After almost six years of development, National Braille Press is unveiling the B2G, a "portable, Android-based refreshable braille computer and optional smart phone." Priced at $2,495, this 20-cell Braille notetaker runs on Android's Jellybean operating system, and sports some 32 apps. With access to the Google Play store, it is possible to install many more apps on the device.
In this audio, JJ speaks with Brian McDonald of National Braille Press about the B2G, and puts it through its paces.
Many are heralding this year's CSUN convention as the year of Braille. With the release of the B2G, National Braille Press is doing their part to make that a reality.
Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.
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Thank you for the demo. I'm glad we finally get to here it in action, but I'm still kind of disappointed with the specs.
Louis D Saturday, 26-Mar-2016 2:49 PM ET:
Can one of the hosts please comment on the accuracy of Brian's claim that a lot of Android updates are for visual purposes, and that Jellybean is acceptable for now? Also, are the B2G's relatively old specs/hardware a concern? I would love to own a small braille device running android, but I don't want to throw away money either.
retroxpsystems Sunday, 27-Mar-2016 08:58 AM ET:
“puts it through its paces”? Is it just me or was this just like an advertisement. The only app that was shown was one made by National Braille Press. I find this ironic that there was hardly very little about the braille display itself.
blindaudio Thursday, 07-Apr-2016 5:53 PM ET:
Well, it looks like a lot of people of which have commented on this post have a lot of the same questions as I do. This product does seem quite interesting, but compared to the demo of the braillenote touch, I felt like I didn't get to hear the b2g go through its paces.
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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.