HIMS has released a patch for the firmware in its Braille Sense line of notetakers. The new 8.5 patch adds a special Exam Mode for students taking standardized tests and gives the user the ability to connect to both a USB and Bluetooth device simultaneously in the Terminal For Screen reader. The patch also fixes email access with some email providers and enhances the Youtube app.
The bigger story for older Braille Sense owners is that this will be the last firmware update for owners of the Braille Sense PLUS, Braille Sense PLUS QWERTY and Braille Sense OnHand. The Braille Sense Plus was released in 2008, the QWERTY Plus in 2009, and the OnHand in 2011. If you wish to upgrade your Braille Sense using the online method, from the Main menu, press U for Utilities, and yoU again for upgrade firmware. As with all firmware updates, this one is also free.Check the source link for more details, including a link to the official release notes.Source: HIMS
It's not really surprising, given how old both the hardware and operating system core (Windows CE 5.0) is in these older models. I'm amazed they kept support for them going as long as they have. Truthfully I think Braille displays are more the future than Notetakers, but HIMS does seem to do the best job in maintaining support of the well-known Notetaker companies. Products like the Vario Ultra haven't been around long enough to judge long-term support.
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