Moderated Re: pros and cons of Braille display

Richard Turner <richardturner42@...>

There are many terms that are interchangeable. 
The company, Orbit Research, chose to name their units Orbit Reader.
Any braille display can be rightfully called a reader, in that you read braille on them with their tactile display.
Things have gotten a little more confusing in recent years with the advent of what some are calling, Hybrid displays. Those are things like the Orbit Reader 20 or 40 from Orbit Research; the Brailliant BI X from Humanware, the Chameleon and Mantis from APH/HUMANWARE, and others, that are a display when connected to a computer, and have some stand-alone functions like note taking, alarm clock, calendar, calculator.

Then, there are the "Braille NoteTakers" that are completely self sufficient, in that they have their own wifi, web browser, full word processor, etc. Those Braille NoteTakers start at about $4500 while the hybrid displays start at about $700 for 20 cells, and $1400 for 40 cells and go up from there.
That is a brief summary.
I hope it helps.

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On Apr 23, 2021, at 1:41 PM, James Bentley <bentleyj1952@...> wrote:



What is the difference between a reader and a Braille display?




James B 


From: <> On Behalf Of Marianne Denning
Sent: Friday, April 23, 2021 3:18 PM
Subject: Re: pros and cons of Braille display


 There are lots of ways that a braille note taker can be helpful. I mean a braille Display. You can very quickly move your Kircher where you want it to go if you have curse around and keys. Remember, the orbit reader is meant to be a reader and not a braille display for a computer. I wouldn’t spend any money on the orbit reader because I have found it to be extremely poor quality and have not found getting help with it beneficial.

On Apr 23, 2021, at 2:03 PM, Van Lant, Robin via <Robin_Van_Lant@...> wrote:

I have a topic I’d like some input on. If I should take it elsewhere or talk to someone offline by phone, please advise a direction to go.   I am a JAWS user and really cannot function on a computer without speech, but still have a tiny pinhole of usable vision due to RP.  I use Braille for labeling things around the house, but am not a proficient reader, especially when beyond some two letter contractions.  Braille displays have always seemed too expensive, especially given that using one would feel more like an experiment now, given my poor efficiency. Yet, as my vision decreases, I’ve wondered if a Braille display (such as the Orbit) would be useful.  I’m not planning to use it to read books, but I’d like better understanding of why some of you use it.  I’ll be paying for it out of my own pocket, so this is a decision I don’t take lightly.  Does it add value to editing and formatting in Office 365 applications?  Does it give incrased accessibility to webpages or is that really the same accessibility that listening to JAWS gives?  What else should I consider in this decision? 


Thanks for any insights.



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