Ashleah FunkhouserHour 1
Type of Technology: Refreshable Braille Displays; Electronic Device

Other important information:can show up to 80 characters from the screen, later models offer note-taking and file storage capabilities.

What is it? Machines able to read the text on the screen of the computer it is connected to and translate it into Braille. It is able to change the Braille characters as the reader requests.

What is it used for? To display text on the computer in a way that people with vision impairments can read. Braille is a system of writing or printing for use by the blind, in which combinations of tangible dots or points are used to represent letters, characters, etc., that are read by touch. The device is able to read the screen and display Braille lettering, then it is able to change the Braille as many times as needed for the user to read everything on the page.

Which type of impairment? Vision Impairment
Cost? Website to purchase?The price of Braille displays range from $3,500 to $15,000, depending on the number of characters displayed.

Individual Product- Why do you think it's the best? I think the VarioPro 64 is the best individual product out of the three I described below. It is able to translate various languages on a large number of cells. It has the usual eight-dot braille and comes with convenient accessories. I researched the product's manufacture and, even though the manufacturer is in Germany, I feel that any work needing to be done on the product will be done quickly and easily. The VarioPro 64 is compatible with many popular operating systems, so it will work for a wide range of people. After reading about and researching the products below, I have decided that the VarioPro 64 is the most helpful when it comes to Refreshable Braille Displays.

Pictures of examples:

Refreshable Braille Display 1.jpg
"Maine-AIM." Assistive Technology and Accessible Instructional Materials. Web. 04 June 2012. <http://maine-aim.org/at_and_aim>.
Refreshable Braille Display 2.jpg
"Refreshable Braille Display." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 31 May 2012. Web. 04 June 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refreshable_Braille_display>.




*VarioPro 64
  • Languages: English, German, Portuguese, Spanish
  • 64 cells
  • Eight-dot Braille
  • Accessories (included): Carrying Case, Rechargeable Battery, USB Cables
  • Compatible Operating Systems: Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Pro
  • Manufacturer in Germany
  • Self contained unit; case style: backpack

BrailleConnect 32
  • 32 Cells
  • Eight-dot Braille
  • Accessories (included): AC Adaptor, Battery Charger, USB Cables
  • Compatible Operating Systems: Windows 2000, Windows Mobile Operating System, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Pro
  • Manufacturer in U.S.
  • allow users to take notes, write e-mail and navigate the web. May be connected to a cell phone, personal digital assistant, or computer via Bluetooth or USB
  • self contained unit; case style: backpack

ALVA 570 Satellite
  • 70 cells
  • Accessories (included): AC Adaptor, Carrying Case, Connection Cables, Dust Cover, Parallel Cable, Serial Cable, USB Cables
  • Compatible Operating Systems: Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Pro
  • Manufacturer in U.S.
  • Self contained unit; case style: backpack[


Citations
"Living with Vision Loss." American Foundation for the Blind. Web. 04 June 2012. <http://www.afb.org/section.aspx?FolderID=2>.

"Refreshable Braille Displays." American Foundation for the Blind. Web. 04 June 2012. <http://www.afb.org/ProdBrowseCatResults.asp?CatID=43>.