Orbit Reader 20
A Low-Cost Breakthrough for Refreshable Braille!
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.
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:
- 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.”
- 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
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.