Braille Devices

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Braille Notetakers:
Refreshable Braille Displays:
Smart Beetle (can handle up to 6 connections at once, can also connect with Blaze ET)
Vario Ultra (allows a device to connect via bluetooth to two devices at once: tablet AND laptop, basic functions can be used even when not connected to a
tablet/phone or laptop, has a USB port)
Braille Edge 40 (basic functions can be used even when not connected to a tablet/phone or laptop, has an SD card slot)
Early braille options:
Logan Braille Coach: tactile/auditory flashcards
Refreshable Braille Display + tablet and/or laptop
Keyboard exploration
Learn to type & use JAWS through Typability
Perkins SmartBrailler


“First Impressions”

Perkins guides

Mountbatten Braillewriter:


Student Use

SetBC Lessons

SetBC Visual Guide

MB Mimic App



Harpo Introductory Videos

User Guide

Harpo Guides

MB Mimic iOs & Android App (Scroll below User Guides)

Logan Braille Coach:


Braille Study Mode

Notetaker Use:

Amy Mason, Braille Monitor 2012


Introduction: Dr. Robinson


SetBC slides

Humanware BrailleNote Tutorials:

Quick Reference Guide

User Guide

Command Summary

Humanware Video Tutorials

Washington School for the Blind Tutorial

California School for the Blind Tutorial

Set-BC Guides

University of Buffalo Tutorial


Example Video

HIMS Resources

Iowa SBVI Resources

BraillePlus 18

APH BraillePlus 18 Basic Word Processing 

Resources Guide

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Refreshable Braille Display+Tablet/Computers:

Available Braille Displays & Manufacturers:

Refreshabraille 18 (APH)

Focus 40/14 (Freedom Scientific)

Brailliant (Humanware)

Braille Edge 40 (HIMS) (Also has SD card for use without a device)

ALVA (Irie-AT)

Vario Ultra (Baum)

iPad braille commands:

Common braille commands for iPad

iOs Supported Braille Displays with specific commands 

Notetaker vs. iPad with braille display:

Example Videos:

Pairing Focus 14 with iPad 

Pairing Braille Edge with an Android Phone 

Pairing APH Refreshabraille 18 with an iPhone 



LookTel Money Reader 

KNFB Reader

BARD Mobile App 

Sendero LookAround GPS