Braille Sense Plus QWERTY and MP3 Player is an All-in-One Computer for the Blind
Lately I’ve had a fascination with technology for the blind. I blame it on the new show Covert Affairs that features a blind sidekick, Auggie Anderson (Chris Gorham) to Piper Perabo’s character Annie Walker. I’m really digging the show along with the technology that Auggie uses irregardless of his handicap – he still makes an excellent CIA agent. The technology he uses, especially his Braille keyboard, is very sexy and I have yet to find something so snazzy in real life. However, it was a nice find that there is a slew of keyboards and other aids for the blind even if it lacks the polish. One that stood out to me pretty much does everything for you – but it’s not as sexy looking as Auggie’s keyboard. The Braille Sense Plus QWERTY Notetaker and MP3 Player may look like a keyboard but actually it’s a portable computer for the blind or visually impaired. The computer features a Braille display, MP3 Player, ability to record to MP3, and 8GB of built-in flash memory. It also runs on the Windows CE OS and an Intel X-Scale CPU. The device also works as a note-taker, word processor, it lets you surf the web, and respond to email. It is very portable and even comes complete with built-in Bluetooth compatibility and WiFi. Of course 8GB of memory is nothing in terms of storage but for what the device is – it’s not bad. The price however is blinding at $5,995!