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Freedom Scientific Announces Release of New RUBY XL HD Handheld Video Magnifier

(St. Petersburg, Florida - May 16, 2013)

Freedom Scientific today announced a new version of its popular RUBY handheld video magnifier, the RUBY® XL HD. The new magnifier has a larger screen, high-definition image, and enhanced functionality to meet the needs of today’s low vision consumers.

The RUBY XL HD has a 5-megapixel camera to produce a high-definition image displayed on the 5-inch screen, so more text can be displayed at one time, making reading easier. Weighing in at just 10.5 ounces, this ultra-portable device can go anywhere with ease. Use the built-in tilt stand to read books, magazines, and mail. Use the flip-out handle as you would a traditional magnifier to view cans, medicine bottles, package labels, and even items high on a shelf or notices on a wall. With its 3-hour rechargeable batteries, continuous magnification from 2x to 14x, and a wide range of viewing modes, the RUBY XL HD combines convenience and flexibility as the leader in the next generation of handheld video magnifiers.

"The RUBY XL HD extends the functionality of the previous generation of RUBY," said Brad Davis, Freedom Scientific's Vice President of Hardware. "It has more of everything people love about our video magnifiers, including a bigger screen, sharper image, and more video modes, while still weighing only 10.5 ounces. It’s easy to save magnified images for later reference, such as phone numbers, serial numbers, or pictures of your grandchildren. You can save up to 80 pictures and even send them to your computer via USB."

The RUBY XL HD is priced at $895 and is available for purchase now. For more information, including specifications, visit or contact Freedom Scientific at 800-444-4443 or 727-803-8000.

The RUBY XL HD is part of Freedom Scientific's complete line of low vision products, including:

  • TOPAZ® desktop video magnifiers
  • ONYX® portable low vision cameras
  • RUBY and SAPPHIRE® handheld video magnifiers
  • MAGic® screen magnification software
  • SARA™ and SARA CE scanning and reading appliances
  • PEARL® and OpenBook® portable scanning and reading solution

About Freedom Scientific

Freedom Scientific is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. Freedom Scientific is part of Vispero™. Vispero has its headquarters in the USA and the Netherlands, and offices in Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. Through Vispero's multi-tier distribution, Freedom Scientific products are available in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Freedom Scientific® and its products are registered trademarks in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.