Nippon Telesoft, makers of the Seika 40-cell braille display sold in the U.S. by Perkins Products, has debuted two new models which are both scheduled to come stateside this summer. The Seika version 4 includes the previously-mentioned bluetooth support and a built-in battery, meaning it can be charged from the USB port. The battery for the bluetooth module itself, however, is not housed in the unit and hangs off to the side via a USB dongle. Meanwhile, the Seika 80 will also make its debut soon with a price of under $5,000. The unit is a rather long device because of the 80 cells, but is quite narrow. Expected release for both is July 4, according to Perkins.Source: Go to source
The Question is will this use a HID Driver, so that way it will work with SA. Other wise it is pointless to buy one.
Blind Paladin Saturday, 27-Mar-2010 6:37 PM ET:
This is excellent news. Even with the dongle another affordable Braille display solution will be most welcome. Now if only they interacted well with System Access.
Blind Paladin Saturday, 27-Mar-2010 6:38 PM ET:
Great news- another affordable Braille display solution will be most welcome. Now if only it interacted well with System Access.
darknexus Sunday, 28-Mar-2010 12:11 PM ET:
You have a weird definition of affordable. These things still cost 3x as much as your typical computer. Maybe it's affordable if $5k is throw-away money to you, but that's hardly the case with the majority of the world's population whether they be blind or not. What I'd care about: Will it work with BRLTTY for Linux support and NVDA, not to mention will it work with OS X?
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