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Orbit Reader 20

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 new technology makes it possible for APH to offer the Orbit Reader 20™ for only $449!

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Orbit Reader 20: $449.00 + shipping

Orbit Reader 20, with notes highlighting the control keys

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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:

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: (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


Orbit Reader 20 ports

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

Compared to APH’s Refreshabraille 18