TOPAZ™ Connectivity Pack

TOPAZ™ Connectivity Pack
TOPAZ™
Connectivity Pack
User's Guide
Freedom Scientific Blind/Low Vision Group, Inc.
July 2007
Part Number # 440340-001 Rev. D
PUBLISHED BY
Freedom Scientific
11800 31st Court North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33716-1805
USA
www.FreedomScientific.com
Information in this document is subject to change without notice. No part of this publication
may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic or mechanical, for
any purpose, without the express written permission of Freedom Scientific.
© 2007 Freedom Scientific Blind/Low Vision Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
TOPAZ™ is a trademark of Freedom Scientific Blind/Low Vision Group, Inc. in the United
States and other countries.
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Table of Contents
Introduction ..................................................................................... 1
What’s Included with the TOPAZ Connectivity Pack .................... 2
Installing the Connectivity Pack to TOPAZ ................................... 3
Attaching Components to the Pack............................................... 7
Power ............................................................................................ 9
Control Pad ................................................................................... 9
Computer Monitor ....................................................................... 10
Foot Pedal ................................................................................... 11
Distance Camera (Optional) ....................................................... 11
Using the TOPAZ Camera Controls ............................................. 12
Brightness Dial (Yellow – Left) .................................................... 14
Focus Lock Button (Orange – Second From Left) ...................... 15
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Magnification Dial (Center) ......................................................... 16
Position Locator Button (Red – Center) ...................................... 17
Video Mode Button (Blue – Second From Right) ........................ 17
Power Button (Green) ................................................................. 18
Using the Control Pad .................................................................. 19
Power Button (Green – Bottom Right) ........................................ 21
View Selection Button (Orange – Bottom Center)....................... 21
Camera Selection Button (Yellow – Bottom Left) ........................ 22
Line Button (Red – Top) .............................................................. 22
Masking Button (Blue – Center) .................................................. 23
Position Dial (Top Left) ............................................................... 23
Width Dial .................................................................................... 24
Using the Foot Pedal .................................................................... 25
What To Do If You Have Difficulty ............................................... 27
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Introduction
The TOPAZ Connectivity Pack lets you connect a computer and a
camera to the TOPAZ. The Connectivity Pack also provides:
 Additional display controls via a control pad and a foot pedal
 The ability to cycle through the document camera, an optional
distance camera (if available), and the computer screen
 Split-screen displays of the document and the computer screen,
or the distance camera and the computer screen
 Masking
 Line display
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What’s Included with the TOPAZ Connectivity Pack
The TOPAZ Connectivity Pack includes the following:
 Connectivity Pack
 Power supply
 Hand-operated control pad
 Foot pedal (with attached cable)
 RJ11 cable (for the control pad)
 TOPAZ Connectivity Pack User’s Guide
 VGA-type Computer Monitor Input Port (for computer
connection)
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Installing the Connectivity Pack to TOPAZ
The TOPAZ Connectivity Pack connects to the back of the TOPAZ
and requires no special tools or equipment to install. Before you
begin, turn off the TOPAZ move to the back of the TOPAZ.
1. Disconnect the video cable from the back of the camera module.
2. Line up the screws on the Connectivity Pack with the keyhole
locks on the back of the TOPAZ support column and slide the
Pack firmly into place. (See illustration on next page.)
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Keyhole
Locks
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Keyhole
Locks
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3. Connect the TOPAZ monitor’s video cable to the monitor video
port on the top of the Connectivity Pack.
Top view of Connectivity Pack and input port
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4. Plug one end of the short RJ45 cable into the top of the
Connectivity Pack and the other end into the rectangular RJ45
port on the back of the TOPAZ just below the power input ports.
5. Connect the power adapter to the port on the lower right of the
Connectivity Pack.
You are now ready to connect the components that you want to use
with the TOPAZ. (See the section Attaching Components to the Pack
on the next page.)
