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Braille EDGE 40

User Manual

ENGLISH MANUAL


For Software Version 1.1
(June, 2013)
When there are any manual updates,
the readme files or appendices
will be added to the manual CD
and website.



HIMS Inc.

4616 W. Howard Lane, Ste 960 Austin, TX 78728

Phone: 888-520-4467

Fax: 512-837-2011

Email: support@hims-inc.com

Safety Precautions

For your own safety and to protect the Braille EDGE 40 from accidental damage, please read and abide by the following safety precautions.



    1. The input voltage of the AC adapter is 100V - 240V, and the output is DC 5V / 2A.

    2. When you use the Braille EDGE 40 with the battery for the first time, the battery status may not be displayed accurately. To ensure the accuracy of the battery gauge, power on the Braille EDGE 40 and charge the unit via the AC adapter for more than four and a half hours, or leave the Braille EDGE 40 connected to the USB cable for more than ten and a half hours.



    1. Your Braille EDGE 40 needs to be handled with care. The Braille EDGE 40 is a very delicate machine. Make sure to handle the unit in a proper manner. Also, the Braille EDGE 40 is very sensitive to dust. Make sure to keep the Braille EDGE 40 away from dusty environments.



    1. The Braille cells are particularly sensitive, intricate parts. If any of the Braille cells are not working properly due to the presence of dust or any other reason, please contact our repair center, or the dealer from whom you purchased the Braille EDGE 40 for support.



    1. If you let your Braille EDGE 40 remain for a long time in a closed, high temperature environment such as inside a car on a hot summer day, the battery attached to the Braille EDGE may malfunction or catch fire. Please keep your Braille EDGE 40away from such environments.



    1. Do not disassemble the Braille EDGE 40 yourself. Do not have anyone else who is not authorized by HIMS take apart the Braille EDGE 40. If an unqualified person disassembles the unit, serious damage may occur to the Braille EDGE 40. If an unauthorized person disassembles the Braille EDGE 40, the warranty is voided, and the unit will be excluded from any free maintenance. If any liquid or external force damages the unit, it may also be excluded from free maintenance, even if the damage occurs during the warranty period.




    1. We thank you for using the Braille EDGE 40, and we value any comments or suggestions you have for our product. If you have any complaints or suggestions, please place your comments on our website. We will improve our product based on your comments and suggestions.




    1. This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.

Operation is subject to the following two conditions.

  1. This device may not cause harmful interference, and

  2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

This equipment can generate, use and radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation.

If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

- Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

- Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

- Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.



IMPORTANT NOTE:

FCC RF Radiation Exposure Statement:

This equipment complies with FCC RF radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment. This equipment should be installed and operated with a minimum distance of 20 cm between the radiator and your body. This transmitter must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.

Notice


  • This user manual and products are protected by copyright law

  • Microsoft Windows, and the Windows Logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation United States other countries.


Copyright 2013. All RIGHTS reserved, HIMS International.

This User Manual is protected by copyright belonging to HIMS, with all rights reserved. Information in this document is subject to change without notice. The User Manual may not be copied in whole or part, without consent from HIMS.



Table of contents


1. Getting Started


1.1 What is the Braille EDGE 40?
The Braille EDGE 40 is a 40-cell Braille display developed and manufactured by HIMS for use by the blind and visually impaired. The Braille EDGE 40 can be used to do the following:


  1. Use the Braille EDGE 40 as a Braille display/terminal for your Windows, Mac, IOS, or Android screen reader. The Perkins-style keyboard, scroll and navigation keys, and 8 function keys provide the convenience of Braille input combined with the intuitive functionality of a computer keyboard.

  2. Use the built-in “Notepad” to create and edit Braille and text documents, or read BRF, RTF, DOC or DOCX files on the go.

  3. Utilize several built-in utilities including Schedule Manager, Calculator, alarm/clock, stopwatch, and count-down timer.

