EnableMart sponsored an educational webinar with Dave Wilkerson, HIMS Education Specialist. Dave explains the best uses for the E-bot Video Magnifier and considerations for selecting the best model to fit your needs.
Having personally used interactive magnifiers, enlarged print through a copy machine or sitting close to the front of a classroom to access and interact with material, I was excited to learn that this tool meets all of those needs and then some.
Dave Wilkerson explains that E-bot is a product that supports students with low vision to connect to an independent tablet for distance viewing, optical character recognition (OCR) with text to speech, sign documents/complete forms using familiar tablet gestures. It even has Wi-Fi built in.
- Under 5 lbs., easily collapses and fits in a backpack, which is included.
- 4 hours of battery life and built in speaker/ headphone jack
- Compatible with Mac/ PC tablet, any screen of any size
- Sturdy well balanced with aniti-vibration for stability, will not lose focus
- Wireless internal broadcast network, USB or HDMI option
- On camera or remote for (ADV/PRO) computer keyboard commands or touchscreen for tablets
- Multi-sensory magnification and OCR
- Joystick controlled camera, full page OCR, saved video and image (PRO)
- Useful for students in a classroom or employees at work or presentations
In the webinar, Dave shares and example of how this tool could be used when a teacher is writing on a white board or showing material at the front of a classroom. A student from their seat could zoom in and/or capture an image using the E-bot.
“In general this [tool] is just promoting inclusion in education, not only inclusion in education but in the fact that technology can be cool and can be very practical. One of the downsides to AT in the past has been that it wasn’t necessarily cool, it didn’t look good, it didn’t interface with something your compadres understood or that they know about …and that’s no longer the case with E-bot” ~ Dave Wilkerson
In my opinion, the benefits of participating in a similar experience as ones classmates in real time as the material is being discussed is pretty important. When I have had this opportunity, I learn more of the content and can meaningfully contribute. Often there’s a disconnect when a blown up paper version is offered later than the lecture or a student has to look at their desk copy while others are attending to the instructor. E-bot looks like it may offer a solution to individuals in a variety of settings who have low vision needs.
Watch the webinar to learn more about E-bot. Visit the EnableMart website to learn more about and purchase these and other related products.
Written by Gabe Ryan, EnableMart Blog Writer and Contributor from Sacramento, California. He enjoys creating abstract paintings, as well as spending time with his family and friends. He enjoys exploring and using his iPad and iPhone. One of his favorite things to do is listening to music ranging from Journey to Macklemore. He is always interested in trying new things, getting out in the community and meeting new people. Using varied assistive technology tools to better access his environments comes second nature to him as he has used a wheelchair since he was three years old. Some of these tools have been life-changing for him and they have opened up new opportunities. He looks forward to sharing his experiences and perspectives with our readers.