Fiber Optic Reading Magnifiers for the Visually Impaired
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A comparison between the TaperMag and a lensThis device fuses thousands of glass fibers together and stretches them so that they form a taper that provides distortion free magnification and increased illumination across a printed page. These features coupled with the frictionless page contact surface facilitates reading for people with visual impairment. Our tapers have a patented design that improves ergonomics and increases contrast





Walter P. Siegmund
Brief Bio
1925-2012
Walter was Eli's partner in founding and creating TaperVision.

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TaperVision Inc.

TaperMags Are Superior to Lenses!

TaperMags provide low distortion images!
The magnified image has uniform brightness that is even brighter than the surrounding page!
The real image is formed on the top surface and can be viewed simultaneously with both eyes!
The print is much larger because the image is closer to the eye than when using a lens magnifier!
Viewing is more comfortable because a larger area of the page can be scanned without changing head position, as is necessary with a lens magnifier!
TaperMags can be easily moved around the page with no focusing!
Annoying reflections are easier to avoid!
TaperMags can be used with reading glasses!

Patents:

US patent #5,511,141, Peli E, Fiber Optic Reading Magnifiers, 4/23/96
 
US patent #5,600,751, Peli E, Fiber Optic Reading Magnifiers, 2/4/97. A fiberoptic magnifier based on these patents was manufactured and distributed by Taper Vision Inc., Pomfret, CT

Grant Support

NIH/R43-EY1500(SBIR I)
Fiber Optic Reading Magnifiers for Visually Impaired
Awarded to TaperVision Inc. (E. Peli, President)
NIH/R43- EY11569 (SBIR I)
Large, Light-Weight Fiber Optic Reading Magnifier
Awarded to TaperVision Inc. (E. Peli, President)
NIH/R42-EY1500(SBIR II)
Fiber Optic Reading Magnifiers for Visually Impaired.
Awarded to TaperVision Inc. (E. Peli, President)

Publications

Peli E, Fine EM, Kirschen MP. (1996) Reading with a stand magnifier effect of number of letters on reading rate. Technical Digest on Vision Science and its Applications, Technical Digest Series. [PDF 24 KB]
Peli E, Siegmund WP. (1996) A novel fiber optic reading magnifier for low vision reading. Vision '96 V International Conference on Low Vision. Proceedings. [PDF 308 KB]
Fine EM, Kirschen MP, Peli E. (1996) The necessary field of view to read with an optimal stand magnifier. Journal of the American Optometric Association 67:382-388 [PDF 648 KB]
Peli E, Siegmund WP. (1995) Fiber-optic reading magnifiers for the visually impaired. J Opt Soc Am A 12(10): 2274-2285 [PDF 796 KB]

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