Category: Magnifying Lens with Light

Large Lighted Magnifier

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a large magnifier for a person with Usher
Syndrome (visual/hearing impairments). The magnifier was to be mounted and large enough to fit a book/magazine under it and read the whole page. Additionally, the magnification needed to be adjustable to the various size print the patron was reading. A powerful lens (made by Fresnel Technologies) was adapted. The type of lens was originally designed for lighthouse optics and is made of rigid plastic, so it is not floppy like larger lenses. A case for the lens which enables the height and angle to be varied was created using pine and plywood. The next issue was how to light the patron’s reading material. Eventually a cold cathode neon light (used to decorate hotted-up cars) was used. These type of lights are only 2 millimeters in diameter and were easy to mount under the top of the frame where they are shielded from the patron’s eyes and do not create glare. To power the lights, a 12 volt supply was used which could be run from main electricity or a battery. TITLE: Magnified reading. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 28, Number 4, December 2008: p. 12. PAGES: 2. (including cover).


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Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD)
Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD) Organization Type: 
TAD is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.
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