Nokia Magnifier blows up text for better viewing

magnifier_1As I mentioned before, one of the coolest sites at Nokia for people who like to play with new applications is Nokia Beta Labs. The latest release that looks like it could help those with visual impairments is Nokia Magnifier. Nokia Magnifier uses the camera on your Nokia S60 device to magnify the text of documents you are reading. I know a guy at work who would love to see something like this and he may just pick up a S60 device after I show this to him.

Nokia Magnifier has an integrated stabilizer to reduce the effects of a shaky hand and a negative filter to enable you to switch from light to dark backgrounds. You can also capture an image of the magnified text if you like.

Nokia Magnifier should work with S60 3rd Edition devices with auto-focus cameras and has been tested and verified to work on the Nokia n95, E90, and N82. Users have reported it doesn’t work on the E71, N85, and N86. I’ll try it myself on my E71 and N85, but also have an old N95 to use too.

Do you personally have a need for such an application?


6 Comments to Nokia Magnifier blows up text for better viewing

February 19, 2009

3rd Edition FP2 uses the standard Symbian auto-focus API, wherewas pre-FP2 devices used a proprietary autofocus API. It seems they are trying to use the old auto-focus API on all phones and that is why it isn’t working on those newer ones (including my N78). It should be an easy fix for Nokia since they themselves already have published example autofocus code for FP2.

One thing that was interesting about my N78: It claimed I already had Nokia Magnifier 2.0 installed and asked me to replace it with this version (0.86 IIRC). Maybe they are re-using the UID of another project.

February 19, 2009

Doesn’t work on N95-3. It says “Lens cover closed”. So not only do I not get to try the app, I also get reminded that I don’t have a lens cover.

Thorsten Hindermann
February 19, 2009

I have yet no need for this application because of the low camera capability of my N81 8GB with its (only) 2mp s sensor.

February 21, 2009

I’ll try it on my new n85 when it gets here just ordered it last night my gf kidnapped my e71 I can never have anything nice :(

Brad Barbaza
February 21, 2009

@Brian: The E71 is FP1, but is listed as not supported, so I’m not sure if that’s the cause. Maybe the landscape display is the issue?

@Thorston: 2.0 megapixel doesn’t mean low quality. I’ve printed 8x10s from my compact Sony Cybershot U50 in ideal lighting conditions. It’s 20 times the camera my 3.2 megapixel camera is on my E71. And for what this app does, 2.0 megapixel still far exceeds the display resolution of Nokia phones. That means that the Magnifier effect will still work.

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