The Best Is Yet to Come
As interesting as the software is, it's really just a first step for the Lean & Zoom team. The company expects to introduce a version for Google's Android operating system this summer that will use the forward facing camera on a smartphone as an input device. While you can already expand the content of many smartphone apps, there are other programs that do not enable zooming. But for some people an even greater problem is the home screen, where you can have as many as 24 icons on a very small piece of real estate. Enhancing that page with Lean & Zoom will allow you to read those icons without pulling out your pocket magnifier. Unfortunately, you shouldn't expect to see the software on Apple's iPhone any time soon. Apple has so far not allowed Lean & Zoom access to the iPhone's front facing camera.
Lean & Zoom is working on partnerships that will integrate the software into websites and operating systems. It's also working on new capabilities that will enable head movement to scroll or turn a page.
Lean & Zoom definitely enhances the user experience for those of us who are visually challenged. For me, it means being able to make much easier use of my 13-inch MacBook Air without resorting to a combination of keystrokes for zooming. And I don't have to read the fine print to see good things coming when Lean & Zoom makes its way on to smartphones.