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Braille embossers transcribe print text into embossed braille output. They differ in such factors as printing speed, line width, and type and weight of paper. Embossers may print on either one or two sides of the paper and may produce either 6- or 8-dot braille.
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Items listed are not part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped program, and their listing does not imply endorsement.
Embosses at fifteen characters per second in either 6- or 8-dot braille. Has a built-in speech synthesizer that may also be used with a computer. Handles paper up to 8-1/2 inches wide, in any length. Blazie Engineering, $1,695
Does two-sided embossing at 80 characters per second. Can adjust the braille for different weights of paper. Comes with built-in ET Speaks as standard equipment. Enabling Technologies, $8,995
Has same features as Braille BookMaker, but embosses at 100 characters per second. Enabling Technologies, $10,995
Has same features as Braille BookMaker, but embosses at 150 characters per second. Enabling Technologies, $15,995
Has two-speed capability at 50 and 75 characters per second. Includes graphics access and serial and parallel ports. American Thermoform, M4/0-0600, $3,295
Embosses braille on either one or two sides. Produces 600 pages an hour utilizing standard continuous pinfeed fanfold paper. American Thermoform, M4/0-0200, $36,995
Has twice the speed of the Braillo 200 to produce 1,200 pages per hour. American Thermoform, M4/0-0400, $77,995
Produces braille and print on the same page simultaneously. Has braille-only or print-only options and a speed of 50 characters per second. American Thermoform, $3,950
Is similar to the Juliet Classic, but has a shorter 40-character line and more speed. Enabling Technologies, $3,795 HumanWare, $3,795
Produces two-sided braille text or graphics at 100 characters per second using continuous tractor-feed paper. American Thermoform, M7/E-0200, $3,695 Sighted Electronics, $3,695
Is similar to Index Basic-D, but embosses one-sided at 50 characters per second. Sighted Electronics, $2,995
Acts as a two-sided printer using single-sheet paper, with a speed of 91 characters per second or 340 pages per hour. American Thermoform, M7/E-0100, $4,295 Sighted Electronics, $4,295
Prints at 100 characters per second or 380 pages per hour to produce magazines, books, and newspapers in a saddle-stitch binding format. Sighted Electronics, $8,140
Has a speed of 55 characters per second, two-sided embossing, and graphics capabilities and can use standard and variable paper sizes and weights. Enabling Technologies, $3,795 HumanWare, $3,795
Has a speed of 55 characters per second, two-sided 56-character line, and graphics capabilities and can use standard and variable paper sizes and weights. Enabling Technologies, $4,095
Has 60 characters per second speed, two-sided 40-character line, and graphics capabilities and can use standard and variable paper sizes and weights. Enabling Technologies, $4,095 HumanWare, $4,095
Runs at 200 characters per second. Is equipped with both serial and parallel ports to allow interface with virtually any computer system or host device. Enabling Technologies, $14,995
Can be used as an embosser, a braille writer, a notetaker that can type braille directly into an electronic memory rather than on paper, a forward translation system that translates print into braille, and a back translation system for the braillist who wants a print copy. Can be driven by an external keyboard for one-handed use. HumanWare, $3,695-$3,945
Has an operating speed of 40 characters per second or 120 pages per hour. Allows text embossing in either the vertical or horizontal axis. HumanWare, $3,295
Embosses two-sided 6- and 8-dot braille on single sheets, continuous forms, plastic, and magazine sheets. Uses a built-in speech synthesizer to signal when paper is out and waits for more to be inserted. Has both serial and parallel interfaces. Sighted Electronics, $1,995 (single-sided), $2,835 (double-sided)
Embosses one-sided braille at 25 characters per second. Enabling Technologies, $2,495-$2,995 HumanWare, $2,495
Embosses one-sided braille at 40 characters per second. Will emboss on plastic or light metal foil. Enabling Technologies, $3,795
Offers 6- or 8-dots collating or continuous two-sided printing at a rate of 600 pages per hour. Sighted Electronics, $37,000
Has a speed of 40 characters per second. Can combine graphics or tactile pictures with text and print them on a separate sheet without stopping. Enabling Technologies, $3,295-$3,595
Embosses text into braille and reproduces graphics in tactile form simultaneously. Uses a standard Windows graphics-capable printer driver that allows printing from any application running in the Windows 95, 98, or NT environment. ViewPlus Technologies, $9,750
Embosses either 6- or 8-dot braille and tactile graphics at 60 characters per second across its 40-character line length in one- or two-sided mode. Blazie Engineering, $3,795-$4,045
Supports Index embossers. Provides a software package that allows for braille translating, formatting, and embossing from the print icon in the Windows editor. Free for Index users; download at http://www.indexbraille.com/winbrail.htm.
American Foundation for the Blind. National Technology Program. Braille technology. Feb. 2000. http://www.afb.org/technology/fs_brailtech.html.
Andrews, David. How fast is it really? Braille monitor, Jan. 1996: 10-14.
Connell, Tim. The Mountbatten Brailler: an update. Dialogue, v. 34, winter 1995: 56-61.
Dotson, Nick. Romeo and VersaPoint: a comparison of two braille embossers. Tactic, v. 10, winter 1994: 41-45.
Leventhal, Jay. A review of an inexpensive interpoint braille printer. JVIB news service, v. 88, Mar.-Apr. 1994: 18-20.
The organizations below provide information on and evaluations of assistive technology for individuals with visual impairments and their families and professionals who work with them.American Foundation for the Blind
Sells: Braille Blazer, ET, Juliet, Romeo, VersaPoint DuoAccess Technologies
Sells: Braille Blazer, ET, Juliet, Romeo, Thomas, VersaPoint DuoElectronic Visual Aid Specialists (EVAS)
Sells: Braille BookMaker, Braille Express, Index Basic, Index Everest, Juliet, Marathon, Mountbatten, Porta-Thiel, Romeo, Thomas, VersaPoint DuoFreedom of Speech, Inc.
Sells: Braille Blazer, Juliet, Marathon, Romeo, Thomas, VersaPoint DuoIndependent Living Aids, Inc.
Sells: Basic-S, Basic-D, Braille Blazer, Porta-ThielLS&S Group
Sells: Braille Blazer, Braillo CometMaxi-Aids
Sells: Index Basic, Porta-ThielPriority Products and Services, Inc.
Sells: Braille Blazer, Braille BookMaker, Braille Express, ET, Juliet, Marathon, Romeo, ThomasSynapse Adaptive
Sells: Index Basic, Index EverestWoodLake Technologies, Inc.
Sells: Braille BookMaker, Braille Express, Index Basic, Juliet, Marathon, Romeo, Thomas
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Posted on 2014-04-23