HIMS Inc. Releases Update to Popular Braille Display

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HIMS Inc. released an update for Braille EDGE 40 Braille Display that adds functionality which now supports reading and editing in several new file types including TXT, DOC, DOCX and RTF, and also now supports new languages including Danish, Turkish and Hebrew.

Man using Braille EDGE 40 at work with a laptop
Students can take Braille EDGE with them to class for independent notetaking and editing without having a connection to any computer until they get home again.

Navigating a computer, smartphone or tablet is different for those who are blind. Instead of a monitor, keyboard and mouse, many blind computer users use talking screen readers and refreshable Braille displays. These Braille displays translate the on-screen text into Braille and represent it using hundreds of tiny movable Braille dots organized into any number of characters, or “cells”.

Austin, Texas-based HIMS Inc. has recently released a firmware update (new version 1.1) for its popular Braille display product called Braille EDGE 40. The Braille EDGE 40 is much more than simply an alternative to a computer monitor for blind users. It can be connected to a PC, MAC, iOS or Android device and includes keys that can be used for input as well as navigation.

HIMS Braille EDGE 40 also has built-in notetaking features, which can be used alone or in combination with standard word processing software. Students can take Braille EDGE with them to class for independent notetaking and editing without having a connection to any computer until they get home again.

One of the new features in Braille EDGE version 1.1 is the very unique Terminal Clipboard, which allows users to compose and edit text on the Braille EDGE and then insert the text to the working document on their computer, phone or tablet once it’s ready. This is especially useful when using certain screen readers that translate as you type, sometimes creating unintended text.

Braille EDGE version 1.1 also now supports reading and editing in TXT, DOC, DOCX and RTF documents in contracted grade 2 Braille. Access to these popular formats is extremely important for those who work or go to school and need to receive and share documents with their sighted colleagues.

The addition of Danish, Turkish and Hebrew support now brings the total number of languages supported to 17. Because Braille cells can represent characters in virtually any language, users who live in other countries, or who are multi-lingual do not need more than one Braille EDGE 40 Braille Display. Switching from one language to another is as easy as choosing a new menu option from the Braille EDGE 40 menu options.

To learn more about these and other new features of the Braille EDGE version 1.1 firmware update, please visit http://www.hims-inc.com or call 888-520-4467 to speak to a product specialist.

HIMS Inc. is an Austin, Texas-based company that specializes in assistive technology products for people who are blind or have low vision. HIMS Inc. is a subsidiary of HIMS International Corporation, who will next year celebrate 15 years of creating superior products for those with vision impairments all across the globe.

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