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Blind Bargains Top 10 Stories of 2014: 10. A Versatile New Braille Display


The ballots are in and the votes have been tallied. It's time to count down the top 10 biggest and most influential stories of 2014. This year's panel included Jeff Bishop, J.J. Meddaugh, Jamie Pauls, Alena Roberts, and Joe Steinkamp. Each panelist gave us their opinions on the biggest stories in assistive technology and we've compiled their votes to create our annual list. We'll reveal a new story each day on the way to number one. SO without delay, let's get started with number 10 and a popular new braille display.

It takes a lot for a $3,000 product to garner enough votes to make our top 10 list. But the latest braille display from Baum has done just that. Despite initial shipping delays, much was said about the VarioUltra, a Bluetooth braille display which happened to have the unique feature of pairing to multiple devices simultaneously. One can switch between their phone or a computer in a matter of seconds. Baum's attention to detail and high production standards don't hurt its standing either. Between their latest display effort and their 2014 opening of a United States office, it's clear that Baum is becoming more of a customer-focused company and one that is very responsive to the needs of their consumers. An expensive braille display isn't in everyone's budget, but for those who can afford it, the VarioUltra is often now the go-to choice for portable productivity. This is why we voted it as the number 10 story in this year's list.

We want to hear from you as well. Let us know what you think of our picks by leaving a comment.

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richcav Thursday, 01-Jan-2015 09:44 AM ET:

I do indeed own a Vario Ultra 20 and think it is a fantastic product!! I am very glad it made the top 10 stories for 2014.


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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.


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