Magnifying solutions: What portable device can I use to magnify documents?
What portable device can I use to magnify documents?
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Magnifying glasses come in a huge variety, in terms of shape, size, weight and cost, and can be purchased at many office supply stores, pharmacies and even dollar stores. Your mom could keep one permanently in her purse. To determine which magnifier is most suitable for your mom’s needs, you may wish to explore the Canadian National Institute for the Blind’s selection of magnifier and vision aids and consult with a CNIB low vision specialist. But what if she forgets her purse, the magnifying glass gets mislaid, or she brings the wrong handbag?
Another solution is for you to have a magnifying app on your smartphone (assuming your mom doesn’t carry a phone) for times when you take her out. That way, as long as you have your cellphone with you, you’re covered. Some of these magnifying apps include a flashlight component, to aid in easy reading. They range in price from free to about $2 (USD).
Below are direct links to magnifying apps for Apple devices, which can be downloaded from the App Store:
- BigMagnify - Zooming Magnifier and Mirror with Flashlight By David Cheng
- Claro MagX - High Definition Vision Enhancement By Claro Software Ltd
Below are direct links to magnifying apps for Android devices, which can be downloaded from the Google Play: