Braille Communicator

(Contributed by: Michael C.)

Technology: Braille Communicator

Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 08.57.11Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 08.57.46

Invented: NA Started use around early 2000

Inventors/Vendors: These devices have been produces by a variety of companies including Lagarde [1], HIMS [3], AbleData [4], HumanWare [5], and many more.

Purpose of Technology: A Braille Communicator is a device designed to aid Deaf-Blind individuals communicate with “see-ing” people.

How does it work? The device is comprised of the keyboard, inputs, braille display, and possibly a lcd display. An additional keyboard can be attached to the unit, to enable 1 on 1 communication [5]. The device can also connect to the internet through Wifi, where instructions, menu options, and all information is then displayed on the braille display [3]. There are a few models that can SMS text, or even utilize TTY software [5].

The device may have either a QWERTY or Perkin’s style keyboard. More recent editions (2014) of the devices include Bluetooth and Wifi so that the communicator device could sync to different devices as well as surf the internet and check emails.

The device is a communication device that can be used anywhere due to its mobility. Most units are lightweight, small, and equipped with rechargeable batteries [4]

Sources:

[1] Lagarde – Screen Braille Communicator – Communication device for the deafblind. (n.d.). Retrieved December 9, 2014, from http://www.lagardecommunication.com/deafblind/screenbraillecommunicator_en.html

[2] Leib, A. (n.d.). How Persons Who Are Deaf and Blind Have Conversations. Retrieved December 9, 2014, from https://www.westernu.edu/bin/cdihp/How-Persons-Who-Are-Deaf.pdf

[3] Braille Sense U2 MINI Communicator – Hims Inc. (n.d.). Retrieved December 9, 2014, from http://hims-inc.com/products/braille-sense-u2-mini-communicator/

[4] AbleData: Products. (n.d.). Retrieved December 9, 2014, from http://abledata.com/abledata.cfm?pageid=19327&top=13536&ksectionid=19327&productid=212933&trail=0&discontinued=0

[5] DeafBlind Communicator – HumanWare USA. (n.d.). Retrieved December 9, 2014, from http://www.humanware.com/en-usa/products/deafblind_communication_solutions/deafblind_communicator

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Powered by WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: