The Sightsavers Dolphin Pen

The Sightsavers Dolphin Pen

The Sightsavers Dolphin Pen is a low-cost, lightweight pen drive with SuperNova, a screen magnifier and screen reader, designed to benefit those living in some of the world's poorest communities.
It enables visually impaired people in Africa and other developing countries to gain the same access to computers as sighted people - and so to develop their skills and employment prospects.
This is an exciting venture because it is the first time a world-ranked assistive technology manufacturer has collaborated with an NGO (non-government organisation) to make high-quality product such as this available at cost price to eligible overseas projects.

  • Users can take magnification and speech with them to any PC.
  • Easy to use and quick to set up. Simply plug in and go (download the free Dolphin Pen Interceptor for optimum performance).
  • Lightweight yet robust. Fits in a pocket.
  • Gives independence to produce documents, send email and surf the web.
  • Will be made available in schools and universities wherever possible.

Listen to Noel Duffy speaking about the Sightsavers Pen from Techshare Africa (MP3).

Robin Spinks of Sightsavers International says: "Blind and low vision computer users can now carry their assistive software on a pen drive and use it on any PC. This represents a huge step forward for visually impaired computer users in developing countries."

Who are Sightsavers International?

Sightsavers works to combat blindness, restoring sight through specialist treatment and eye care. They also support people who are irreversibly blind by providing education, counseling and training.  Helping the people who need it most - those living in poverty in the world's poorest countries.

African countries eligible for the Pen.
If you represent an NGO operating in Africa and you wish to distribute the Sightsavers Dolphin Pen in an eligible African country, please contact SANCB (external link).

Other developing countries where the Pen may be distributed. 
If you represent an NGO, operating in an eligible territory outside Africa and you wish to enquire about distributing the Sightsavers Dolphin Pen please contact our sales office.

Distributors of the Sightsavers Dolphin Pen must agree to the Sightsavers Dolphin Pen Treaty (PDF document).