Re: Orbit Questions


Hi everyone:

I recently listened to an audio demonstration of the sound of the orbit reader. Based on that demonstration, it sounds like the orbit reader is kind of noisy. Those of us who work in radio broadcasting an audio editing probably would not be served very well by the orbit reader as it would probably interfere with live broadcasting and audio editing. However, I hope they will make the orbit reader quieter. It sounds like it still a better braille display then the braille maybe. Just my thoughts,


On Nov 18, 2018, at 2:57 PM, Ann Parsons <> wrote:

Hi all,

<smiling> The current buzz word for what use to be called Grade I braille is uncontracted braille. Yes, a .txt file would show up as uncontracted braille.

Ann P.

Original message:
So, since the Orbit Reader reads .txt is what you read in first grade
Braille? I have heard over and over that it is not a translator so this
would seem to be the case. Let me know if I am wrong. Thanks much.
Kay Malmquist
Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its
Corrie Ten Boom - 1892-1983 - Watchmaker
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joe Giovanelli" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, November 16, 2018 10:49 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Orbit Questions

Hi, Penny,
You have the right slant on the Orbit reader. When set to its Stand Alone
operation, the device is a simple word processor. It reads .txt, .brl a
nd.brf documents.
In its Remote Mode, it can be connected to devices either via a USB cable or
bluetooth. Information on the connected device is shown on the Orbit's
I only use the Orbit reader in Stand Alone.
The Braille is excellent. I thought I'd have difficulty with no speech and
a 20 cell display, but I have had no problems at all.
I use the device to keep wear and tear to a minimum on my U2. HIMS charges
too much for most repairs.
To sum up, I really enjoy my Orbit reader. Once you understand how to work
with its Editor, I think You'll love it as well.
Joe Giovanelli

----- Original Message -----
From: Penny Golden <>
Date: Friday, November 16, 2018 11:00
Subject: [TechTalk] Orbit Questions

I've changed the subject line a bit.
What I like about the Orbit so far is the price. I do not own one, but I
own very expensive HIMS notetaking devices. I love them, but if they go
down, I'm sunk. Last year I would love to have gotten a few cells
replaced on my 32-cell u2 device. Nope; they couldn't do it; they wanted
2100 dollars to replace the entire braille display.
That's four orbits, in case you're keeping score.
I don't own an orbit yet. I'm considering it. It would be nice, first,
to just be able to hold an orbit and work with it for 5 or 15 minutes.
My understanding is that it will open whatever file you have and that is
what you see. if you have a text file, it does not translate it into
braille, as we are so used to with our HIMS or braille-note type devices.
There is no speech either, isn't that right? And there's no flash
memory, to store things. it's all done on an SD card, right?
Someone with an Orbit or with knowledge of it, perhaps you will chime in
and help me a little.
If my inquiry is beyond the scope of what is desired on the list, I'll
gladly move it into a private discussion.
all best,
the old lady schoolmarm from Eastern Nebraska.

On 11/16/2018 8:27 AM, Josh Kennedy wrote:
yes i agree. get the orbit reader20 for $449. It has 8-dot braille,
connects to NVDA and jaws, and voiceover, and brailleback, 6-key perkins
keyboard, panning buttons arrows and select buttons plus dots 7 and 8 keys
left and right of the space bar. and it has a very basic noteTaker. the
notetaker lets you write directly into brl brf or txt files in ascii or
raw braille. this means you just open your notes, and write whatever
braille code you wish whether its english, greek, or japanese, math, or
music braille. It's a nice simple display for reading, writing and using
with your pc or mac or mobile device. according to a master's thesis i got
off the internet, it most likely uses very rugged and reliable
micro-vibration cell-phone motors to make the dots go up and down. the
braille me uses braille cells that are magnetic, magnetic force makes its
braille cells work. but orbit reader20 has the most reliable braille cells

Ann K. Parsons
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