Thank you to those who frequently follow my silly and sometimes serious stories. I temporarily need to use this space to advertise the ‘megafta’ that finally got a name.
The Pad Perch.
It is not a device holder, but a rest on which you can place your iPhone or iPad (some androids fit too) so that you can use it as an electronic magnifier. This fantastic function is on most smart devices, but zooming in on anything is largely counterproductive if you cannot hold the camera still… hence tripods for photography. I often need both hands free underneath a magnifier so that I can pick up stitches in my knitting, put plasters on cuts, replace a battery, read medicine inserts (try that with one hand holding phone still). It also allows the display screen to be close to my blurry eyes while I still sit up relatively straight (posture problems and low vision are close acquaintances). It gives me freedom to write, fill in forms and, my favourite, colouring in.
The iPhone has a particularly useful magnifier that you turn on in accessibility settings. It has a lock button which locks the focus on the page, so that when you write, the camera does not focus on your hand or the pen. It has a useful flashlight setting and many options of color filters and brightness to cater for various eye conditions. All of the features are great, but not very useful if you cannot hold the phone or pad still, hence the need for a perch!
Pad Perch pitch
This stand is collapsable,, adjustable, lightweight, and easily moved from desk to counter to coffee table (for toenail painting) to the work bench. It is free from grips so you can lift up one side to take freeze frames of screens, boards and posters while still resting on a base.
It is not just fun for LOVI’S …my new term for us with low vision (who-are not totally blind) , but also for those who just want to slouch on the couch with a Pad on the Perch and search (this is sounding like a Dr. Seuss story book) or watch their favourite series or play their games without getting a cramp in the forearms.
For LOVIS in our third world setting, there is a very slim chance of getting access to desk top magnifiers or screen reading software (unless you are employed by a company that complies with current policy and is willing to make the relevant accommodations). The solution to access technology is usually in your pocket, but now, it is not your wallet….but your phone! Some of the Apps for low vision are expensive, but there are free alternatives that are perhaps more cumbersome. The camera on most phones can zoom in adequately and if you add the `zoom gesture (activated in accessibility settings) it is fantastic….especially if you can put it on a perch.
The stand is also useful if you use an OCR App like KNFB reader. If that sounds like gibberish, that is an application on your phone that uses the camera to capture an image of a page e.g a magazine article, and then it cleverly identifies the text and reads it aloud to you. Because the perch is static, you just need to position the document in the same place each time. Yes, that takes a little practice, but is very helpful if scanning a batch , like a whole chapter of a text book.
(FYI, KNFB reader can be used to read Pdf’s from your email and is fabulous because you turn the pages with your fingers like a normal book and it makes that cool swishy sound).
So stop your search, pick up a perch by emailing me at email@example.com to order this R500 gadget (You need to pay postage, but it’s very light) and you will have a real eye – opener!
For the sake of seeing
FREE YOUR HANDS
PAD PERCH TODAY R500 (excl postage)
Sign up for a personal lesson on how to use:
Magnifier and related gestures
Zoom and related gestures
Siri and dictation
KNFB reader – scans and text in English and Afrikaans
Or search on You Tube (Facebook page and links coming soon)
Cape Town: Durbanville, Pinelands, Somerset West, or by arrangement.
Cost R200 per hour. Call Jenny: +(27)84 531 2122
To Order (South Africa only) email: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject line: Pad Perch Orderwith the following detail:
Postage Type: courier, Postnet to Postnet or registered mail.