  4. Connect a USB mouse and use the wheel to quickly scroll documents, and click to open menus.



1.2 Package


  1. Braille EDGE 40

  2. Power Adapter

  3. USB Cable

  4. USB Gender adapter

  5. SD Card (2GB)

  6. Carrying case

  7. Documentation/driver CD

  8. Braille Quick Reference Guide



1.3 Hardware Specifications

1) Operating System: Windows CE 5.0

2) RAM: 128 MB

3) CPU: Samsung S3C2443X

4) Battery: Lithium polymer.

5) Running Time: About 20 hours

6) Keyboard: 9 key Perkins-style Braille keyboard, 8 Function keys,

8 Navigation buttons, 4 Scroll buttons, 40 cursor routing keys

7) Additional Buttons: Power button, Bluetooth on/off switch,

Reset button, hard reset button

8) Braille display: 40 refreshable Braille cells

9) Bluetooth: 2.0+EDR

10) Interface: 1 USB OTG port (ver.2.0), 1 SD slot

11) Sound: Mono speaker

12) Size: 31cm x 10.2 cm x 2.2 cm


1.4 Physical Orientation
To get the most from your Braille EDGE 40, it is important to become oriented to the buttons on your Braille EDGE 40 as well as learning their functions. This section explains the physical configuration of the Braille EDGE 40. The Braille EDGE 40 is 12.2 inches long by 4 inches wide by 0.86 inches high. Place the Braille EDGE 40 on a desk or table top with the Braille display nearest you. Its shape resembles a long, thin rectangular box. This section of the manual describes each side of the Braille EDGE 40 and the basic function(s) of each button. We will discuss the panels in the following order: top panel, left panel, right panel, front panel, and rear panel.












1.4.1 Top panel

The top face of the unit contains the keyboard and Braille display. Along the front edge of the top panel are 40 refreshable Braille cells. Just above the Braille display. There are 40 small, oval-shaped buttons corresponding to each of the 40 Braille cells. These buttons are called cursor routing keys. When you are editing documents, you can use these keys to route your cursor to the character of the corresponding Braille cell.

On each side of the Braille display are two capsule shaped keys. These are the "UP" and "DOWN" scroll keys. The scroll keys are used to scroll the Braille display through menus, fields, lists or text. You can use the scroll keys to scroll by display length or line.

Above the Braille display are the Perkins keyboard and the function and navigation keys. Near the center of the unit is a 9 key Perkins-style keyboard, consisting of Braille dots 1:6, "SPACE", "BACKSPACE", and "ENTER". When you are typing, you should place your fingers on these 9 keys in the following manner:

Place the index finger, middle finger, ring finger, and pinky finger of your left hand on the left four buttons. Then, place the index finger, middle finger, ring finger, and pinky finger of your right hand on the right four buttons. Finally, place both of your thumbs on the spacebar.

The button where you placed your left index finger corresponds with dot one in Braille. The button that your left middle finger is on corresponds to dot two, and the button under your left ring finger corresponds to dot three. The button on which your left pinky finger is placed is the Backspace key.

The button under your right index finger corresponds with dot four in Braille. The button under your right middle finger is dot five, and the button on which your ring finger is placed corresponds with dot six in Braille. The button on which your right pinky is placed is the Enter key. And, the long bar shaped button under your thumbs is the spacebar.

On the same row as the Space bar are 8 rectangular function keys: four to the left of the spacebar, and four to the right. Moving from left to right, these keys are numbered f1-f8 and are programmed with the following functions: Esc, Tab, Ctrl, Alt, Shift, Insert, Windows, and Applications.

On each of the upper left and right corners of the top face of the Braille EDGE 40 are 4 buttons in a circular pattern. These are the navigation buttons and correspond to UP, DOWN, LEFT, and RIGHT arrows respective to the direction the buttons are pointed. These keys are also used in conjunction with other keys to create hot key commands.

