Lumin

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Description of App: 

Super Powers For Your Eyes!Lumin is an electronic magnifying glass for your iPhone or iPod. Not only does it magnify items, it can also keep a running history of images and can save or share these images with your friends via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Locked images can be magnified 10 time or even more with ideal lighting, and can also be mirrored to your Dropbox account.Lumin also controls the camera flash on your device, so you can magnify dark, hard-to-reach places with ease.Lumin is:

  • a set of high-resolution reading glasses, always with you
  • a versatile magnifying glass that works with either camera on your device
  • a quick-capture camera that does not store images to your library unless you choose to
  • a quick-share mechanism for sending captured images via email, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

For such a simple utility, the uses you’ll find for Lumin are endless:

  • read restaurant menus with ease, even in low light
  • read and share wine bottle labels
  • zoom the fine print on contracts
  • grab the serial number - in the dark - on the back of that cable box
  • check your teeth, or makeup
  • capture quick images you don’t want in your photo library, but do want to send somewhere
  • look bugs in the eye
  • see what’s under the couch, or the seat of your car
  • send a close-up of your kid’s bruise to the doc

Your imagination is the limit!* use of the camera flash/torch is limited to iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s models.

Apple Watch Support: 

Not Known

Version: 

2.0

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPod Touch
iPad

Accessibility Comments: 

The accessibility with VoiceOver is not great with this app. It is possible to get to the on-screen buttons, but they fade after a few seconds of not pressing one. Then you have to double tap to get the back and try to navigate them. It could be a lot easier.

Other than that, Lumin is a great video magnifier. I have set my iPad 3 on a monitor arm with a holder made by Sanus. That way, I can orient my iPad facing down at the table and use it like a desktop CCTV with the help of Lumin. The very best thing about Lumin is that you can pinch to zoom in on the image. This means that I can position the iPad to view an entire piece of paper and pinch to zoom in to my desired level of magnification. And the magnification goes far enough in to where a 12 point font takes up a quarter of the screen! That being said, I would not use this app with my iPod 4th gen. The camera on it does not focus at short distances, whereas the new iPad does amazingly near and far.

Definitely worth checking out for low vision folks. There have been a lot of overpriced magnification apps. This one is definitely worth the 2 bucks.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling: 

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.