[Athen] classroom cctv & foot mouse

Pratik Patel pratikp1 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 22 22:36:01 PST 2008

Hello Howarde,

The camquarter device you are thinking about was made by a company called
Betacom. A couple of our students used the device for a few months on a
trial basis but found it a bit bulky. The company went out of business
before we could return the product and they were no longer interested in
getting their trial products back.

A few of our campuses are starting to experiment with the the new
Freedomscientific camera-based Omix magnifiers They appear to like some of
their features. You may want to play around with them for a little while
before deciding.

Hope this helps.



From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of normajean.brand
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 7:55 PM
To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] classroom cctv & foot mouse


We've had great success with both the Flipper and Acrobat (not to be
confused with Adobe Acrobat, although why this company chose Acrobat when
Adobe has almost always been known as that Acrobat company I'll never
know.). Both V.I. students and employees enjoy either the Flipper or Acrobat
but the Acrobat LCD seems to be gaining popularity because of the greater
flexibility. There are a couple of different versions of the Acrobat.

Not sure who your vendor is in Colorado, but you can see the information for
the adaptive equipment at

www.christal-vision.com (our vendor here in Texas). Hope this helps.




NJ Brand

Houston Community College-NW

Technical Support and Innovation Center

Assistive Technology Specialist/Sr. Lab Assistant

Town and Country Square Campus

MC 1379 Room RC13

1010 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N.

Houston TX 77043

VM/Office: 713.718.5604

FAX: 713.718.5430

Email: normajean.brand at hccs.edu




From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Howard Kramer
Sent: Friday, January 18, 2008 12:21 PM
To: 'Access Technologists in Higher Education Network'
Subject: [Athen] classroom cctv & foot mouse

First of all, thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the foot mouse.
The student I'm working with decided to go with the slipper mouse:

http://www.bilila.com/foot_mouse_slipper_mouse (Also available at

It looks like a better design than the hands-free mouse. I'll let you know
how it works for the student.

On another matter, I'm looking for a device that would be used in the
classroom by a low vision user to view the blackboard, powerpoint, etc. I
thought there was a device with a "beta" in the title which looked like a
portable camcorder. It could also be connected to a laptop. Perhaps it no
longer exists. I found the ClearNote and PCMate which seem to work
similarly. Anyone have experience with these devices?



Howard Kramer
Assistive Technology Lab Coordinator
AT Conference Coordinator
Disability Services
CU-Boulder, 107 UCB
Boulder, Co 80309

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