[nabs-l] Braille Displays and Notetakers
sonshines59 at gmail.com
Wed May 10 17:24:19 UTC 2017
By far, I would recommend the newer device coming out from HIMS, the
Polaris. The first ones are due to ship either the end of this month or in
June, and orders are being taken.
The best thing is that this device is running a later full version of
Android, and will be updatable by the user, with all the functionality of
being able to download the apps you want for the uses you want. By the time
it ships, it will be a fully certified Google device and totally Google
compatible with Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Google Drive. Polaris
Office is mentioned, and this office suite is found on many Android phones.
Also, since one will be able to download from the play store, Kindle books
should be accessible now on this note taker as well. From my experience,
the Android Kindle app is fully accessible on my phone, along with
Microsoft's Outlook and Word, just to namea couple.
Here is a description:
The New Standard in Braille Notetaker
Seamless efficiency tool for school, work, and play
BrailleSense Polaris offers a new standard in blind-friendly
applications with the latest in cutting edge technology. BrailleSense
Polaris levels the playing field with specialized applications built
around Polaris Office Suite, while providing comprehensive
access to popular Google Apps such as Docs, Slides, Sheets,
and Classroom. Surf the Web with Google Chrome just like our
traditional web browser. Use Polaris Word to write a report and
other documents with the same feel as Word Processor. Sync
your calendar to Google Calendar while using our Organizer. You
can even enjoy a book from BookShare, BARD, or other sources
in our DAISY reader, word processor, or via countless blindness
and mainstream services.
BrailleSense intuitive interface with a touch of mastery
Weve kept the traditional computer interface that has contributed
to the popularity of other BrailleSense models. BrailleSense
Polaris has a Perkins-style keyboard, a 32-cell braille display with
cursor routing buttons, and touch sensors above the display for
enhanced navigation. There are also touch sensors on the media
buttons making them user definable.
Blind-friendly Notetaker Features Standard Programs
Use our optional thesaurus and multilingual dictionaries to broaden
your vocabulary or find an equivalent app in the Google Play Store.
BrailleSense Polaris, lets YOU decide! Analyze spreadsheets with
our popular Excel Viewer, or read and edit spreadsheets in Google
Sheets. Read or give a presentation using our PowerPoint Viewer,
or create your own presentation from scratch in Slides.
Tools for Todays Students
BrailleSense Polaris supports Google Apps, making it easy
to utilize Google services like Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides
as millions of other students do everyday. But, theres more!
BrailleSense Polaris provides unparalleled access to Google
Classroom for blind students and teachers alike. Collaboration
among students and teachers has NEVER been this easy. Theres
support for Nemeth and UEB Math, too. BrailleSense Polaris
allows for display on the built-in LCD display, tablets via Miracast,
or an external monitor via the HDMI port.
Polaris at School
Polaris at Work
Polaris On the Go
888-520-4467 | www.hims-inc.com
Easy Connectivity with Your Favorite Devices
Connect BrailleSense Polaris via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2,
or USB3 to your computer, iOS device, Android device,
tablet, or phone. Enjoy your own MP3 while listening
through the Stereo Speakers, or use headphones with
the audio jack for your private listening. Want to pay
for something, COOL! Use the built-in NFC feature.
BrailleSense Polaris is even equipped with an on-
board Flippable LCD display. Allowing for more
effective interactions between blind students, visual
teachers, parents, co-workers, and friends. Dont use
BrailleSense Polaris just for work. Use it for play with
the built-in IrDA as a remote, or you can even relax
while using Chromecast on your TV.
Polaris at Home
table with 2 columns and 17 rows
Multi-touch enabled 32-Cells
Android OS 5.1.1 (Lollipop), 2.1GHz Octa-core (CPU), 3GB (RAM)
HDMI output, built-in LCD
USB 3.0 micro OTG, USB 2.0, HDMI, SD Card slot, Touch-enabled Multi Function
802.11 b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth 4.2, IrDA, NFC (only in
USB to Ethernet (Optional)
Voice Trigger (Hey Polaris), Built-in GPS, RTC, Accelerometer, Compass,
13MP AF Camera, Alert (Vibration, Buzzer, Proprietary ringtones), Stereo
speaker, Stereo MEMS and ANC
Google Play Store
Polaris Office (Word, Slides, Sheets, Email), Web Browser,
Terminal for Screen Reader, DAISY, File Manager, Schedule Manager, Address
Manager, Calculator, Calendar,
Media Player, Time & Date, Alarm, Stopwatch, FM Radio
Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive,
Classroom, APH Nearby Explorer
HBL, DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, CSV, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, BRL, BRF, EPUB, PDF,
HTML/XML (in Web browser).
YouTube, MP3, MP4, WAV, ASF, OGG, WMA, M4A, M3U, PLS, Audible (with
appropriate app), WMV, FLAC, MID,
DAISY 2.0/2.02/3.0, NIMAS 1.1, BookShare.org, Open Library, NLS, Learning
Ally (with appropriate apps)
18 hours, 5 hours to charge(AC adapter and USB), Wireless charging(Qi
Size & Weight
9.66 x 5.66 x 0.39 (W x D x H), 1.65 lbs
Security & Safety
Kensington Lock, Braille Cell Cover, TPU Carrying Case
One-year limited parts and labor warranty
4616 W. Howard Lane, Suite 960, Austin, Texas 78728
Arrow pointing to QR code.
From: NABS-L [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Bobbi Pompey
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 9:19 AM
To: Karl Martin Adam via Nabs-L
Cc: Bobbi Pompey
Subject: [nabs-l] Braille Displays and Notetakers
I am in the market for a braille device. I would love to know what devices
you all own or have owned. It would be especially helpful if you would share
why you selected the device you own instead of others.
Thank you in advance and I look forwar to hearing your responses!
Bobbi A. L. Pompey
bobbipompey at gmail.com
"Not everything faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is
faced" James Baldwin
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