Vispero combines two Latin words: visio and spero. Visio means “the vision"; and spero, “hope". At Vispero we are driven in our mission of providing hope, determination, and independence through our complementary family of brands.
Vispero is the world’s largest assistive technology provider for the visually impaired. Although officially formed in 2016, our brands Freedom Scientific, Enhanced Vision, Optelec, and TPG Interactive, share a long, rich history as industry leaders dating back to 1975.
We develop and deliver innovative solutions that enable blind and low vision individuals to reach their full potential – to gain an education, obtain employment, succeed in professional careers, and live independently throughout their lives.
Vispero is proud to operate in 90 countries worldwide, with products localized in over 24 languages.
As the prevalence of age-related eye diseases like macular degeneration steadily rise, assistive technology plays an increasingly vital role, resulting in a growing demand for low vision devices and services. Vispero is uniquely positioned to address these challenges head-on by providing the tools necessary to meet the needs of the low vision population through our far-reaching distribution network.
Our family of brands deliver a superior line of optical and video magnifiers; wearables; scanning and reading devices; and easy-to-use software. Vispero’s partnership with key organizations and advocacy groups keep us in the forefront of the low vision industry.
Vispero timeline of key milestones
Mr. F.J. Tieman (later Optelec) developed the first video magnifier.
Tieman obtained first patent on Braille cell technology.
Blazie Engineering releases Braille N’ Speak Braille notetaker1988 Optelec launches first-generation of video magnifiers.
Henter-Joyce releases JAWS for MS-DOS screen reading software.
Ai Squared is established, introducing ZoomText screen magnification software for MS-DOS.
Arkenstone introduces OpenBook, OCR (optical character recognition) scanning/ reading software.
Ai Squared releases ZoomText for Windows.
Telesensory develops PowerBraille line of Braille displays (Blazie later purchased).
Henter-Joyce releases JAWS for Windows screen reading software.
Enhanced Vision was established, launches the V-MAX one of the first head-worn magnifiers.
Tieman acquires Optelec USA and Optelec Canada.
Freedom Scientific formed by combining Blazie Engineering, Henter-Joyce and Arkenstone.
Freedom Scientific releases modern Focus Braille displays.
Tieman changes name to Optelec, and acquires the ALVA Braille display business.
Freedom Scientific expands hardware segment, adding first-generation video magnifiers.
Freedom Scientific launches second-generation of hardware products.