I'll try to answer all of the three emails together. Before I do, I have to
say that I am blind since birth myself, and that the elBraille is being
developed from what we think, and I think, as a blind user, are the best
Braille and screen reading components as possible. Our company consists of
lots of blind users.
First, let's describe what is elBraille.
The elBraille is a full Windows 10 portable Braille PC device. The mition of
the elBraille is to create a new and modern approach to the old note taker
concept, which is still being widely used among the blindness community.
Unlike other note takers, we don't only want to have a moden platform, such
as others do with Android, but we want to have a full computer replacement,
and that is why we chose Windows, and the other software I'll mention. Also,
we have a unique aproatch in terms of the hardware of this device. Most note
takers are not modular. That means, that if you ever need to upgrade your
note taker, you have to pay a craisy price to replace the whole unit. Our
device, is a docking station for the Focus Blue line of Braille displays,
right now for the Focus 14 but a model for the Focus 40 is also in the
You can also connect any other Bluetooth or USB input accessory, and the
device would work if the Focus display is not attached to it, but then the
device would not look so good because it would have the place for the
display empty, and you would have to carry two devices - the elBraille as
the PC, and another input accessory, so in this case, maybe a tablet with a
Braille display or a notebook would be better for now.
We are targeting people who are in need of just one device, that would look
like a note taker.
When the Focus is docked to the device, the box looks like a traditional
note taker box, such as the Hims Braille Sense or others.
From the software side, the device in it's current state runs Windows 10
Home, 32-bit. It's a full Windows version, meaning that you can install any
accessible Windows software that you like.
From a screen reading point, we use the one we think and believe to be the
best screen reader for the Windows operating system, JAWS for Windows from
Freedom Scientific. JAWS provides the best braille support for the Windows
OS, including contracted Braille anyware input, and other very important
features, and the most important fact for JAWS, the eas of use, stability,
and that it just gets anything right. Bugs can be found everyware, but the
people at FS are very responsible in updating the software.
The device could also come with a Microsoft Office license, to allow you to
have a full productivity system that you can cary around.
The device offers a 20 hour battery life, so you can use it for a complete
working day, and even more.
Our unique design means that when we update the elBraille device each time
with better hardware and specs, a user could just sympli replace the docking
station instead of having to buy a whole complete unit.
There will be always hardware changes, in order to keep up with the PC
Right now, we are working on the second generation elBraille, which this is
the device that would be mostly sold in the world. It would be based on an
Intel Compute Stick, and would be available this summer. Detailed
specifications of the second generation will be send soon.
The second generation will have a HDMI out connecter so you can connect any
display you want, and right now in the first generation, you can connect a
display using an USB to HDMI adapter.
The device includes WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity, and also a Celular modem
for internet access, voice calls, and SMS for the death blind. The device
also includes a beeper and vibration motor, for events and different alerts.
We use the Focus Blue line of displays and JAWS, because we feel that this
combination is the best for having a complete Windows portable Braille
device on the go.
Pricing and availability will be announced shortly. The pricing also
matters, depending on the components the user has: For example, if you have
a JAWS license that could work with Windows 10, the price would go down.
Same if you already have a Focus 14 or 40 display, but not Focus 40 blue
Classic, because it would not fit.
In general, elBraille is going to be distributed by Freedom Scientific
dealers around the world, for the UK it means Sight and Sound technology.
Freedom Scientific will have demo units in all conferences.
I hope I have answered these questions.
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Sent: Saturday, May 7, 2016 6:46 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: elBraille
Could you tell us who will be selling El Braille in the UK, please?
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From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
[mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Adi Kushnir
Sent: 07 May 2016 16:18
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [access-uk] elBraille
My name is Adi Kushnir, and I'm from ElitaGroup, the company who developed
the elBraille Braille device. I saw that this device had a huge discussion
on this list, and I am here to answer all related questions you may have
regarding this device.