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Braille Sense U2 MINI

User Manual

ENGLISH MANUAL


For Software Version 8.2
(June, 2014)

When there are any manual updates,
the readme files or appendices
will be added to the manual CD
and website.

HIMS International
139-9, Gajung-dong, Yuseong-gu,

Daejeon, Korea 305-350

Phone: +82-42-864-4460

Fax: +82-42-864-4462

Email: hims@himsintl.com

Website: www.himsintl.com

Safety Precautions
For your safety and protection of the Braille Sense U2 MINI, 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.




    1. When the Braille Sense U2 MINI is shipped, the battery may be packaged separate from the unit to avoid damage. When you use the Braille Sense U2 MINI for the first time, you may need to open the package, remove the battery, and insert it into the battery slot at the rear panel of the unit. (See section 1, introduction, for more details on inserting the battery.) It is possible that the dealer or distributor from whom you purchased the Braille Sense U2 MINI has already done this for you. The battery may not be fully charged when it is shipped. Before you use the Braille Sense U2 MINI, you should ensure the battery is fully charged.




    1. When you use the Braille Sense U2 MINI with the battery for the first time, the battery status may not be displayed accurately. To avoid this, leave the Braille Sense U2 MINI connected to the AC adapter for about two hours with the unit turned on. If you want to use the Braille Sense U2 MINI immediately, you may use it while it is charging.




    1. If you want or need to remove the battery from the unit, power the unit off, and then remove the battery. If the unit is connected to AC power, before re-inserting the battery in to the unit, make certain that the power is off.

There is a risk of explosion if battery is replaced by an incorrect type. Please make certain to use only battery packs produced specifically for the Braille Sense U2 MINI by HIMS. Please dispose of used batteries according to the instructions.


    1. When you are using the Braille Sense U2 MINI on battery power, the status of the remaining battery power is announced when the battery charge is low. When the battery’s charge falls below 15 percent, connect the AC adapter to the unit for recharging. If the remaining battery charge drops to five percent, and the unit is not connected to the AC adapter, the Braille Sense U2 MINI shuts down one minute after the announcement of the battery’s status. The amount of battery life per charge varies depending on the options you have set and the number and type of tasks you are running.




    1. Your Braille Sense U2 MINI needs to be handled with care. The Braille Sense U2 MINI is a very delicate machine. Please handle the unit in a proper, careful manner. The Braille Sense U2 MINI is very sensitive to dust. Make sure to keep the Braille Sense U2 MINI away from dusty environments.




    1. The Braille cells are very sensitive, intricate parts. If the Braille cells are not working properly due to the presence of dust or for any other reason, please contact our repair center, or the dealer from whom you purchased the Braille Sense U2 MINI for support.




    1. You should register your Braille Sense U2 MINI in order to ensure further maintenance, service, and upgrade information. Please visit www.hims-inc.com, to register your information. If you have any trouble when registering your information, please contact the dealer from whom you purchased your Braille Sense U2 MINI for help.




    1. Do not take apart the Braille Sense U2 MINI yourself. Do not have anyone else who is not authorized by HIMS take apart the Braille Sense U2 MINI. If an unqualified person disassembles the unit, serious damage may occur to the Braille Sense U2 MINI. If an unauthorized person disassembles the Braille Sense U2 MINI, the unit is excluded from any free maintenance, and the warranty becomes void. 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. Do not leave your Braille Sense U2 MINI in closed or high temperature environments such as inside a car on a hot summer day, as the battery attached to the Braille Sense U2 MINI may be damaged or catch fire. Please do not let your Braille Sense U2 MINI remain in such environments for long periods of time.




    1. Thank you for using the Braille Sense U2 MINI. We value any comments or suggestions you have for our product. If you have any complaints or suggestions, please provide us with your comments on our website. We will improve our product based on your comments and suggestions.



    1. To prevent possible damage to your hearing, do not listen to audio at high volume levels for long periods.




    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. This equipment generates, uses and can 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.

Caution Statement for Modifications

CAUTION : Any Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.

Mobile Device RF Exposure Statement

RF Exposure - This device is only authorized for use in a mobile application. At least 20 cm of separation distance between the transmitting antenna device and the user's body must be maintained at all times.


Model Name:

Manufacturer Name:

S/N:

This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules.



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.

Congratulations on the purchase of your Braille Sense U2 MINI! The Braille Sense U2 MINI is capable of doing everything that an ordinary PDA can do, and more – all without the need for a screen!


