Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Orbit Reader 20

Orbit Reader 20

The Orbit Reader 20 is being hailed as "a low-cost breakthrough in a refreshable braille device".  Available from APH in Fall 2016, it has been designed as a braille reading device, which falls into the note-taker category. Its stand-alone capabilities include reading, writing, and file management. For anything else, the user connects to a host device that provides those services. In this usage model, the Orbit Reader 20 becomes a terminal that displays the braille for the app running on the phone, tablet, or PC. It works via Bluetooth with iOS and Android devices and through USB or Bluetooth for Windows, Mac, and any other operating system that includes a screen reader with braille support.

The Orbit Reader 20 is a small, portable device featuring:
  • Refreshable display of 20 braille cells with pins that represent any six- or eight-dot braille code
  • Reads the contents of files on an SD (Secure Digital™) card for stand-alone operation
  • Connects to computers and portable devices via USB or Bluetooth™ for use with a screen reader
  • Braille input keys
  • Includes simple note-taking capability
  • Rechargeable batteries (user replaceable)