Book Reading Aid for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Deployment and Operation Instructions

Below you will find video and text instructions about the deployment and operation of the book reading aid.

Introduction:

Fopydo Book Reading Aid facilitates reading printed books and batches of unbound documents. The actual reading is done by an application like knfbReader, Prizmo or TextGrabber and you need to have experience with at least one of these apps. The book reading aid holds book pages so that pages do not turn by themselves. In case of batches of unbound documents, it holds all documents in place and flat for reading. In addition, the book reading aid includes a stand for your mobile device that eliminates the need to adjust the position of your mobile device while reading a book or a batch of documents. The stand can be purchased separately from the base for single page document reading - look for Fopydo Scanning Stand for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Below are instructions in English.

  • Instructions in French prepared by Anne Robertson can be downloaded here.

Assembly Instructions:

If you plan to use the stand without the base, the stand can be erected after removal from the base. In this case, instructions for rotating the foam pads can be ignored. If you are using the stand only, any instructions for the base can also be ignored. Place a folded book reading aid on the table with the flat side down. Rotate it so that the longer edge is facing you. Slide out the foam pad on the side that is further from you till it is clear off the base. The foam pad is connected to the base using wires that slide out. You can push the pad out using your thumbs and use your fingers to hold the edge of the base. Do not remove the wires from the base, just slide the wires out till the foam pad is entirely clear off the base. Rotate the foam pad till the side with foam points towards the base. The rotation is a 270 degree rotation, the foam pad is now 90 degrees from the base.

NOTE: the foam pad rotates in one direction only, towards the base. There are breaking tabs to prevent the foam pad from making a complete circle. The tabs stop the pad from moving while securing book pages from moving. The tabs also aid in determining the direction of rotation. Rotate the base so that the side with the rotated foam pad is facing you. Slide the second foam pad out till it is clear off the base. Rotate the second foam pad till the side with foam points towards the base. Lift the stand off the base.

NOTE: The stand is held in place by foam pads for transport or storage. Once foam pads are extended off the base, the stand can be lifted. Micro-suction tape on the side of the stand facing the base may adhere slightly to the base and you may hear a sound once the micro-suction tape gets detached.

The stand needs to be erected. First hold the stand vertically on the short edge so that the stand wires are on the table and the short edge with the hinge is at the top. Rotate both stand wires by 90 degrees towards the side of the stand without wires.

NOTE: Wires support the stand in a vertical position. The wires and the vertical support now make an L shape.

If you purchased the stand separately from the base, the wires have vinyl end caps. You need to remove the vinyl end caps from the wire tips to use the stand with the base. Pull the end caps off the wires. Fold the side of the stand without wires in half towards the side with wires. A tab at the end of the side without wires goes into a matching opening on the side with wires -- this opening is located about 3 inches below the top hinge.

NOTE: This last step creates a top shelf for placing the mobile device. Before the first time the stand is folded the fold line will feel like a slightly indented ridge. Fold the stand along this indented line so that the line is on the inside of the fold. When completed the hinge and the shelf and slanting support will make a triangle. The hinge and the vertical support will be at 90 degrees from the short part of the folded  side of the stand, with the folded part of this side angling towards the vertical support and down towards the wire supports. The top part of this triangle is the shelf. The micro suction tape can be felt on the top part of the shelf near the tactile marker. Combine the stand with the base by sliding the wire tips into the marked notches on the short edge of the base. The notches are located on both short sides of the base, so either side may be used. Leave a gap about two inches wide between the vertical wall of the stand and base. This gap facilitates fitting a book on the base. There are tactile marker holes on the vertical support of the stand to help in raising the shelf level. The wires will fill all of these holes when the stand is not raised to increase its height.

 

Operation Instructions:

Slide the foam pads out as necessary, if the spine of the book does not fit easily between the foam pads. Open the book approximately in the middle and place the spine of the book in the middle of the foam pads. Slide the pads in to hold the book in place.

