Orbit Reader 20
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 new technology makes it possible for APH to offer the Orbit Reader 20™ for only $449!
The Orbit Reader 20 is currently out of stock. Please follow APH social media for an announcement about availability.
Orbit Reader 20: Refreshable Braille for Everyone!
Working with Orbit Research, APH is proud to announce that the Orbit Reader 20 is now available!
The Orbit Reader 20 has a price point dramatically lower than similar devices on the market today. The Orbit Reader 20 is a small, portable device featuring:
- Refreshable display of 20 braille cells with pins that represent any six- or eight-dot braille code
- Reads the contents of files on an SD (Secure Digital™) card for stand-alone operation
- Connects to computers and portable devices via USB or Bluetooth™ for use with a screen reader
- Braille input keys
- Includes simple note-taking capability
- Rechargeable batteries (user replaceable)
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:
- Sent by a library
- Prepared on a computer and copied to the card
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:
- Use apps like Kindle®, Adobe Digital Editions®, or iBooks® to read commercially available titles in braille
- Employ any accessible technology for browsing, utilities, and education
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.”
For additional information, including the Orbit Reader 20 User Guide and What’s New, go to tech.aph.org/or20.
- 20 eight-dot refreshable braille cells
- Eight braille input keys and space bar
- Five-way arrow and select control keys
- 2 panning control bars
- Micro-B USB charging/communication port
- SD card slot
- Power button
- Bluetooth radio
Compared to APH’s Refreshabraille 18
- Orbit Reader 20 measures approximately 6.6W x 4.4D x 1.4H inches
- Refreshabraille 18™ measures approximately 5.1W x 3.5D x 1H inches.
- Orbit Reader 20 weighs approximately 16 oz.
- Refreshabraille 18 weighs approximately 11 oz.
Learn more about the Refreshabraille 18.