Along the far edge of the top face of the unit, are located a speaker and 2 LED lights. The speaker is located between dot 1 and dot 4 and is used to output system sounds and audio alerts.

The LED lights are located above the navigation buttons on the right side of the top face. The left LED light shows Bluetooth status; when Bluetooth is activated, this LED light turns blue. The right LED indicates the status of the power; when you are charging the unit, the LED turns red. When the Braille EDGE 40 is powered on, the LED turns yellow. These LED lights help a sighted person easily determine the status of the unit when working with students. This helps them quickly evaluate whether options need to be changed for accomplishing current tasks, or if options are activated unnecessarily, and can be turned off to save power, etc.

1.4.2 Left Panel

The left panel contains 2 items. About halfway between front and rear of the unit is the Bluetooth on/off switch. Slide the switch toward the rear of the unit to turn Bluetooth on. There is a Braille letter “b” behind the Bluetooth switch to indicate the correct direction. Slide the switch toward the front of the unit to turn Bluetooth off, in which case, you can save power while using the internal applications on the unit or while the unit is used as a Braille terminal via USB.

Near the rear of the unit on the left panel is the SD card slot. The Braille EDGE 40 can accommodate high capacity SD cards up to 32GB.

1.4.3 Right Panel

The Right panel of the Braille EDGE 40 contains the USB OTG port and the AC adapter jack. Nearer the front of the unit on the right panel is a small port for connecting a USB cable. Use this cable to connect the Braille EDGE 40 to a computer for use as a USB Braille display or to charge the unit. To charge the unit via AC power, please connect the small round end of the AC adapter cable to the round jack near the rear of the right panel. Plug the larger, box-like end of the AC adapter in to a standard electrical outlet.



1.4.4 Front Panel

The front panel contains only one button near the right end of the front panel is a large, rectangular button used to turn the Braille EDGE 40 on/off.

Press the power button on the right side of the front panel for about 1 second to power the unit on/off.

When the unit is powered on, again, hold the Power button for about 1 second to power the unit off.



1.4.5 Rear Panel

The rear panel of the Braille EDGE 40 contains 2 very small buttons. Near the right end of the rear panel is a small pin hole containing the “Hard reset” button. The “Hard reset” button is used when the “Reset” button has no affect or when the battery is completely depleted and connecting the AC adapter doesn’t reboot the unit. You can use a toothpick or the end of a paperclip to press the “Hard reset” button. Be careful when pressing the “Hard reset” button as, if you are not careful, pressing too hard or using an end too small may damage the device.

If you press the “Hard reset” button on the rear panel then press the power button on the front panel, the Braille EDGE 40 reboots, initializing all the settings on the unit to their factory defaults.

Toward the left end of the rear panel is a small, round recess with a dot-like button inside it. This is the “Reset” button. If your unit is not responding properly, press this button to perform a soft reboot of the Braille EDGE 40.

NOTE: do NOT press the "Reset" button for more than 5 seconds. It takes about fifteen seconds for your unit to complete the reboot process.

2. Basic Functions

2.1 Power on/off

Press the power button on the right side of the front panel for about 1 second to power the unit on/off.

When the unit is powered on, again, hold the Power button for about 1 second to power the unit off.

2.2 How to navigate
Use the following keystrokes to navigate menus, lists, and programs on the Braille EDGE 40:

1. Move to the next item in a menu or list:

Down navigation button or Space-4

2. Move to the previous item in a menu or list:

Up navigation button or Space-1

3. Move to the first item in a menu or list:

Up navigation button-left navigation button or Space-1-3

4. Move to the last item in a menu or list:

Down navigation button-right navigation button or Space-4-6

5. Move to the next 40 items:

Ctrl-up navigation button or Space-1-2-6

6. Move to the previous 40 items:

Ctrl-down navigation button or Space-3-4-5

7. Execute program:

Enter, or right navigation button, or cursor routing key twice

8. Enter sub folder:

Enter, or right navigation button, or cursor routing key twice

9. Cancel: Esc key or left navigation button



2.3 Function keys

On the same row as the spacebar there are 8 rectangular function keys, 4 to the left of the spacebar, and 4 to the right. These keys help you more intuitively interface with your PC as they are mapped to common PC keyboard functions. They can also be used to more easily perform functions in the internal applications.

