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TOPAZ PHD Released

A Desktop Video Magnifier with the Portability of a Laptop

(St. Petersburg, Florida - January 29, 2015)

Freedom Scientific today introduced the TOPAZ® PHD, a portable version of its popular TOPAZ desktop video magnifier. With a brilliant image, wide magnification range, 32 configurable screen color modes, and adjustable reference lines and masks, the new TOPAZ PHD provides the comfort and productivity of stationary desktop models. Available in 12-inch or 15-inch models, the new TOPAZ PHD offers the freedom to work independently, viewing the details that matter in the home, office, classroom, or on the go.

Engineered for unmatched portability and ease of use, TOPAZ PHD offers a sleek, lightweight, and foldable body to fit your lifestyle. Both models include a Freeze Frame to hold an image on-screen and a Find function to quickly zoom out to an overview, locate the next area of interest, and zoom back in to the magnification in use.

"In addition to the usual desktop magnifier features, the TOPAZ PHD offers two powerful productivity enhancements – an SD Card slot to instantly save images, and a USB port to connect your computer and work seamlessly with your document and applications using GEM® software," said Brad Davis, Freedom Scientific's Vice President of Hardware. "There is even a front-facing self-view camera so you can look your best throughout the day."

Options include a lithium-ion battery pack for 4 hours of continuous use and an XY table for a smooth gliding motion while you read. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options, and accessories are available online at the Freedom Scientific website, or contact Freedom Scientific at 800-444-4443 or 727-803-8000. The TOPAZ PHD will begin shipping in March 2015.

The new TOPAZ PHD, along with Freedom Scientific's other assistive technology products, will be shown at booth 501 at the upcoming ATIA conference in Orlando, Florida, from January 28 to 31; and also at CSUN in San Diego, California, from March 4-6 at booth #405 and our showcase suite, Seaport H.

The TOPAZ PHD is part of Freedom Scientific's complete line of low vision products, including:

  • 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.