I. Your Braille Sense U2 MINI packing box should contain the following items:


  1. Braille Sense U2 MINI

  2. 2 Batteries

  3. External Battery Charger

  4. Carrying Case

  5. AC adapter

  6. USB Cable for connecting to PC

  7. USB Gender adapter

  8. Earbuds

  9. Documentation CD

  10. Braille Commands Summary


II. How to use this manual
Before using the Braille Sense U2 MINI, you should read the entire manual to familiarize yourself with the functions of the Braille Sense U2 MINI. The Braille Sense U2 MINI contains many programs with a variety of functions, thus, reading the entire manual will allow you to operate the Braille Sense U2 MINI to its fullest potential.
In this manual you will see references to hot keys and shortcut keys. These keys refer to ways to access menus and functions quickly by using a combination of keystrokes. Please note that not all hot keys and shortcut keys will work from every location on the Braille Sense U2 MINI. Some hot keys and shortcut keys are program specific, thus, they require that you be within a specific program for them to work.
This user manual notes how to press hot keys and shortcut keys in the following manner: Keys that are to be pressed at the same time are separated by a – (dash). When you see “Space-b (dots 1-2),” this means that you should press “Space” and dots 1 and 2 simultaneously.
If you are unable to find a solution to a problem within the manual, or if you need assistance with the Braille Sense U2 MINI, please email us at support@hims-inc.com. You may also visit us on the web at www.hims-inc.com; or, you can call us at 512-837-2000.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

