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Braille EDGE 40 v1.1 Firmware Update (Updated: 1/15/16)

HIMS is pleased to release another Braille EDGE 40 update.  In this release, we bring users the following additions and fixes:

  1. Unified English Braille is now available under the  Braille Table option when operating Braille EDGE in either US or UK English. While users have been able to use UEB in the past with a screen reader, now UEB is available when using the EDGE as a standalone device.
  2. Appointments in the Scheduler are now automatically backed up to the SD card when one is inserted.
  3. Users can now enter a special “Typing Mode” that prevents them from entering commands accidentally as they type. When in Typing Mode, if the user presses a key combination like “Space-dot-4″, the Space and dot 4 are entered separately rather than as a key combination.
    • Typing mode on/off toggle: F4-K.
  4. Braille EDGE now offers a test/learn mode.
    • To start Test Mode, from anywhere on the unit, press “Backspace-space-Enter-T” .
    • Each dot raises and lowers individually 1 by 1 until the user stops the process.
    • Pause/resume the test by pressing “Space”.
    • When in paused status, press each key to read a description of its function. Press a cursor router to raise all the dots in the corresponding cell.
    • Press “Space-Z” to exit Test Mode and return to normal operation.

You can download this new firmware from the following link:
http://hims-inc.com/download/BrailleEDGE40_151210.zip

  1. Download the ZIP file from the link above.
  2. Extract the ZIP file. User should see a single .bin file.
  3. Copy this .bin file to the root of a SD card.
  4. Insert the SD card into the Braille EDGE 40.
  5. Hold down F8 while pressing the reset button. (NOTE: It is NOT necessary to hold down reset.)
  6. Continue holding F8 until the Braille EDGE speaks, “Start system update”.
  7. The machine plays progress sounds to indicate that something is in fact happening.
  8. The machine should say, “Update Success” and then restart itself after 10 seconds.

Check that the machine is running version 1.1, build 20151210:

  1. From the Main Menu, use the SPACEBAR repeatedly until you get to “Information”.
  2. Press ENTER to open this screen.
  3. Press SPACE-DOT 4 twice. This will display the version and build you are running.

We hope you find this update useful. If you have questions, please feel free to contact our Tech Support Team at (512) 837-2000 and press option 2 for Tech Support.

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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.

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Free Firmware Upgrade Policy!

Did You Know… HIMS offers FREE firmware upgrades on ALL HIMS notetakers, Braille displays, DAISY/Multi-Players and Low Vision products with OCR and iPad Connectivity! That’s right… whether we release one, two, or even more firmware upgrades in a year, they’re all FREE! Click here to learn more about our Free Firmware Upgrade Policy.

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Braille EDGE USB Driver

The following .zip file contains the driver to use your device as a Braille display with the screen reader like Window-Eyes 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)

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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

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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 www.apple.com/accessibility
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:

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