- Product Overview
Mercury 13 Pro is a touchscreen tablet magnifier and text-to-speech scanner, powered by a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet. For people with Low Vision, Mercury functions as both a high definition desktop magnifier, and as an accessible Windows "laptop" with screen magnification software.
The product described here is the fully optioned device, but it is possible to purchase fewer modules if they are not required, or save by supplying your own Surface tablet - ask about our BYOD option.
Books and objects placed under the screen are magnified to suit individual low vision needs (magnification and contrast) much as they would be on a larger desktop magnifier, but, being compact, lightweight and foldable, the Mercury can be transported easily, opening up many more options for people - in the home, at school, and in meetings.
For longer document reading, the Mercury 13 Pro can quickly scan and read out loud any printed material, and as it is reading, move a highlight through the onscreen image. For those people preferring high contrast and a word-wrapped view, it is possible to switch to a reformatted view with larger fonts and solid background colours. Earbuds or headphones can be plugged in for privacy, including popular Bluetooth headsets.
For reading and viewing objects and text at a distance - for example in a seminar, or a classroom - there is the Mercury Distance camera, which can zoom 5x with crystal-clear clarity and image stability. The user can flip between Distance Camera, and document camera, or combine the two simultaneously using the Split-Screen.
- If you don't require the Distance Camera, we can quote for Mercury Pro without that - see here for more information and pricing.
An optional extra screen (Dual Monitor) expands the viewing area when used with Split-Screen and the Distance Camera. For example, a student can zoom the Distance Camera with the second monitor for the Whiteboard, whilst writing notes in her coursebook shown on the main Mercury screen. Or, at a public talk, you could zoom in on the Powerpoint presentation whilst reading a handout.
Though the Mercury 13 Pro is primarily a portable electronic magnifier and text-to-speech system, it can also be used as a Windows laptop computer - it comes with a large print Bluetooth keyboard and integrated mouse, and you can run a choice of screen magnification software making Windows accessible to people with low vision. Some people will enjoy online games like Wordle, Solitaire and perhaps some social media apps like Facebook - others will use the Mercury as a fully-fledged Windows computer!
The Mercury Pro 13 system comes with Mercury ReadDesk software, which consists of auto-focus magnification for reading, writing and practical work, together with a powerful and accurate text-to-speech reader that will read out loud any printed text e.g. textbooks and brochures, with a choice of voices and 17 languages. The ReadDesk software can also reformat or reflow the text onscreen into a single column of large font text with a choice of high contrast backgrounds.
Tablet-based Windows laptop that is a portable electronic magnifier and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) text reader for those with low vision or reading difficulties
13-inch HD Touch Screen with no-lag live magnification; 5 MP Camera with LED Light
accurate full-page OCR; choice of natural sounding voices; headphone jack and Bluetooth for privacy
Portable, integrated, foldable, lightweight yet sturdy metal frame easily folds up with the tablet into included Mercury carry bag
- Distance camera up to 5 meters as well as full 360-degree rotation. Direct USB connection to tablet, so no issues with wireless dropout or lag.
- Split-screen function can display Distance camera, and Document camera simultaneously
- Optional extra Dual Monitor available if split-screen is too small
Includes: Mercury 13" Surface Pro i5 tablet with frame; ReadDesk magnification and scanning software; Large character Bluetooth keyboard, Carry Case; Power Charger; Charging cable; User Manual