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BrailleNote Touch

Supplier: Humanware
BrailleNote Touch
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The future is so close you can touch it!

BrailleNote Touch





The BrailleNote Touch from Humanware is the latest and most innovative note taker on the market. The BrailleNote Touch interface; complete with a full visual screen and braille display is easy for users of any age to learn and enjoy. This impressive device combines the benefits of the KeySoft and the braille literacy of a traditional note taker with the efficiency and power of a tablet or smartphone. The BrailleNote Touch supports Google Play Store for accessible third party apps making it the first certified accessibility device to provide Play Store access!

Those who use the BrailleNote Touch will enjoy the KeySoft user experience with the power of an Android operating system. Optimized for today’s technology, KeySoft has the ability to access third party apps such as YouTube, Twitter, Google Drive, Facebook and more. The BrailleNote Touch offers modern connectivity including WiFi, Bluetooth and internal GPS.

One of the most exciting features is the TouchBraille which gives users the ability to control navigation of the Touch and edit documents in braille right on the surface of the tablet. The Virtual Keys find the users fingers as they begin to type on the screen. Typing is silent making the BrailleNote Touch usable anywhere. The BrailleNote Touch also ships with a rugged carrying case which comes with a keyboard cover offering a traditional note taker feel. This is a great option for young students or those long writing sessions.

Release of BrailleNote Touch Version 3.0 brings many wonderful features and enhancements users will be sure to enjoy. 

The ability to easily switch between multiple documents when using KeyWord is the first new feature you will notice. Do you need to read a document while finding the answer to a question or taking notes in another document(?) – easy!  Just press a shortcut and create an additional document or switch to an existing one immediately.

Because BrailleNote Touch is a Google certified device, version 3.0 now includes Android components directly in KeySoft form recent versions of Android.  The benefit is that users will recognize significant improvements in the Touch’s ability to navigate downloaded third-party applications and many performance improvements.

There are many additional voice options available to download, and users can have up to four Acapela voices n the touch at one-time instead of 2, and up to 10 language profiles can be created for users who speak multiple lanugages.

Read all the release notes here: BNT V3 Release Notes

BrailleNote Touch in the classroom

Girl using BrailleNote Touch in LibraryThe BrailleNote Touch truly is a 21st century note taker for a 21st century classroom. It is an incredibly powerful tool for students who use braille. Students are able to write documents, send emails, download and read books as well as collaborate with classmates and share files with teachers who use Google Drive. The BrailleNote Touch was designed to allow students to complete their work easier and more efficient than ever. 

BrailleNote Touch in the boardroom

Man using BrailleNote Touch on PlaneThe BrailleNote Touch was designed to make everyday office tasks simple and seamless for blind users. Professionals will love access to the Exchange server to sync work emails, contacts and calendars. The BrailleNote Touch makes creating professional documents, emails and browsing the web easy. Do you have a business trip? Take the BrailleNote with you and use it on the go! Communicate with colleagues around the world with Google Hangouts or collaborate and share documents using Google Docs or other cloud based services. 


Useful Videos:

  • Setting the Nest thermostat with the Touch – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISErU3QRxrg
  • Multiple documents switching in KeyWord – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdxNT8y-v4k
  • 10 language profiles and 4 TTS demo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asZZwL6C6Lk
  • Shopping on Amazon – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=splYEo7HF-U
  • Learn how to emboss from the BailleNote Touch – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwIx_GCSEzU&feature=youtu.be
  • HumanWare has published their latest webinar “Untangling the Mysteries of Graphic Embossers.” Watch this webinar presented by tactile graphics expert, Lucia Hasty (http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/about-html/4pw2hq/770950709). You will learn:
    • What makes a good tactile graphic?
    • What is DPI and how does it affect the quality of the graphic?
    • What’s new in the free Firebird graphic software for Enabling embossers?


Want to Learn More?

New England Low Vision and Blindness, in partnership with HumanWare, is pleased to announce a series of upcoming workshops on  the BrailleNote Touch.

The BrailleNote Touch Workshop will provide you with Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits.

These workshops will be taking place starting in September 2017 and will be located in several convenient locations across New England to make it easy for you to attend.  The workshops will provide you with an introduction to the BrailleNote Touch while engaging in hands-on activities, interactive discussion and demonstration of this intuitive device.

Click link to view the preliminary description and agenda for this workshop series  BrailleNote Touch Workshop-Description and Agenda

Take this opportunity to sign up for future updates about this exciting workshop series!

Do you have an immediate need?  Contact the Low Vision Specialists at New England Low Vision and Blindness and we will be happy to help. Call 888-211-6933 or email info@nelowvision.com.

BrailleNote Touch ................................................................................................................ $5,495.00

BrailleNote Touch Features

  • Height: 2.06 cm (0.8”)
  • Width: 24.4 cm (9.5”)
  • Depth: 16.2 cm (6.3”)
  • Weight: 900 g (2 lbs.)
  • Texas Instruments OMAP4460 1.2GHz Mobile Processor, Dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9
  • 16 GB internal SD card for firmware and storage
  • 2GB (16Gb) Low Power DDR2 SDRAM
  • High Speed USB 2.0 slave for PC connectivity and battery recharge
  • High Speed USB 2.0 host port
  • Audio Codec with volume control
  • Internal Omni Directional MEMS type Microphone
  • Internal stereo 1W Speakers (two speakers)
  • Audio output connector for headphones or external speaker
  • Audio input connector for external microphone or stereo recording (line-in)
  • Integrated Battery Charger
  • Rechargeable and user replaceable 5100mAh Li-Ion Battery with thermistor and internal gas gauge
  • 22.86 cm x 7.62 cm (9” x 3.8”) Multi-touch capacitive touch screen over a 1024 x 600
  • 18 cm (7”) diagonal LCD screen
  • HDMI output for external display (no audio)
  • 18 or 32 Braille display cells with cursor routing buttons (1 button per cell)
  • 8MP camera with LED based lighting
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0 (dual mode: BLE and classic)
  • Real Time Clock with battery backup
  • Vibration device
  • Sensors
  • 3D Accelerometer
  • 3D Gyroscope
  • 3D Electronic compass
  • Power requirement: +5VDC, 1.5A
  • Battery: Li-Polymer 3.7V nominal, 5100mAh, in operation charge time of 12 hours