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Computer Hardware for the Blind

Adaptive computer hardware options for the blind include the following output devices:

Refreshable Braille Displays that enable computer output to be read in Braille.

Braille Embossers for printing Braille on papers, labels, etc.

 

RefreshableBraille Displays

Software, Vendor, Price, Link

Description

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Alva BC640

VisionCue
$795
w/ Feature Pack $5495
http://www.
visioncue.com/

 

The ALVA BC640's powerful features provide complete access in virtually any situation. Connect your BC640 to any modern PC via the USB connection and you’ll have immediate Windows access with the built-in ALVA Access Utility. The BC640 is equipped with BlueTooth for a liberating, wireless connection to your computer or cellular phone.

The ALVA BC640 Feature Pack The optional Braille Audio Feature Pack transforms your ALVA BC640 into more than just a Braille display. With 8 dot Braille input and stereo audio output, using the Feature Pack in conjunction with a SmartPhone* gives you all the capabilities and more of a traditional notetaker. Take notes, schedule appointments, read and write email and text messages, surf the web and manage your contacts anywhere using your ALVA BC640 with Feature Pack. Plus you can use the Braille input keys for Grade 2 text entry in Word and other text applications.

 

Alva Delphi 4400

VisionCue
$cost
http://www.
visioncue.com/

 

The ALVA Delphi braille display presents the information on your screen not only in braille but also in speech. With an optimal interaction between braille and speech, you work faster, more efficiently and more accurately. Should you work with Windows, the speech synthesizer tells you how to navigate.

When so desired, the ALVA Delphi braille display can be combined with the ALVA Keypad and ALVA Spacepad. These offer extra user ease and greater screen overview information. With the ALVA Feelme program, the text from the braille display can be made visible on a second computer. Sighted people can then follow exactly what you are reading on the braille display which facilitates optimal instruction and guidance

Depending on the Delphi model selected, you can read forty or eighty characters. The ease of using the braille display is increased with the provision of a double row of touch cursors. With the first row of touch cursors, you quickly and effectively steer the mouse. With the second row of touch cursors, you activate the speech synthesizer which provides supplemental information with regard to the text on your screen. You hear, for example, which letter type and print color are being used, when a particular menu item has been selected and whether the text has been underlined so that hyper-links can be easily selected.

In combination with the braille display, you can employ a wide range of graphic screen readers in addition to the MS DOS screen readers: ALVA's outSPOKEN for Windows (of course) but also Jaws, Virgo, Protalk, SWB, Visiobraille and SRD/2. Whether you want to write a letter with Word, make a calculation with Excel or surf the Internet with Netscape...it can all be done with the ALVA Delphi.

 

Braille Voyager 44

Optelec USA, Inc.
$
http://www.
optelec.com/


With  the Braille Voyager, the Braille user has complete control of the PC  or laptop directly from the Braille display. Using the Braille keyboard  for Windows functionality lessens dependence on a specific screen reader as well as takes advantage of the use of standard Windows commands, minimizing the need for specialized training. Function keys on the  Braille Voyager display can be customized for specific commands. From  e-mailing to word processing, this added functionality eliminates the  need to repeatedly move your hands between the computer keyboard and  the Braille display.

The Braille Voyager brings you true USB connectivity with industry standard  plug-and-play technology. Whereas other Braille displays rely on internal,  expendable batteries for their power source, the Braille Voyager uses the same  battery source that powers your laptop or PC, thus eliminating the bulk, weight  and replacement costs associated with extra batteries. Designed with portability  and power management in mind, Braille Voyager's impact on battery life  is minimal, less of a power drain than using a standard CD drive!

The Braille Voyager 44 is designed to work as a USB plug & play  device with any laptop or PC with Windows '98, Windows XP, Windows ME or Windows 2000, and works with all screen reader software.

Braille Voyager 70

Optelec USA, Inc.
$
http://www.
optelec.com/

With  the Braille Voyager, the Braille user has complete control of the PC  or laptop directly from the Braille display. Using the Braille keyboard  for Windows functionality lessens dependence on a specific screen reader as well as takes advantage of the use of standard Windows commands, minimizing the need for specialized training. Function keys on the  Braille Voyager display can be customized for specific commands. From  e-mailing to word processing, this added functionality eliminates the  need to repeatedly move your hands between the computer keyboard and  the Braille display.

The Braille Voyager brings you true USB connectivity with industry standard  plug-and-play technology. Whereas other Braille displays rely on internal,  expendable batteries for their power source, the Braille Voyager uses the same  battery source that powers your laptop or PC, thus eliminating the bulk, weight  and replacement costs associated with extra batteries. Designed with portability  and power management in mind, Braille Voyager's impact on battery life  is minimal, less of a power drain than using a standard CD drive!

The Braille Voyager 44 is designed to work as a USB plug & play  device with any laptop or PC with Windows '98, Windows XP, Windows ME or Windows 2000, and works with all screen reader software.

