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Merlin CCTV Model MR

Description: A desktop video magnifier (CCTV) designed for use by individuals with low vision. This full-color system magnifies images from 4 - 66 X their original size on a 14" monitor. It enables people with low vision to read, write, view photographs and enjoy crafts and hobbies. Features include a large working space, tactile control buttons, four viewing modes (full color, black & white, high contrast positive, and high contrast negative), auo focus, a preset button for preferred settings, an intelligent focus lock, and object locator feature. Desktop magnification systems ("CCTV") are no longer available for shipping. Please contact your local Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC) for demonstration of these devices. Please note availability of CCTVs vary within each ATRC.

Accessories (borrow separately): None listed
Does use of this item require support? Some (What does this mean?)
Replacement Cost: $2095.00
Loan Time: 4 weeks
Manufacturer: Enhanced Vision

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I borrowed the reacher kit because my mother is trying to learn how to do things with one hand. She just had a stroke. The reachers did not work for her because she also has arthritis and she doesn't have the strength in her hands and shoulders to hold and manipulate the reachers.

I need text-to-speech software because I can't use my hands to type for long periods of time without pain anymore. I found Dragon is much better now than the versions I have tried before. It was easier to "train" the computer to recognize my voice. There still are some problems with the voice file when I use it when I am tired at the end of the day.

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