Orbit Reader 20

A Low-Cost Breakthrough for Refreshable Braille!

Orbit Reader 20 product picture with control keys labeled

The high cost of refreshable braille devices (mechanical braille generated by computer-driven pins) has remained nearly constant for over 30 years. The Transforming Braille Group LLC agreed to fund development of a new technology proposed by Orbit Research. This technology maximizes simplicity, reliability, and greatly reduces cost.

Learn exciting details of the Orbit Reader 20 in this special article by APH’s Larry Skutchan.

Orbit Reader 20, with notes highlighting the control keys

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Announcing the Orbit Reader 20™

Working with Orbit Research, APH is proud to announce that the “Orbit Reader 20” will be available from APH by spring, 2017.

The Orbit Reader 20 will have a price point dramatically lower than similar devices on the market today. The Orbit Reader 20 is a small, portable device featuring:

Using the Orbit Reader 20

As a Stand-Alone Device: Users can read braille content stored on an SD card that plugs into the Orbit Reader 20. Content is loaded onto the card in one of two ways:

Connected to a Computer or Tablet: Users can connect the Orbit Reader 20 to a computer or portable device that uses a screen reader to:

Read High-Quality Transcribed Braille: There are multiple sources of available files transcribed into high quality braille. Some examples are: the National Library Service (NLS), American Printing House for the Blind (APH), and National Braille Press (NBP).

Read “Quick and Dirty” Braille: You may also use free translation software on the web to obtain “quick and dirty” braille. Some examples are: bookshare.org (generates braille formatted files from the titles in its library); DAISY Pipeline; and APH’s “Send to Braille.”


Orbit Reader 20 ports

To Order

Orbit Reader 20: $TBA

Note: The Orbit Reader 20 will be released by spring, 2017 and will be available for purchase from the American Printing House for the Blind.

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