 

 

 

 

Focus 40

Freedom Scientific
$3495
http://www.freedom
scientific.com/


Portable and affordable Focus 40 Braille Display with the latest in braille display technology put you in control as you smoothly navigate the Windows® environment. Based on features rated most desirable by braille display users, Focus Braille Displays are packed with advanced features and options that can be easily configured through JAWS®.

The new design eliminates seams between the braille cells, making the display feel like paper! The convenient location of navigation keys, bars and buttons promotes comfort and more economical hand movement.


Focus 80

Freedom Scientific
$6995
http://www.freedom
scientific.com/


Portable and affordable Focus 80 Braille Display with the latest in braille display technology put you in control as you smoothly navigate the Windows® environment. Based on features rated most desirable by braille display users, Focus Braille Displays are packed with advanced features and options that can be easily configured through JAWS®.

The new design eliminates seams between the braille cells, making the display feel like paper! The convenient location of navigation keys, bars and buttons promotes comfort and more economical hand movement.

     

 

 

 

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Braille Embossers

Software, Vendor, Price, Link

Description

Image

 

Basic D

Index Braille

$3550
http://www.braille.se

 

Basic-D
the Basic-D produces interpoint braille at twice the speed of the Basic-S.

Speech Guided
Basic is controlled by an ink and braille labelled front panel. Combined with the speech feedback, it is easy to install and operate by blind and sighted users alike.

Reliable
Basic is one of the most reliable traditional tractor fed braille embossers on the market. This year’s model (version III) stands for higher quality and is even more reliable than previous versions. The Basic will easily cope with contentious braille production.

Portable
Bring Basic to the meetings in your organisation. The high speed, low weight and the compact format makes it to the best portable braille embosser in the world.

Basic-D/S version III includes,
• Parallel port (ECP,EPP, SPP)
• USB port
• Network port (TCP/IP)
• Serial port (RS 232C)
• Light diodes for status information

WinBraille - Included free braille editor
Quick and easy embossing in contracted or normal braille in Word, Outlook, Explorer.

Basic S

Index Braille

$2750
http://www.braille.se

 

Basic-S
The Basic-S is a classic single sided embosser.

The free WinBraille braille editor, which is included, makes it one of the most versatile embossers in the market. This makes the Basic-S probably the most cost effective braille production unit in the world.

Basic-D
In addition the Basic-D produces interpoint braille at twice the speed of the Basic-S.

Speech Guided
Basic is controlled by an ink and braille labelled front panel. Combined with the speech feedback, it is easy to install and operate by blind and sighted users alike.

Reliable
Basic is one of the most reliable traditional tractor fed braille embossers on the market. This year’s model (version III) stands for higher quality and is even more reliable than previous versions. The Basic will easily cope with contentious braille production.

Portable
Bring Basic to the meetings in your organisation. The high speed, low weight and the compact format makes it to the best portable braille embosser in the world.

Basic-D/S version III includes,
• Parallel port (ECP, EPP, SPP)
• USB port
• Network port (TCP/IP)
• Serial port (RS 232C)
• Light diodes for status information

WinBraille - Included free braille editor
Quick and easy embossing in contracted or normal braille in Word, Outlook, Explorer.

Blazer

Freedom Scientific

$1,895
http://www.freedomscientific.com

Blazer
• Landscape emboss feature creates long format spreadsheets or screen dumps.
• Side carrying handle.
• Includes parallel cable, print and audiocassette manuals.
• Size: 13.5 inches by 8 inches by 5 inches
(with lid closed).
• Weight: 12 pounds.
• Power: Standard household AC.
• Prints on papers and special plastics from 1 inch to 8.5 inches wide.
• Prints 15 cps in 6-dot or 8-dot Braille.
• Optional carrying case available.
• 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee and limited one-year warranty against manufacturing defects.
• Renewable, annual Product Maintenance Agreement available.

Cub Embosser

ViewPlus

$4,995
http://www.viewplus.com

Cub Embosser

Quality and speed in a compact desktop design, the ViewPlus Cub is the ideal embosser for users who primarily use 8.5 x 11, A4 or smaller paper and still want to be able to quickly and quietly emboss high-resolution braille and tactile graphics directly from their preferred Windows programs.

Because it's Powered by Tiger, you can be assured that it's quiet, easy to use, and the quality is unparalleled.

See Pro Embosser for more Tiger Info

50 Characters Per Second
Paper Size Width 4" to 9.5"

Juliet Classic

Enabling Technologies

$3,795
http://www.brailler.com/

Juliet Classic's top quality Braille on both sides of a page up to 56 characters wide and speed of up to 55 characters a second have made her our all-time best seller. She remains our very best value in wide-line interpoint. Juliet Classic's standard features include:

Regular (12.5 dots per inch) and high-resolution (17 DPI) graphics
Dynamic Braille Scaling for different Braille sizes (even within a document)
6 or 8-dot Braille
Multi-Copy up to 99 copies of a document

Max Embosser

ViewPlus

$5,995
http://www.viewplus.com

Max Embosser

The ViewPlus Max is the fastest and most versatile of their Desktop series braille printers. If you don't want to pay for a heavy duty machine, but instead want a convenient desktop braille printer that still can handle larger paper sizes, the versatile Max Embosser allows you to meet the challenge with ease.

