Some Comments on a Closed Circuit TV System for the Visually Handicapped

by Samuel M. Genensky

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Text of a presentation to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry in December 1968, outlining RAND's efforts to design and construct a closed circuit television (CCTV) system to aid the visually handicapped. Defined as those with poor vision even with the aid of eyeglasses, the visually handicapped could be helped toward more productive lives by an increase in image magnification and light intensity or brightness. RAND's prototype CCTV system is simple and inexpensive, consisting mainly of a TV monitor on an adjustable shelf, a TV camera capable of rotating on a fixed horizontal axis, and a working surface to support the materials used. This system has been tested and found valuable to individuals in a wide age span for many uses. Several desirable prototype devices are yet to be designed and built, for which financial support is being solicited. (See also RM-5672-RC.)

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