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Attaching Components to the Pack
Right-side of Connectivity Pack and input ports when
viewed from rear of TOPAZ
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Left-side view of Connectivity Pack and input ports
when viewed from rear of TOPAZ
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Power
The power connector is located on the lower left side of the
Connectivity Pack and supplies power to all the components in the
TOPAZ Connectivity Pack. To connect the power adapter, plug it into
the small round port.
Control Pad
The control pad port is located on the lower left side of the
Connectivity Pack. The control pad port is slightly smaller than the
distance camera port and just above the power input port. To connect
the external control pad to the TOPAZ, push the control pad’s cable
into the port until you hear a click. For information on using the
control pad, see the section on Using the Control Pad.
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Computer Monitor
The computer port is located on the lower right side of the
Connectivity Pack and allows you to use your TOPAZ as your
computer monitor. To connect your computer to TOPAZ, plug a VGAtype computer monitor input port cable (440340-001) into both the
monitor port on your computer and the computer input port on the
Connectivity Pack.
Note:
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Your computer must be set for a screen resolution of
1024 x 768 and at 60 Hertz. Any settings other than this
will cause the screen view to roll.
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Foot Pedal
The foot pedal port is located on the lower right side of the
Connectivity Pack. The foot pedal lets you cycle through various
screen-views as desired. The foot pedal plug is a standard 1/8”
audio-type jack which you attach directly to the foot pedal. To connect
the foot pedal to the Connectivity Pack, push the plug firmly into the
port. For more information, see the section on Using the Foot Pedal.
Distance Camera (Optional)
The optional distance camera port is located on the lower left side of
the Connectivity Pack and connects the distance camera to the
TOPAZ. The distance camera port is slightly larger than the control
pad port and just above it. To connect the distance camera, push the
camera cable into the port until you hear a click.
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Using the TOPAZ Camera Controls
The following diagram illustrates the various controls located on the
front of the TOPAZ. These controls operate differently while the
Connectivity Pack is attached. Below you will find descriptions of their
new behaviors. Each control on the camera module is described from
left to right.
Note:
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When the Connectivity Pack is connected the POWER
button on the TOPAZ will only control the TOPAZ lights
and Camera. The POWER button on the control pad will
turn the Connectivity Pack and the TOPAZ on and off
including putting the monitor in standby (you still need to
turn your computer on and off in the usual way).
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TOPAZ camera controls.
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Brightness Dial (Yellow – Left)
Turn the yellow BRIGHTNESS dial , located to the left of the
MAGNIFICATION dial, clockwise to increase the brightness of the
screen. Turn the yellow BRIGHTNESS dial
decrease the brightness.
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counter-clockwise to
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Focus Lock Button (Orange – Second From Left)
Press the orange FOCUS LOCK button to turn Auto Focus on or
off. When Auto Focus is on, the camera automatically focuses on the
object closest to the camera. When Auto Focus is off, TOPAZ does
not adjust the camera focus. Turning Auto Focus off makes it easier
to write or work with an object, because the camera will not
automatically focus on your hand. During normal operation, it is
recommended that you leave Auto Focus on.
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Magnification Dial (Center)
The MAGNIFICATION dial is located in the center of the camera
control panel. This control allows you to change the level of
magnification. A high level of magnification can help you see small
text and details. A low level of magnification allows you to see more
of the item on the screen. Turn the MAGNIFICATION dial to the left
to decrease the magnification level. Turn the MAGNIFICATION dial
to the right to increase the magnification level.
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Position Locator Button (Red – Center)
The red POSITION LOCATOR button
is located just below the
MAGNIFICATION dial. Press this button to turn the Position Locator
beam on or off. When on, a red dot appears on your document at the
location where the camera is pointing. This helps you determine
where to position items that you want to magnify so they are visible
on the screen, or where to place your pen when writing.
Video Mode Button (Blue – Second From Right)
Press the blue VIDEO MODE button
to cycle through the default
video modes. You can choose from full color, enhanced positive
image (black on white), enhanced negative image (white on black),
black and white, blue on yellow, and yellow on blue. Use the video
mode that best suits your vision requirements.