NOTE: The key mappings listed below reflect the functionality we feel to be of most intuitive use for these keys. However, supported screen readers’ use of these function keys may vary, thus, you should consult each screen reader’s documentation on use with the Braille EDGE to discover the functions of these keys.

Also Note: some function keys also have Braille keyboard equivalents as listed below.

From left to right, the function keys are as follows:

1. Esc: Cancels the current menu/program

Space-E (dots 1-5)

2. Tab: Advances the cursor to the next tab stop

Space -dots 4-5

3. Ctrl


4. Alt: Opens the menu

Space-M (dots 1-3-4)

5. Shift

6. Insert

7. Windows

8. Applications


Note: You cannot multi-task on the Braille EDGE 40, thus there is no hot key for bringing up the main menu, as you must exit the current program and return to the main menu before opening another application.
2.4 Using Menus

The main menu on the Braille EDGE 40 consists of the following 5 items:

1. Notepad

2. Terminal for Screen Reader

3. Applications

4. Options

5. Information

You can navigate the main menu, or any menu on the unit, using the navigation commands listed in the previous section. You can also press the menu's shortcut key, usually the first letter of the menu name, to quickly jump to and execute that menu item. Often menu items can also be executed instantly with a hotkey, enabling you to perform the desired action without accessing the menus.

When viewing menu items, several things are displayed including the item name, its shortcut key, a hot key if one is available, and whether the item has a sub menu or opens a dialog.

1) Shortcut keys:

Shortcut keys are displayed in parentheses following the menu names for example, Open (o). If you press the shortcut key, you can execute the menu or item directly from anywhere in the menu.

2) Sub menus:

When a menu contains a sub menu, the word "Pull down" is displayed after the item to indicate that pressing "Enter" will "pull down" another menu.

3) Dialogs:

When the menu item opens a dialog, the word "Dialog" is displayed after the item to indicate that pressing "Enter' on this item will bring up a dialog.

4) Hot keys:

Hotkeys generally consist of a modifier such as "Enter," "Space," or "Backspace", pressed simultaneously with a letter or dot combination. These are displayed following the shortcut keys.

For example, if you are in the Notepad, and press "Space-m (dots 1-3-4)" or "F2," then press "Enter" on "File," you see "New (n) pull down Ctrl-n". The word "New" is the menu option. YOU would press the letter "n (dots 1-3-4-5)" to jump to "New" from within the "File" menu. Press "Ctrl-n" to access the "New" document command from anywhere in Notepad. The “n” is the shortcut key and "Ctrl-n" is the hotkey. It is important to note that some hotkey commands are global, thus will work from anywhere on the unit, and some are program specific.



Note: if you are in a sub menu or dialog box, and the Braille EDGE 40is powered off, when the unit is powered back on, the sub menu or dialog is closed and you are returned to the location at which you entered the menus.

2.5 Charging and using battery

Though the Braille EDGE 40 alerts you when the battery is low, it is important to keep track of the battery status so as not to lose unsaved data or unexpectedly disconnect a Bluetooth Braille display connection.

To check the battery power status, press "Space-P (dots 1-2-3-4)". The unit displays the following 2 items:

1. Battery power level

2. Power source (battery, AC power or USB power)

The battery power level represents the percentage of the remaining battery power. The power source indicates whether the unit is being operated using the battery, the AC power or USB power supply.

To close the battery power status dialog, press F1 button (Esc).

