[Mm-friends] Fw: [orion-discuss] at long last!

Chase Crispin chase at acbradio.org
Fri Sep 21 01:38:50 GMT 2012

Hi Angelo,
It supports Pop3, IMAP, and exchange email using the main Android email
client and you input to it using the braille keypad on the device, just like
any other Braille note taker.


From: mm-friends-bounces at acbradio.org
[mailto:mm-friends-bounces at acbradio.org] On Behalf Of Angelo DeMarsico
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2012 7:59 PM
To: mm-friends at acbradio.org
Subject: Re: [Mm-friends] Fw: [orion-discuss] at long last!

Does it do eMail? How do we input to it: a blue-tooth device? A braille
keypad? A QWERTY keyboard?    Angelo  
From: David Tanner <mailto:david.tanner100 at gmail.com>  
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2012 8:40 PM
To: david.tanner at ssb.state.mn.us 
Cc: mm-friends at acbradio.org ; Earle Harrison <mailto:earle at attriumph.com>  ;
Gennie  <mailto:eachusgm at sbcglobal.net> Eachus 
Subject: [Mm-friends] Fw: [orion-discuss] at long last!
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From: Candy Lien <mailto:cmlien at hotmail.com>  
To: orion-discuss at freelists.org 
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2012 3:47 PM
Subject: [orion-discuss] at long last!

Completely Redesigned!  Braille Plus 18 Second Generation


This powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use notetaker is designed specifically
for users who are blind and visually impaired.


APH is proud to introduce the Braille Plus 18(TM) Second Generation,
developed in partnership with LevelStar, LLC. Like its popular predecessor,
the original Braille+, the new Braille Plus 18 Second Generation is a mobile
device that puts unprecedented computing power in the hands of students and
adults who are braille users.


The Braille Plus 18 will quickly become the hub of your on-the-go digital
life. Use this handheld device to read books, write class assignments, scan
documents, search the web, keep track of appointments, find directions,
record lectures, listen to podcasts, run Android(TM) apps, and so much more!


Braille Plus 18 combines a high-quality braille keyboard with a built-in
18-cell refreshable braille display. It uses an advanced mobile platform
along with specialized software to create the world's first Android device
designed specifically for blind users!



-- Built-in 18-cell Refreshable Braille Display: Improve retention, enjoy
privacy, and increase literacy.
-- 5MP Camera with Flash: Quickly and accurately convert menus, papers, and
books into braille or speech. (1)
-- GPS Navigation: Determine current location, discover nearby businesses,
and get directions.
-- Built-in Google Search: Efficiently start apps or find information.
-- Braille Navigation Stick: Maintain privacy and convenience.
-- More of the internet: Take full advantage of the internet with HTML5 and
-- Stereo Recording: Record lectures or music with built-in stereo
microphones and recorder.
-- Full-Size SD Card Slot and USB Port: Share media and documents.
-- 3G Wireless: Stay connected with 3G wireless capability (data plan
required to access data over 3G). (2)
-- Text Messages: Send and receive texts
-- Phone Calls: Make and receive calls.
-- High-Quality Speakerphone.
-- Android Apps: Enjoy thousands of additional apps. (3)
-- TV Output: Share or collaborate with sighted peers, teachers, or parents
with TV signal outputs. (4)


-- Improved! Natural Speech Output: Easily understand human-sounding speech.


-- Bluetooth(R) 2.1: Listen to speech or music with a stereo Bluetooth
headphone or a mono headset.
-- Wi-Fi(R): Connect to Wi-Fi hot spots with wireless 802.11n with custom


Additional Features
-- Speakers: Enjoy hi-fidelity stereo.

-- Cursor Routing Keys: Quickly move the cursor or click on a button;
located above each braille cell.

-- Thousands of Books Available: Download books and periodicals from the
National Library Service (NLS), Reading Ally (formerly RFB&D), and
bookshare.org; read using the refreshable braille display or natural speech.
Book player supports Word, txt, html,
DAISY, Bookshare(R), and is compatible with NLS Digital Talking Books for
qualified NLS patrons. (1)

-- Word Processor: Create, edit, and read documents in multiple formats and
change them to braille.

-- Email: Full-featured email program compatible with POP3 and IMAP

-- Contracted Braille: Automatically read everything in contracted braille.

-- Calendar and Clock: Schedule appointments and alarms.

-- Music and podcasts: Play music files on the device or streamed from the
cloud with the music player. Audio player compatible with MP3, WAV, and Ogg;
stream audio files from the internet.



1. Camera does not recognize handwriting.

2. Does not include SIM card. Requires a cell phone plan from AT&T or
T-Mobile. Verizon-compatible starting in 2013.

3. Not all programs written for Android are accessible.

4. TV not included.
5. Book access requires membership with the respective organization.




-- Operating System: Android 2.3 (version subject to change)

-- Size: 6.5 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches

-- Weight: 15 ounces

-- Built-in stereo speakers and microphone

-- 5MP camera with flash

-- Memory: 512 MB internal, 1 GB internal, 32 GB flash drive

-- Ports: 3.5 mm stereo headphone, headset, or video out jack; 3.5 mm stereo
microphone line-in jack; full-size SD(TM) card slot; full-size built-in USB
port; Micro USB; SIM card

-- Wireless: Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11n

-- GPS antenna

-- Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion (not user-replaceable)



-- USB AC Adapter

-- USB Power/Data Cable

-- External Bluetooth GPS device to augment internal receiver

-- Earbuds

-- Print Quick Start Guide, in print and in braille

-- One-year limited warranty



Braille Plus 18 and Wireless Communications

The Braille Plus 18 is a Wi-Fi device that can access the internet through
your Wi-Fi router without needing a cell phone/data plan.


Braille Plus 18 is also a cellular device that you can choose to activate
through AT&T or T-Mobile. At this time, the Braille Plus 18 can only be
activated with these two carriers. A cell phone/data plan will allow you to
access the internet in many more locations than Wi-Fi alone and lets you
make phone calls. Please contact your local AT&T or T-Mobile dealer if you
wish to activate your Braille Plus 18. APH does not directly offer cell



To Order

Braille Plus 18 Second Generation: 1-07466-00 -- $3,299.00* + shipping
*Introductory price, ends Oct. 12, 2012


Braille Plus 18 Second Generation IS available with Quota funds.



All shipments will incur actual UPS shipping rates based on the destination.





American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.

1839 Frankfort Avenue 

P.O. Box 6085

Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085



Fax: 502-899-2284

info at aph.org 



Service Since 1858


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