[AI] Refreshable Braille displays

Harish Kotian harish at accessindia.org.in
Sun Sep 30 02:11:21 EDT 2007

Hi Manish

Certainly, it would be workable. It takes more time to use braille in good 
speed at later age.

However, the most important lesson to learn is to adopt a moderation and not 
overwork our    functioning faculties.

Regretably, by the time we learn the bitter lesson, the damage is already 
done and which is irreversable.

It is like what Confusious said "Wisdom is like a comb given to one, after 
he turns bald".

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Manish Agrawal" <magrawal at sapient.com>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2007 8:34 AM
Subject: [AI] Refreshable Braille displays

> Hi,
> I am looking for information on 80 cell refreshable Braille displays:
> 1. Do you know of the most popular/commonly used displays (I am
> currently going by the list of displays supported in jaws)?
> 2. Have you been on a forum that has recently discussed Braille displays
> and which one to buy etc.? A Google search gave me a few useful articles
> from AFB but not a group discussion.
> 3. What is a 2D display? The only one that seems to be out there is the
> braillex 2d from Papenmeier. However this company's website doesn't seem
> to have been updated since 2005. Are they still in business?
> If you are curious to know why I am even looking at these ridiculously
> priced gadgets, read on:
> I recently had an audiology test done because of some kind of ear
> problem. What came out as a result was pretty bad damage to my ears a
> part of which, the doctor says, is because of noise pollution caused due
> to continuously listening to my computer's robotic output for hours on
> end.
> I need to reduce listening but cannot reduce my work, so, am looking for
> alternate means to access a computer.
> Do you think a Braille display is a feasible alternative? given that I
> need to start from learning Braille in the first place.
> I am also considering the dragon naturally speaking as an input
> mechanism in conjunction with the Braille display to compensate for the
> loss of speed because my hands will be off the keyboard.
> I'll be trying the combination at home first, so the problem of
> interference from others in office will not be there. If it works out
> well, I'll think of translating it into an office solution.
> I'll put my thoughts about "ear care" in another thread to avoid
> digressing from this topic.
> Thanks,
> Manish
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