When the battery level falls below 15%, the Braille EDGE displays the message, “battery low” and suggests you connect the AC adapter. When the battery level falls below 5%, the Braille EDGE displays a warning that the unit will automatically hard reset in 3 minutes time if the AC adapter is not connected.

Note: if you are concerned about losing Bluetooth connection settings, you may wish to activate the “Auto disconnect Bluetooth at 10%” setting in the “Global options”. If this item is set to “On”, the Braille EDGE 40 alerts you and disconnects from a Bluetooth device when the battery level drops to 10%.

2.6 Reset and Hard reset

1. If the Braille EDGE 40 does not respond to keystrokes or commands, it may be necessary to reset the unit. To perform a soft reset of the Braille EDGE 40, press the “Reset” button on the rear panel. Do NOT hold the “Reset” button for more than 5 seconds.

Note: it takes about 15 seconds for the unit to reboot.

2. If pressing the "Reset" button does not revive the Braille EDGE 40 or the battery is completely depleted, you may need to perform a ‘Hard reset’. You can use a toothpick or the end of a paperclip to press the ‘Hard reset’ button. Be careful when pressing the ‘Hard reset’ button as pressing too hard or using an end too small may damage the device. If you press the “Hard reset” button on the rear panel then press the “power” button on the front panel, Braille EDGE 40 reboots, initializing all settings to their factory defaults.



2.7 Set date and time

It is important for use with the Schedule Manager and alarm functions, that the date and time is set correctly. To set the date and time, follow the instructions below:

1) From the Main menu, press “a (dot-1)” to open the Applications Menu. Press “t (dots-2-3-4-5)” to open “Date and Time”. Press “Control-s (dots-2-3-4)”, or press “alt” to open the Menu and press “enter” on “set”.

2) Type the time as hhmm using normal text editing commands. You may also use the following navigation keys to modify the time.

Up/down button: change time

Left/right button: modify hour or minute

3) Press ‘Enter’ or right navigation button to move to the Date Edit box.

4) Type month, day and year as mmddyyyy. Ex) 01252012 (25th January, 2012) or you can modify the date using the following commands:

Up/down button: change value

Left/right button: modify month, day, year

5) Press ENTER to save your settings.

2.8 Using the help menu
You can access context specific help anywhere on the unit by pressing “Space-h (dots-1-2-5)”. If you press the “Help” command, it brings up a list of hot keys pertaining to the currently open program.

Move among the items using Space-dot 1/space-dot4. You can select an item or function by pressing ‘Enter’. However, if you select a function which cannot be performed in your current context, an alert sound is heard and no action is executed.



2.9 Using a USB mouse with the Braille EDGE 40

You can use a USB mouse with the Braille EDGE 40 for additional navigation options in Braille EDGE’s built in applications. To connect a mouse to the Braille EDGE 40, follow below instructions:

1) Connect your USB mouse to the included USB OTG gender adapter.

2) Connect the USB OTG gender adapter cable to the USB OTG port on the Braille EDGE 40.


You can use the mouse to perform the following functions on the Braille EDGE 40:

  1. Click the right mouse button: Open menu/ Alt

  2. Double click the right mouse button: Open the “Global Options” menu/Space-O (dots1-3-5)

  3. Click the left mouse button: Select or deselect current item (Only in the file browser)

  4. Double click the left mouse button: Execute the selected function

  5. Click both right and left mouse buttons: Exit function/ Space-Z(dots 1-2-5-6)

  6. Scroll wheel down one click: Move to the next item, Space-dot 4

  7. Scroll wheel up one click: Move to the previous item, Space-dot 1

  8. Click mouse wheel in file browser: Move back a level in the folder structure.

  9. Click mouse wheel in notepad: cycle scrolling unit between line, sentence, paragraph, and page.

  10. Double click mouse wheel in Notepad: toggle auto scroll on/off.

  11. Click left mouse button in Notepad: Start block or exit

You can also use the mouse wheel to quickly scroll through documents or file or menu lists.
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