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Braille EDGE 40 v1.1 Upgrade

HIMS is pleased to announce the release of Braille EDGE version 1.1.

Braille EDGE continues to offer the blind and visually impaired so much more than a Braille display with firmware v1.1, including the ability to read RTF, DOC, and DOCX files as well as the addition of our unique Terminal Clipboard. With v1.1, Braille EDGE is more global than ever with the addition of several language tables including Danish, Turkish and Hebrew, expanding the number of language offerings to 17. Reading and editing documents is now even more intuitive for the Braille user with v1.1 as you can now read and edit TXT, RTF, DOC and DOCX files in grade 2 Braille.

For further details, please see the complete list of changes below.

Changes for Braille EDGE v1.1

  • Changed Reset and Power on/off sequences
    • To power the Braille EDGE on/off, press and hold the “Power” button for 1 second.
    • To soft reset the Braille EDGE, press and release the Reset button.
    • To hard reset the Braille EDGE, Use a sharp object to press the button inside the pinhole toward the right end of the rear panel. When the Braille display pins are in their “Off” position, press and hold the Power button until the pins retract.
NOTE: Powering the unit on and off no longer results in the loss of settings, thus there is no more need for separate Power and Sleep Mode sequences.
  • Support reading of DOC, DOCX and RTF files
    • You can now use the built-in “Notepad” to create and edit Braille and text documents, as well as read BRF, RTF, DOC or DOCX files.
    • While you cannot save an RTF, DOC, or DOCX file, you may edit the text and save your document as a TXT file using the “Save As” function in the Notepad’s “File” menu.
  •  Support for reading text documents in contracted Braille
    • You can now read and edit TXT, DOC, DOCX and RTF documents in contracted grade 2 Braille.
    • Choose your preferred document grade using the “Set Notepad grade” option in the Braille EDGE “Options” menu.
  • Additional languages supported
    • Added support for Danish, Turkish and Hebrew tables.
    • Braille EDGE now supports 17 languages: Arabic, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, UK English and US English.
  • Added Terminal Clipboard Function
    • When in the “Terminal for Screen Reader”, use “Space-enter-I” to activate the Terminal Clipboard.
    • The Terminal Clipboard allows you to type and edit text using the Braille EDGE, then press “Enter” to send it as a block to the connected computer, phone or tablet. This is useful when using a screen reader like VoiceOver which translates as you type, sometimes creating unintended text.
  • Additions to Options
    • Inserted option to “Automatically disconnect Bluetooth at 10%”. When the power level drops to 10% while using Braille EDGE with a screen reader via Bluetooth, it disconnects automatically and produces a low battery alarm message. This is to prevent complete discharge of the battery and loss of Bluetooth pairing information.
    • Removed the “Backup” option as all options are now saved automatically.
    • Inserted “Set Notepad Grade” option as described above.

** Use the following steps to update the Braille EDGE 40:

1)      Download the firmware from the following link:

2) Extract the zip file. The zip file should contain 1 file with a .bin extension

3) Copy the .bin file to the root “the top-most directory” of an SD card

4) Connect the SD card to the Braille EDGE and connect the Braille EDGE to AC power

5) Press and hold the F8 key

6) While holding F8, press and release “Reset”

7) Continue to hold F8 until the unit announces “Start System Update”

8) The unit will update and reboot. Please check the “Information” to ensure you’re running software v1.1


NFB Review ‘The Braille Edge: new firmware, new case, almost like having a new device’

“This brief blog entry looks at what is new in the firmware of the Braille Edge and puts it through its paces. I’ll also discuss the new case built for the Edge made by Executive Products. Among the enhancements in the new firmware are the ability to read .doc, .docx, and .rtf files, the ability to read all these formats in contracted Braille, terminal clipboard, the addition of a few language Braille tables, and several other additional features. . .”

Click here to read the full review.


Jaws Braille EDGE Driver

The following .zip file contains the driver to use your device as a Braille display with Jaws for Windows, TXT and DOC versions of the installation guide, and TXT and DOC versions of the available key commands. Please download the zip file to your computer. In the File Menu of Windows Explorer choose “Extract All”. From the extracted folder, open the installation guide and follow the instructions.

JAWS Braille EDGE Driver v2.0


Window-Eyes Braille EDGE Driver

The following .zip file contains the driver to use your device as a Braille display with the Window-Eyes screen reader from GW Micro and installation and configuration instructions. Please download the zip file to your computer. In the File Menu of Windows Explorer choose “Extract All”. From the extracted folder, open the installation guide and follow the instructions.

Braille EDGE USB Driver (3.8MB)


Braille EDGE 40 iOS Bluetooth Connection

Braille EDGE Pairing with IOS devices

Use the following instructions to connect the Braille EDGE as a Bluetooth Braille display with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

Note: You must be running IOS 4.2 or higher on your i-device in order to use the Braille EDGE as a Bluetooth Braille display with VoiceOver. These instructions refer to the iPhone, however, they apply to all compatible i-devices: iPhone 3Gs and higher, iPad, and iPod Touch 3G and later.

On the Braille EDGE:

  1. Turn Bluetooth on by moving Bluetooth switch to the rear position.
  2. Press B(dots 1-2) or move to the “Terminal for Screen Reader” item in the menu and press “Enter”.
  3. Braille EDGE displays “Terminal mode”.

On the I-Phone:

  1. Navigate to Settings/General/Accessibility/VoiceOver/Braille.
  2. If Bluetooth is not activated on the I-Phone, it will prompt you to do this. WHEN Bluetooth is activated, the I-Phone searches for devices.
  3. The Braille EDGE should appear in the list of available Braille devices.
  4. Double tap the “Braille EDGE” in the Braille devices list.
  5. You are asked for a pin code. Enter 0000, as this is the default code for the Braille EDGE 40.
  6. Double tap the “Pair” button.
You should hear a chime on the iPhone, and the text displayed on the iPhone should appear on the Terminal for Screen Reader of your Braille EDGE.
For information on operating the iPhone using the Braille EDGE 40 as a Braille Terminal, please refer to Apple’s accessibility website at
To exit “Terminal for Screen reader” press “Space-z (dots 1-3-5-6)”.

Pairing Process Video

Below is a video explaining Braille EDGE 40 pairing with iOS devices: