Edit Microsystems are excited to introduce the revolutionary BrailleNote Touch, which will reinvent the concept of assistive technology for the visually impaired. The Touch, with the power and openness of a modern tablet is the first Google certified Braille Tablet providing Play Store access combining the efficiency, literacy, and benefits of the most recognized braille note taker with the mainstream access of a modern tablet.

Learning to use this ground breaking device will be intuitive for people who are blind, regardless of their past experience with technology. At the heart of the BrailleNote Touch is the familiar KeySoft suite, known for its extremely short learning curve, context sensitive help, high efficiency and essential braille literacy support that the BrailleNote products have provided users for the past 16 years. BrailleNote’s KeySoft software has been completely reviewed and updated for today’s modern technology and communication landscape, making it a fully optimized user experience.

The device’s innovative, patent-pending TouchBraille entry system and braille control provide the most natural way to enter braille on a touchscreen, bringing the control of a traditional note taker to a modern but user-friendly experience. And because the user is actually typing on his touch screen, TouchBraille allows for completely silent typing with virtually no physical force or mechanical keys required.

The Touch is designed for productivity!

Completely integrated with HumanWare’s popular KeySoft apps, including KeyWord, KeyMail, KeyPlan, and more, this unique device ensures its users to get things done and stay productive in the most efficient interface possible. These familiar productivity apps of KeySoft have been completely rewritten to drive today’s mobile users with the functionality they need and expect. Create professionally formatted documents in KeyWord, send and receive emails using virtually any of today’s email providers with KeyMail, or download and read books using the popular VictorReader incorporated from the Stream, but newly optimized with braille output.

The Touch being the first and only certified braille tablet providing Play Store access means it is not strictly limited to KeySoft’s productivity apps. Users can access documents stored on Google Drive, collaborate with classmates or colleagues with Google Docs, or communicate with friends and colleagues around the world with Google Hangouts. All this can be done in perfect contracted and uncontracted braille, making it so much more enjoyable to chat in your favorite social media applications like Twitter or Facebook. You can even share YouTube videos with your sighted friends and classmates thanks to the visual touchscreen! With KeySoft and its intelligent first letter navigation, no need to ever swipe through screens since any accessible application can now be used efficiently. With the Touch, it’s really just about having fun, sharing and connecting with everyone.

“Google’s mission is to Organize all of the world’s information and make it accessible and useful. We take accessibility at Google very seriously. We have these open ecosystems which allow amazing innovators like HumanWare to take things way beyond anything that we would have imagined. This is the very first technology I have seen which brings together the best of both worlds, both accessible and mainstream technology, there are no compromises here. And it does look really cool,” said Eve Anderson, Lead of Google accessibility.

“Today, blind students and professionals have access to more available information than ever before using standard everyday devices. But quite often, accessing that information is done in extremely inefficient ways, and in the majority of cases, without any usage of braille. Traditionally, assistive technology and mainstream technology have been separate entities. Today, with the help of Google, we look to change this with the launch of the BrailleNote Touch. The Touch unifies the efficiency, braille productivity and simplicity of a traditional braille note taker, with the power and open access to apps found on today’s modern tablets,” said Greg Stilson, HumanWare Product Manager.

The Touch includes a smart carrying case that not only protects the Touch during every day use, but also features a smart and fully removable keyboard that fits directly over the touchscreen. This allows for an intuitive and familiar user experience with a smooth learning curve, perfect for young children who are learning to type braille. The keyboard also makes taking notes on the go and writing or editing long documents and emails easier and more efficient than ever.

The BrailleNote Touch is not yet available, however, customers are welcome to pre-order their units, or visit our offices for a demonstration of the Touch

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