[nabs-l] Braille Displays and Notetakers

Ignasi Cambra ignasicambra at gmail.com
Thu May 11 15:44:42 UTC 2017


Hello all,
I want to make it clear that I am asking this out of ignorance, and not because I have anything against special braille notetaker's… But what's the point of buying one of them when these days there are so many mainstream devices that are accessible? Both iOS and android devices can be used by blind people, including phones, tablets, and everything in between. There are also Bluetooth keyboards, Bluetooth braille keyboards, and Bluetooth braille displays available that one can connect to these devices, so it's hard for me to justify spending thousands of dollars on a braille notetaker. I am saying all of this from a theoretical point of you, since I haven't had a chance to try any of the notetakers currently available. It seems like some of them aren't compatible with all websites, everyone's in a while people say they have trouble opening some kinds of attachments with them, etc. etc. But what are the advantages? For those of you who use a braille notetaker why do you prefer it over a regular laptop or iOS device?
This is a really interesting topic!

IC

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> On 11 May 2017, at 17:00, Jordan Scheffer via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> 
> This is awesome info guys! I've honestly been looking for information on
> braille displays and notetakers for a while, I'm actually receiving a BN
> Touch in a few weeks and I'm hoping it's gonna be as good as I think it is.
> I beta-tested it actually before it was officially released, and although it
> did have some issues, overall it was great. 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: NABS-L [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Loren Wakefield
> via NABS-L
> Sent: Thursday, May 11, 2017 10:18 AM
> To: 'National Association of Blind Students mailing list'
> Cc: Loren Wakefield
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Braille Displays and Notetakers
> 
> That is a problem with these over-priced devices.  My Apex from humanware is
> a heavily-used item that is on its last legs.  So, the Polaris sounds
> intriguing; however, it is expensive as well.  So I believe I will pair a
> braille display with an IPone and be much better off.  
> 
> Loren 
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: NABS-L [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Jen via NABS-L
> Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 1:16 PM
> To: 'National Association of Blind Students mailing list'
> Cc: Jen
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Braille Displays and Notetakers
> 
> I had a BrailleNote BT; the Lions Club bought it for me. I loved it because
> it had a braille keyboard, and I type the most quickly in braille. I say
> "had" because a cell on the braille display stopped working, and HumanWare
> doesn't make the BrailleNote BT anymore.
> 
> Jen
> 
> spiderweb1 at sbcglobal.net
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> 
> From: NABS-L [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Bobbi Pompey
> via NABS-L
> 
> Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 11:19 AM
> 
> To: Karl Martin Adam via Nabs-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
> 
> Cc: Bobbi Pompey <pompey2010 at yahoo.com>
> 
> Subject: [nabs-l] Braille Displays and Notetakers
> 
> Hello all, 
> 
> 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 forward to hearing your responses!
> 
> 
> Bobbi A. L. Pompey
> (336) 988-6375
> 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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