its box. Because of the flexibility built into your options, the Zoom-Ex technology allows me to do a lot more reading over shorter periods of time thus giving me additional freedom to do other things that I enjoy.
T.L., Phoenix, MD
I want to commend you for the development of the Eye-Pal. As a low vision Optometrist for over 17 years, I have been exposed to hundreds of new innovations to help the blind and visually impaired to perform their daily tasks and job activities efficiently. Of all the inventions that I have evaluated and recommended, I cannot think of an innovation that is more efficient for the blind as the Eye-Pal.
In 2004, I was forced to retire because of my own loss of vision. Although it was so ironic, it "opened my eyes" to the need for assistive technology for the totally blind. Since my retirement, I have been involved in numerous legal matters as an expert witness. I tried using virtually every piece of assistive technology to read documents and depositions aloud for me. Although many of these were successful, they were very slow and sluggish. After trying the Eye Pal, I cannot tell you how much it has made my job more efficient. No longer do I have to wait 20 to 30 seconds before my computer begins to read. The Eye-Pal reads the text in less than two or three seconds. In addition, the accuracy of the optical character recognition is excellent!
I hope you will share this information to others who are in need of a portable device that can accurately read text in a quick and efficient manner. With much appreciation,
Dr. Bill Takeshita, Chief of Optometry, Center for the Partially Sighted
“Best invention since sliced bread, gives me a lot of independence, even reads my dog food cans. I read the whole manual with this device. For the first time in 55 years I was able to buy a printed book to read. Many doors have opened for me. Its incredible.”
Maureen M., NJ
The Eye-Pal is awesome!!!! It has become my new scanning tool. I even uninstalled Kurzweil 1000 from my laptop and now only use Eye-Pal!
Larry L. Lewis, Jr., President and Founder of Flying Blind, LLC
The staff at AbiSee has sure made a big difference in my life with the introduction of both the Zoom-Ex and Eye-Pal products.. Since I am in a masters program (Masters of Science in Assistive Technology & Human Services) that requires a great deal of reading, the Eye-Pal makes it easy for me to keep up with the reading requirements of this masters.
Louis Herera, Chair of Technology Committee, CA Council for the Blind
Many students love the fact that Zoom-Ex scans and starts reading instantly instead of waiting for an ordinary scanner to first scan the image. Excellent device!
Mike Williamson, TCRC Sight Center, East Peoria, IL
Best customer and technical support from any other vendor of Assistive Technology that I have ever used.
Joel Isaac, Software Engineer, RPV, CA
I have Eye-Pal for a year now. I love how fast and accurate it is. I used to have a reader to help me go through my mail. Now I can sort my mail and know what to scan, find junk mail faster than my reader. I can do it myself, even at night. This is independence!
Ron Smith, retired, CA
You have a very good product but the support is by far the best I have ever encountered! Thank you for all the help.
Marshall Miles, US Veteran, FL
Reading machines have come a long way.
In 1978, I met my first reading machine at the University of Colorado. Although it was placed at the university as part of a test, the cost was $50,000. The system was based on a Data General Mini computer and consisted of three pieces. When the pieces were stacked together they were about the size of a washing machine. A camera moved physically back and forth reading one line at a time.
Although the changes were amazing as we entered the world of PCs stand alone reading systems still held their place in the OCR world. Now in 2013, AbiSee is introducing 2 new products that change the world of reading machines. The Eye-Pal ACE is designed for people with low vision and the Eye-Pal ROL for people who have little or no usable vision. The Eye-Pal ACE includes a screen that displays clear print that can be enlarged and displayed in different formats.
The product I am falling in love with is the Eye-Pal ROL. Physically both units look exactly alike with the addition of the screen on the ACE. The unit is small and compact with no movable or extendable parts. The cameras, yes there are two, are placed on the front of the unit under two small semi-circular bulges at the top front of the unit. All you do is place your reading material in front of the device and press one button. The document or package is read back to you in clear human sounding speech. You can store entire books on a thumb drive and move them to your computer. A clock and calendar are built into the device and you can even record reminders into the calendar.
Weighing just three pounds and running on battery for at least three hours will let me bring this unit anywhere I might need to read something.
This unit is intuitive and amazingly easy to use. Now I just need more time to read all that is waiting for me.
Gayle Yarnall - a recognized member of the visually impaired community