[Athen] Using HD webcam as portable magnifier?

Sean J Keegan skeegan at stanford.edu
Wed Apr 4 14:55:04 PDT 2012

Hello all,

Has anyone tried using an HD webcam for a laptop as a substitute for a
portable magnifier in the classroom?

I am familiar with the "portable" options like the Clarity PCMate and
the Onyx Swing Arm, but these are designed for Windows computers and I
am dealing with a Mac. Additionally, there is a desire to have a very
discreet solution such that it does not take up much space in the class.

Most webcams are designed for video chat or displaying an image that is
within a few feet of the camera, but has anyone tried an HD version? I
am thinking about options where the student sits in the front of the
class with images displayed on chalkboards/whiteboards.

Take care,

Sean Keegan
Associate Director, Assistive Technology
Office of Accessible Education - Stanford University

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