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Andrew Leibs

Mountbatten Brailler Strengths & Weaknesses

By April 15, 2012

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Mountbatten Brailler

Few products demonstrate assistive technology's strength's and limitions like the Mountbatten Brailler.

At first glance, the Mountbatten seems far more efficient than the ubiquitous Perkins Brailler. It's electronic, PC-enabled, remembers and reads aloud what's typed, and both prints text and embosses braille.

These features make the Mountbatten a great teaching tool. Audio feedback provides instant corrections; translation availability diminishes differences between print letters and the raised dots of braille.

Yet when students attain braille proficiency, they opt for portable note-takers and products such as the BraillePen that enable braille-based control of mobile devices, notably the iPhone.

Ultimately, the Mountbatten is technology as life support: it works well, but its advantages entangle in its own web of multi-pin serial cables.

Language is life. The best braille products simultaneously advance access while making the underlying technology recede.

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