HumanWare Braille Notetakers Go Beyond Word Processing:
Despite the name, braille "notetakers" do far more than enable people who are blind to compose and store text.
The models in HumanWare's BrailleNote line -- the first of which debuted in 2000 -- equate to laptop computers, providing digital communication, web access, and the ability to download books, music, and other media.
In addition to web access, the BrailleNote Apex BT 32 is a notetaker also provides, wireless connectivity to peripherals such as printers, braille embossers, and flash drives, and the ability to sync and navigate a PC by using the device as a braille terminal.
HumanWare makes six BrailleNote Apex models. Some have braille keyboards and refreshable displays of 18 or 32 cells. Some have QWERTY keyboards for users who prefer writing standard text.
With the BrailleNote Apex, a student or professional can:
- Read books, articles, and documents on the 32-cell refreshable display
- Listen to content via text-to-speech output
- Compose email and other documents
- Transfer files to a PC
- Print or emboss text files
- Navigate a PC.
BrailleNote Apex BT 32 Features:
The BrailleNote Apex is among the thinnest, lightest notetakers available. The device has a full-size braille keyboard, signature thumb keys to enable reading navigation by line, sentence or paragraph, and a scroll wheel for navigating menus, documents, and e-mail lists. Key features include:
- Keysoft Inside: KeySoft is a menu system that provides quick access to settings and applications through shortcut commands. It features one-key touch access to the main menu and online help, with context-sensitive help available when you forget commands.
- Word Processor: Translate between any grade of braille and text (including Microsoft Word files), then print, emboss, or email the document
- Book Reader: Read books from Bookshare, Learning Ally, Audible, and other sources in braille, text, or in DAISY audio format
- Web Browser and Email: Browse the web; shop, bank, and send and receive email; stay connected to your network
- Voice Memos: Record lectures, class notes, and memos, then instantly play them back with a single key press
- Media Player: Play MP3, WAV, and Windows Media files, create playlists, and listen in stereo; play web radio or music while reading, writing, or browsing the web.
- Streaming Audio: Enjoy listening to Internet radio programs that use MP3 or Windows Media formats.
- Keychat: An instant messaging (IM) service that provides real-time communication with colleagues, friends, and family.
BrailleNote Apex BT 32 Technical Specifications:
- 32-cell refreshable braille display
- 8-dot braille keyboard (BT model)
- Speech output with choice of text-to-speech
- Stereo speakers
- Internal Omni Directional Microphone
- Rechargeable and user-replaceable lithium-ion battery
- Real-time clock with 30-day battery backup
- External speaker, headphone, & microphone jacks
- Processor: Freescale iMX31
Software & Connectivity
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows CE 6
- Storage: 8 GB
- RAM: 256 MB SD
- One SD card socket supporting SDHC cards
- Built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g protocol
- Built-In Bluetooth 2.1
- One high-speed USB 2.0 client port for Active
- Sync and Braille Terminal Mode
- 3 high-speed USB 2.0 host ports
- USB voice modem (optional)
- GPS receiver via Bluetooth (optional)
- Dimensions: 9.61 in (244 mm) x 5.63 in (143 mm) x 0.78 in (19 mm)
- Weight: 1.8 lbs. (812 g)
HumanWare uses its BrailleNote technology in other products, including the DeafBlind Communicator.