Because it's Powered by Tiger, you can be assured that it's quiet, easy to use, and the quality is unparalleled.

See Pro Embosser for more Tiger Info

60 Characters Per Second
Paper Size Width 4" to 14"

Paragon Braille Embosser

Pulse Data Humanware

$3299
http://www.pulsedata.com

The Paragon Braille Printer is a rugged embosser that prints on a full range of tractor-feed paper from 20 to 100 pounds in weight, and up to 15 inches in width. The Paragon's operating speed of 40 characters per second enables it to print more than 120 pages per hour. Vinyl and aluminum sheets can also be embossed to make long-lasting, highly attractive signs with braille markings.

The Paragon is recommended where braille production is about 100,000 pages per year or about 2,000 braille pages per week. It can be automatically switched to a special mode that will place graphic charts or tactile pictures within a page of ordinary text or on a separate sheet.

 

Pro Embosser

ViewPlus

$9,750
http://www.viewplus.com

The ViewPlus Pro is your marathon production machine able to handle large volume runs of braille and tactile graphics, printing all sizes and types of paper/media.


Because it's Powered by Tiger, you can be assured that it's quiet, easy to use, and the quality is unparalleled.


100 Characters Per Second
Paper Size Width 4" to 17"

ViewPlus Embossers are all Powered by Tiger:


Tiger Software Suite: Powerful addition to Windows adds braille and tactile graphic functionality to MS Office.

Windows Printer Driver: Connects ViewPlus embossers to the power of Windows, embossing and networking just like a mainstream desktop printer.

Roller Die Technology: Patented hardware allowing high quality, high resolution braille and graphics to be embossed quickly, easily, and quietly.

Romeo 25

Enabling Technologies

$2,195
http://www.brailler.com/

Romeo 25

Our Romeo 25 is a tough, transportable single-sided embosser with a singular reputation for outstanding Braille quality, rugged durability and unmatched value. Ideal for student, personal or home office use, 25-character-per-second Romeo 25 also has many of the popular features of larger embossers. Romeo 25's standard features include:

Regular (12.5 dots per inch) and high-resolution (17 DPI) graphics
Dynamic Braille Scaling for different Braille sizes (even within a document)
6 or 8-dot Braille
Impact adjustment for heavier or lighter paper
Multi-Copy up to 99 copies of a document

Romeo Attache

Enabling Technologies

$1,895.
http://www.brailler.com/

Romeo Attaché makes legendary Romeo Braille quality more transportable than ever. Romeo Attaché weighs only 16 pounds and is perfect for on-the-go teachers and students. Or add your favorite notetaker and create a practical, space-saving home office with Braille capability. Romeo Attaché standard features include:

Regular (12.5 dots per inch) and high-resolution (17 DPI) graphics
Dynamic Braille Scaling for different Braille sizes (even within a document)
6 or 8-dot Braille

Thomas

Enabling Technologies

$3,295
http://www.brailler.com/

Thomas

Named in honor of the late William A. Thomas, former board chairman of Enabling Technologies, 40-character-per-second "Tommy" makes fast, top quality, single-sided Braille inside a noise-muffling desktop case.

Thomas' standard features include:

Regular (12.5 dots per inch) and high-resolution (17 DPI) graphics
Dynamic Braille Scaling for different Braille sizes (even within a document)
6 or 8-dot Braille
Multi-Copy up to 99 copies of a document
Options available for Thomas include:

ET Speaks for automatic speech feedback as you use your embosser. DoubleTalk LT-compatible ET Speaks can also act as the voice of your computer's screen reader and play WAV and other audio files
Single Sheet Tractors let you emboss up to 22 lines on 11 inch non tractor paper (such as letterhead or other special media) by hand-feeding one sheet at a time through the embosser

VersaPoint Duo

Freedom Scientific

$3,795
http://www.freedomscientific.com

VersaPoint Duo
• Landscape emboss for long format spreadsheets or screen dumps.
• 30,000-character memory buffer and nine internal languages (*with speech option).
• Prints in eight languages: English, Spanish, German, Swiss, Danish, French, Austrian and Italian.
• Select from five degrees of striking impact.
• Switch from interpoint to single-side Braille in one step.
• Settings to emboss up to 99 consecutive copies without reset.
• Includes serial cable, parallel cable, print, disk and Braille manuals.
• 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee and limited one-year warranty against manufacturing defects.
• Renewable, annual Product Maintenance Agreement available.

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