NOTE: Books are widest when open in the middle because the width of the spine is added to the width of the front cover and the back cover.

The base is close in size to an international A4 or a US letter size sheet of paper. If the book fits entirely on the base it can be read like a sheet of paper. In this case, slide the stand wires all the way towards the base. Place your mobile device on the top shelf of the stand. The camera of your mobile device should be about a finger width in front of a tactile marker in the middle of the top shelf. The short edge of your mobile device should reach over the ledge of the top shelf. If the book does not fit entirely on the base, let the same width hang out on each side. Slide the stand wires until the vertical wall of the stand touches the book's cover. You need to raise the stand up by about the same distance that the book cover hangs out beyond the base. Place your mobile device on the top shelf of the stand. The camera of your mobile device should be about the same distance in front of a tactile marker in the middle of the top shelf that the book cover hangs out beyond the base - in this way the camera is above the middle of the book. The short edge of your mobile device should reach over the ledge of the top shelf. If you scan a batch of documents the placement of the camera is the same as for the book that fits entirely on the base. Turn the book to the first page and start reading page by page using your application of choice. You may loosen one of the foam pads to make it easier to turn the book from the middle to the first page. The best way to turn a page is to slide your finger below the page towards the spine of the book and then across to the other side, let the foam pad hold the page once it turns over. If you have a problem reading a thicker book, just raise the stand about an inch more without moving the camera.

 

Document orientation:

For single sheets or a stack of single pages, place the material to be scanned so the bottom of the text is furthest from the stand vertical support and towards the open wire ends. The document should fit between the wire supports and the top of page or pages should touch the vertical support. If you are using the stand with the base and scanning a single sheet or a stack of papers, the top of the text should be nearest the vertical support and the bottom of the text will be on the side of the base opposite the vertical support. Make sure the foam pads are off the base so the documents can rest flat on the base. If you want to secure a stack of papers, you can use the foam pads to secure a thick stack of papers. The foam pads secure the stack of papers on the left and right edges of the document.

NOTE: This orientation is different from scanning a book. When a book is scanned it is secured at the top and bottom with the spine of the book in the center of the foam pads.

To scan a book, place the book so that the top and bottom of the pages are towards the foam pads. The left page should be towards the vertical support, and the right page should be on the side nearest the open side. All text should be facing up.

NOTE: knfbReader and TextGrabber applications identify text orientation automatically, so if you are using these applications text will be read even if documents or books are placed upside-down.

 

Dis-Assembly Instructions:

Disconnect the stand from the base by sliding out the stand wires from the base. Remove the tab locking the top shelf of the stand.

NOTE: First lift the tab up and then remove it from the opening.

Rotate the stand wires by 90 degrees and fold the stand flat.

NOTE: There is a locking tab at the center of the side with wires. This locking tab may be pushed through a matching opening on the side without wires to keep both sides  locked - this is useful when the stand is transported without the base. You can also do this if you want the extra security when storing the stand on the base. If you have vinyl end caps, you can replace them on the stand if you used it with the base by pushing the end caps on to the wires. Slide both foam tabs out off the base and then rotate foam pads so that the side with the foam is facing down, to reduce the height. Foam pads rotate out in the direction away from the base.

Place a folded stand on the base, the side with the wires should be on top. The side without wires has a strip of micro suction tape attached to it. The micro suction tape will not collect dust when it is on the base. However, if necessary, the micro suction strip may be cleaned using a moist paper towel or cloth. The stand is made of corrugated plastic that is water resistant, but avoid soaking the stand itself since the stand would have to dry before it can be used to read documents. The micro-suction tape is used to help holding the device in place while scanning. Slide both foam pads on top of the folded stand, onto the base.

NOTE: Foam pads keep the folded stand in place on the base. The zip-lock bag protects the Fopydo Book Reading Aid from moisture. It is recommended to store the reader in the bag.

We hope that the book reading aid will serve you well that it will make it easy for you to read printed books and documents.