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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 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.