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Note:
Any video configurations made prior to connecting the
Connectivity Pack will not be available. Reconfigure the
TOPAZ in the same manner after the Connectivity Pack
has been connected. The keystroke for restoring factory
defaults is pressing and holding the orange, yellow, blue,
and red buttons on the Connectivity Pack control pad for
10 seconds.
Power Button (Green)
The green POWER button
on the TOPAZ will only control the
power to the lights and camera when the Connectivity Pack is
connected. Use the green POWER button
on the external control
pad when connected to the Connectivity Pack to turn the TOPAZ on
and off.
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Using the Control Pad
The hand-operated control pad gives you access to additional
functions of the TOPAZ. The control pad lets you:
 View a full-screen display of the document camera, the optional
distance camera, or the computer screen
 Display split-screen views of the computer screen and the
document camera or the computer screen and the distance
camera
 Mask unnecessary parts of the screen so that you can focus on
specific lines of text only
 Display guidelines to help you maintain your place while reading
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Using the control pad is covered on the following pages.
The TOPAZ hand-operated control pad
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Power Button (Green – Bottom Right)
Press the POWER button
to turn on or off the Connectivity Pack.
View Selection Button (Orange – Bottom Center)
Press the VIEW SELECTION button
to cycle through a full-screen
view of the computer screen, a split-screen view of the computer and
the selected camera, and a full-screen view of the camera.
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Camera Selection Button (Yellow – Bottom Left)
If a secondary camera is connected, press the CAMERA
SELECTION button
to switch between the document camera
and the secondary camera. This switches the camera image you are
viewing. (If there is no secondary camera connected, pressing this
button will bring up a blue screen in the camera view).
Line Button (Red – Top)
Press the LINE button
to display horizontal guidelines that help
you read lines of text. Press the button again to display vertical lines
to help you read columns of text. Press the button a third time to turn
off the line display.
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Masking Button (Blue – Center)
Press the MASKING button
to turn masking on and off and to
switch between horizontal and vertical masking.
In the split-screen mode the MASKING button switches from
horizontal split-screen mode to vertical split-screen mode.
Position Dial (Top Left)
Turn the POSITION dial
to move the primary line up or down. The
primary line helps you maintain your place while reading. Turn the
dial to the left to move the primary line upward. Turn the dial to the
right to move the line downward.
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In the split-screen mode, the POSITION dial will move your camera
view to the opposite side of the screen to provide access to the rest
of your computer desktop.
Width Dial
The WIDTH dial
controls the distance between the primary line
and a second line. The secondary line, or boundary line, defines your
reading area and the area that you want to mask. Turn the WIDTH
dial counter-clockwise to move it closer to the primary line to mask a
greater area, or clockwise to move it farther from the primary line to
mask a smaller area.
In the split-screen mode the WIDTH dial changes the amount of the
screen each view screen uses.
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Using the Foot Pedal
The foot pedal lets you cycle through the views offered by the
TOPAZ.
The TOPAZ Connectivity Pack foot pedal
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With no optional distance camera attached you can show:
 The computer view
 A split-screen view of the computer and the document
 The document only view
With the optional distance camera attached you can show:
 The computer view
 A split-screen view of the computer and the distance camera
 The distance camera view
 The document only view
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What To Do If You Have Difficulty
Contact the Freedom Scientific Technical Support Department for
technical assistance with the TOPAZ Connectivity Pack. To contact
Freedom Scientific Technical Support by telephone within the United
States, call (727) 803-8600, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM to
7:00 PM, Eastern Daylight Time. Alternatively, e-mail your questions
to Support@FreedomScientific.com.
If you cannot resolve your issue visit www.FreedomScientific.com.
Select Support to search the Knowledge Base. The Knowledge Base
contains articles that address common questions and technical
issues concerning Freedom Scientific products.
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Note:
This device has no user-serviceable components. Any
unauthorized attempt to service or replace internal
components will void the product’s warranty.
When you call be sure to have your documentation available and be
prepared to provide the following information:
 Product name
 A detailed description of the problem
 What you were doing when the problem occurred
 How you attempted to resolve the problem
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