Elbraille, a component like Windows 10 notetaker running with Jaws and Focus 14 Braille Display

Russian based Elita Group, recently announced the release of the all-new ElBraille Notetaker.

What is this?

Elbraile is a full mobile portable computer running on Windows 10 together with Jaws for Windows.
It contains a docking station, integrated with Freedom Scientific’s Focus 14 Braille display. This docking station contains the perkins style keyboard and all the navigation options that you find on the Focus 14.

One could say that this is a component based system so, if you already have a Focus 14 Blue, you would not have to buy a new Focus 14 Blue again.

Dimensions:
189 mmx 118 mm by 38 (7.4 x 4.7 x 1.5 inches
Weight with Focus 14 included: 750 g (1.65 pounds)

Physical description

On the front you have the Focus 14 Blue control, like the selector buttons, panning, buttons, rocker bars, etc.
On the right side you have an extractor button, 3.5 mm jack, sd card slot, usb port and then power port.
On the back there is nothing.
On the left, there’s nothing.
On the top there are 6 keys. From left to right: E1, E2, Volume up and down buttons then E3 and #4.
The Sim card slot is right on the top left.

Specs:
Windows 10 32bit
Jaws 17
1.8 GHz Quad-core atom processor
2 GB of ram
64 GB SSD drive
Built-in 32 gb sd card – not usable by user, for the OS
Expansion card slot up to 256 gb storage
built-in microphone
Stereo speakers
Vibration motor – Device vibrates and beeps.when being turned on, shutting down, when placed on charge, etc.
SMS messaging capability
You can also make and receive phonecalls.

Bluetooth 4.0
3G modem (Micro sim card required)
Wi-Fi 801.11 a/b/g/n
accelerometer,
gyro,
compass,
GPS
3.5mm headphone jack
USB port – used for external storage, full qwerty keyboard etc.
20 hours of battery life.

The device has a rescue menu – used in a potential situation if there is no speech or Braille feedback.
This menu has a self-voicing and self-Brailling capability.
1. Restart Jaws.
2. Shut the system down.
3. Forced restart.

Final thoughts:
I don’t know anything else about the device but, on paper, it looks great! I’m honestly quite excited.

Seika Mini Braille Display, affordable, portable and stylish

Note to current users of the Seika Mini Braille Display:
A new firmware version has been released for the Seika Mini Braille Display.
Download the new firmware Ver1.007 from here.

NIPPON TELESOFT CO., LTD. brings you the new Seika Mini Braille display. Sporting 16 cells of high quality 8 dot Braille, in a truely light and portable package; weighing a mere 300 Grams.

I’ve had the pleasure to put this Braille display through its paces for two weeks, thanks to Neville Clarence of
NCTec,
who made the Seika Mini available to me for evaluation.

Before I get down to my opinion, here’s the specifications for the Seika Mini Braille Display:

Specifications:

  • Display Capacity: 16 refreshable 8-dots Braille cells
  • Cursor routing Key: 16 keys
  • Function Keys: 4 function keys, 2 Navigation joystick keys
  • Braille input keys: 8 keys
  • Character code: Original 8 code
  • Memory: 4GB (Embedded Micro SD card)
  • Connectivity: USB, Mini USB, Micro SD card slot
  • Internal battery: Lithium rechargeable battery
  • Charge time: 2.5 hours(the charge time will longer if use Mini at the same time)
  • Power Supply: USB/AC Adapter/ Internal battery
  • Size: 6.3(W) 3.78(D) 0.9(H) inches.
  • Weight: 300g
  • Accessories:
    • Leather carry case,Neck strap,
    • AC adaptor (5V / 1A)
    • USB Cable (one head is USB male, the other head is mini USB male), it is primarily used for battery charging and screen reader data transfer)
    • Bluetooth USB Adapter
    • 4G Micro SD card which is in the Mini Seika in default
    • Documentation and Drivers on a CD
    • User Guide, in print