Humanware has posted a product page for the Brailliant 14, a new portable braille display being shown at the SightCity event in Frankfort, Germany. The display can pair with up to 5 Bluetooth devices at once as well as via USB and can also be used to take simple notes.
We posted earlier about a new app from Harpo called Brailliant Sync which is related to this display. The app will allow a user to sync notes between the internal memory of the Brailliant 14 and an iOS device. A switch on the back of the unit will toggle between the internal functions (notes, clock, and stopwatch) and the braille terminal mode for connecting to a phone or computer. The Brailliant 14 will work with iOS 10.3 on launch according to the product page.
These are taken from the product page.
• Rugged design built for the user on the go
• Very light: 285 G 0.63 lbs.
• Ergonomic traditional 8-dot braille input keys
• Comfortable typing experience with a note taker style spacebar
• 14 high quality braille cells with unique touch sensor routers
• HumanWare signature thumb keys
• Built-in intelligence allows for increased productivity anywhere
• Pair up to 5 Bluetooth devices at once Plus one USB connection
• Brailliant Sync ensures notes taken on the BI14 are available everywhere!
• 15 - 20 hours of battery life
• Size: 166x100x23 [mm]
• Weight: 285 grams, 0.63 lbs
No pricing information is currently posted. The closest direct competitors, the Focus 14 from Freedom Scientific and the Smart Beetle from Hims, sell at around $1,300.
We'll have more on the Brailliant 14 on Blind Bargains Qast 100 with an exclusive interview from Dave Williams at SightCity with Humanware's Greg Stilson.
I hope they bother to fix their firmware issues, or using this thing with iOS is going to be torture just like the current Brailliants.
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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.