Field Evaluators needed for the Transforming Braille Display–watch for updates on how to participate

The Transforming Braille Group LLC was established in 2012. The goal of this international group is to develop a stand-alone, 20 cell refreshable braille display to enable braille readers to become part of the eBook revolution at a fraction of the current cost of refreshable braille displays.

Three of the nine managing members of the Transforming Braille Group LLC will be conducting field evaluations in the United States. The American Printing House for the Blind, National Federation of the Blind, and Perkins School for the Blind will be conducting field evaluations from November 2015 through January 2016.

The Transforming Braille Display (TBD) works on its own by displaying braille from files on an SD card or by connecting to devices such as the iPhone. The display is designed to work through USB and Bluetooth connectivity with smart phones and tablets. It is not intended to compete with high specification refreshable braille displays already on the market, primarily used in education and employment, but is intended to bring braille displayed e-books to a wide audience at an economical price. Libraries will be able to send braille formatted titles to patrons on an SD card. Users can also employ apps on their existing smart phone.

The Transforming Braille Display

  • Contains 20 eight-dot refreshable braille cells that conform to NLS specifications for height and spacing
  • Interfaces with host devices through USB and Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth and USB connections are compatible with current devices
  • Supports Portable Embosser Format (PEF), Text, BRL and BRF file types only
  • Eight braille input keys plus braille space key, used to enter file names or perform other functions, when connected to a smart phone or other device
  • Five-way cursor pad with arrows and center select, used to navigate the file system, move within a title, or for use when connected to another device
  • No note taking or translation capabilities
  • Suggested retail of under $500

Google Docs has given OCR a front and center WOW. Take an image document, save to drive, hit your applications key (that key that is between your start menu and ctrl on a desktop) and open with google docs. Wait for Google to take it through the OCR process, do a ctrl a to select all, copy with ctrl c and paste with ctrl v into word. Hit the ctrl key, which takes you into paste options and hit t for keep text only. That is it–that easy. If you can get the document electronically, you can send it through to drive and OCR that image into text.

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