[nabs-l] Braille Displays and Notetakers

Judy Jones sonshines59 at gmail.com
Wed May 10 20:32:50 UTC 2017


Yes, Ashley, you can convert formats quite easily.  You can choose a default
format for documents when you open a new document, text, braille or Word.

Regarding braille formats, you can toggle between computer braille,
uncontracted braille and contracted braille.  In the global settings, you
can also set up for UEB for both UK or US, the older Grades 1 and 2, and
other languages as well.

The Polaris is due to come out either the end of this month or in June, and
the mini version they are anticipating the end of this year.

Judy

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Judy,
I see your enthusiasm for the Braille sense U2 by Hymns.
I've considered that line of products and now I have the humanware braille
note.
Which format  are your files in as you open your word processor and write in
contracted braille? Is it like the Braille note in that you can convert from
your contracted braille files to a text file such as MS Word or RTF?
Can you use skype or google docs on the current U2? I know you can do both
with the new pollaris.
And when did you say the pollaris was coming out?

Ashley
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The other thing is, this Polaris device has a 32-cell unit, but will be
coming out with a Mini with the same specs but only 18-cell.  I am waiting
for that, because I LOVE the smaller devices.  I have the U2 Mini now, and
it goes everywhere with me, along with my Galaxy S7.

Judy


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I tried out a BrailleNote touch at last year's convention. I see no point to
it--if I want to use a touch screen I will use an IPAD and stick with a much
more portable braille display. That resolves the issues with regard to
Windows CE, etc. Then again, I transitioned from Perkins to slate in the
sixth grade and did not own a braille input device until college. I am
certain this colors my perspective greatly.


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Unfortunately, though, the Windows CE platform that most note takers are
based on now, will be going away.  It is comparative to Internet Explorer
and is antiquated.  The Braille Note Touch is on a deprecated form of
Android 4.4.  The Polaris is coming in with Android 5 Lollipop and is
updatable, smaller, and with touch sensors so one can navigate with touch
screen gestures.

Judy


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Hi Bobby thanks for your message.  I own a BrailleNote Apex with a
thirty-two cell braille display.  The Florida Division of Blind Services
purchased this device for me before I started college in August of 2011.  I
chose to ask my counselor to purchase this piece of equipment because of my
previous experiences with the BrailleNote family of products from Humanware.

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