2. Basic Functions of the Braille Sense U2 MINI 24

2.1 How to Enter Commands 24

2.1.1 Basic Alerts and Messages 24



3.3 Bluetooth Manager 57

3.3.1 Bluetooth Device List 58

3.3.2 Bluetooth Service List 60

3.3.3 Hot keys in Bluetooth Manager 77



3.7 Change device Name 82

3.8 Password Protection 83

3.8.1 Setting and modifying passwords. 83

3.8.2 Password Configuration 84

3.8.3 Reset Password to factory defaults. 84

3.9.1 Global Options Overview 86

3.9.2 Global Options in Detail 87



4.3 The File Menu. 109

4.3.2 Open With 110

4.3.3 Open in Second Word Processor. 111

4.4 The Edit menu. 117

4.5 The View Menu. 119

4.6 Network menu. 121

4.7 EML Viewer 125

5.1.3 Open in new Word Processor 132

5.4.10 Read Cursor Position 162

7.1 Media Player 226

7.1.1 Using the media buttons 226

7.1.2 Braille Keyboard and Extended Keys 229

7.1.3 How to Use the Media Player Menu 233

7.1.4 Additional features 255

7.1.5 Hot Keys in the Media Player 255



7.2 FM Radio 257

7.2.1 Listening to FM Radio via the internal speakers 258

7.2.2 Frequency control 259

7.2.3 Adding and navigating presets 259

7.2.4 Recording from the FM Radio 261

7.2.5 Additional features 264

7.2.6 Hot Keys in the FM Radio 264

7.3 DAISY Player 265

7.3.1 Registering with digital Book Service Providers. 265

7.3.2 Executing the DAISY Player 269

7.3.3 Components of the DAISY Player 271

7.3.4 File 271

7.3.5 Document Navigation 276

7.3.6 Mark 279

7.3.7 Heading 281

7.3.8 Hot Keys in the DAISY Player 284

7.4 YouTube 285

7.4.1 The Top Menu 286

7.4.2 The Search Dialog 286

7.4.3 The Search Results Dialog 286

7.4.4 The Playback Dialog 287

7.4.5 The File Menu 289

7.4.6 Play Menu 290

7.4.7 Favorites Menu 292

7.4.8 Settings 293

7.4.9 Hot Keys in YouTube 293



8. Organizer. 295

8.1 Address Manager 295

8.1.1 What is the "Address Manager"? 295

8.1.2 Starting the "Address Manager" 296

8.1.3 Using "Add Address" 296

8.1.4 Searching For an Address 299

8.1.5 Backing up and restoring the address list 301

8.1.6 Importing and Exporting CSV 303

8.1.7 Commands in the Records Found List 308

8.1.8 Synchronizing With Microsoft Outlook 310

8.1.9 Hot Keys in the "Address Manager" 311



8.2 Schedule Manager 312

8.2.1 Overview 312

8.2.2 Starting "Schedule Manager" 313

8.2.3 Setting time and date 313

8.2.4 Adding a Schedule 314

8.2.5 Search Schedule 321

8.2.6 Modify Schedule 323

8.2.7 Deleting a Schedule 323

8.2.8 Printing a Schedule 324

8.2.9 Saving Appointments as a File 324

8.2.10 Backing Up and Restoring Your Appointments 325

8.2.11 Setting Alarm Option 327

8.2.12 Synchronizing With Microsoft Outlook 329

8.2.13 Hot Keys for the Schedule Manager 329



8.3 Database Manager 331

8.3.1 Table Manager 332

8.3.2 Add Record 337

8.3.3 Search Records 338

8.3.4 List of Records Found 340

8.3.5 Setting Backup Options 340

8.3.6 Backup Database 341

8.3.7 Restore Database 341

8.3.8 Importing and Exporting CSV 342

8.3.9 Creating a table from CSV 346

8.3.10 Hot Keys for "Database Manager" 348

9.1 Web Browser 350

9.1.1 File 350

9.1.2 Edit 353

9.1.3 Go To 355

9.1.4 Read 361

9.1.5 Favorites 363

9.1.6 Options 365

9.1.7 Read Page 368

9.1.8 Hot keys in the "Web Browser" 373

9.1.9 What the "Web Browser" Does Not Support 376



9.2 Quick Browser 376

9.2.1 File menu 377

9.2.2 Edit 379

9.2.3 Go To 380

9.2.4 Read menu 386

9.2.5 Favorites 387

9.2.6 Page Navigation 389

9.2.7 Hot keys in the "Quick Browser" 393

9.2.8 What the "Quick Browser" Does Not Support 395

9.3 Google Search 396

9.4 RSS Reader. 398

10.5 Facebook 461

10.6.4 Facebook Commands 472



11.4 Excel Viewer 496

11.5 Dropbox 515

12. Games 525

12.1 Sense Dice game 525

12.1.1 Executing the Dice Game 525

12.1.2 How it works 525

12.2 Sense Brain Game 526

12.2.1 Executing the Sense Brain Game 526

12.2.2 Game menu 526

12.2.3 Playing a Game 526

12.2.4 Memory game 527

12.2.5 Reverse game 527

12.2.6 Chase a criminal 527

12.2.7 Multiplication table 528

12.2.8 View ranking 528

16.9.4 Facebook. 607

16.10.5 online DAISY. 612

16.13.5 Password Protection. 619

17.9.4 Facebook. 648

17.10.5 online DAISY. 652



17.13.5 Password protection. 658


1. Introduction


    1. What is the Braille Sense U2 MINI?

The Braille Sense U2 MINI is a Braille note taker developed and manufactured by HIMS, for people who are blind and visually impaired. The Braille Sense U2 MINI has a variety of powerful capabilities, including the following.

  1. Use the Word Processor and the Perkins style keyboard to create Braille documents.

  2. Print your text documents using any compatible Bluetooth or USB ink printer.

  3. Create hard copy Braille documents by connecting the unit to a Braille embosser.

  4. Open Microsoft Word documents, and read them in contracted Braille.

  5. Send email messages to sighted colleagues and friends while reading incoming email messages in Braille without the need for translation.

  6. Create a schedule of important appointments with the Schedule Manager and set alarms to alert you to these appointments.

  7. Input contact information for colleagues, friends, and family into the Address Manager.

  8. Surf the Internet with the Braille Sense U2 MINI's Web Browser and integrated Braille display.

  9. Listen to music, audio books, your own personal recordings, or even videos with the Braille Sense U2 MINI's integrated media player.

  10. Listen to and record FM radio content.

  11. Calculate algebraic equations, trigonometric functions, and other scientific calculations with the built-in calculator.

  12. VIEW the flashdisk of the Braille Sense U2 MINI as a USB drive on your computer and transfer files.

  13. Use the Braille Sense U2 MINI as a Braille display with a compatible screen reader, such as Window-Eyes, JAWS, or VoiceOver.

  14. Copy, move, and delete files on the Braille Sense U2 MINI with its intuitive, Windows-like File Manager.

  15. Adjust the volume, speed, and pitch of the speech on the fly.

  16. Use the Database Manager to create your own Database for storing important information.

  17. Use Google Talk and Twitter to keep up with what's happening and stay in touch with friends, family, and colleagues.

  18. If you are a sighted teacher or parent, use the optional external USB LCD to view what a student is doing without needing to know Braille.

  19. Use the included Google Maps application, built-in GPS sensor and digital compass to navigate independently without the need for external devices.

  20. Share files with other people and other devices using Dropbox.

  21. Download news and podcasts with the RSS Reader.

  22. View and navigate complex Excel documents.

  23. Search for and play informational or music videos on YouTube.

1.2 Hardware
To get the most from your Braille Sense U2 MINI, it is important to become oriented to the buttons and ports on your Braille Sense U2 MINI as well as learning their functions.

This section explains the hardware configuration of the Braille Sense U2 MINI. The Braille Sense U2 MINI is 6.7 inches long by 3.5 inches wide by 1.1 inches high. The bottom of the unit contains rubber feet in order to prevent slipping while you are using it. Place the Braille Sense U2 MINI on a desk or table top with the Braille display nearest you. Its shape resembles a small, thin rectangular box. This section of the manual describes each side of the Braille Sense U2 MINI and the basic function(s) of each button and port. We will discuss the panels in the following order: top panel, right panel, left panel, rear panel, and front panel.



1.2.1 The Top Panel
On the top face of the Braille Sense U2 MINI is located 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 your index finger, middle finger, ring finger, and pinky finger of your left hand on the left four buttons. Then, place your 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 under your left middle finger 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 4 rectangular function keys: two to the left of the spacebar, and two to the right. Moving from left to right, the key to the far left is the "F1" key, and the key to the right of it is the "F2" key. The key to the right of the spacebar is the "F3" key, and the key on the far right is the "F 4" key.
Below the keyboard is an 18 cell Braille display. Above the Braille display, there are 18 small, oval-shaped buttons corresponding to each of the 18 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. The cursor routing keys also serve as shortcut keys for navigating lists and groups of fields in certain places on the unit.

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, paragraph, line, sentence, or character. You can set the left and right sets of scroll keys independently in the "Global Options". (See chapter 3.)

Near the top center of the unit's top panel,is the speaker for audio output.
1.2.2 The Right Panel

Toward the front of the right panel of the Braille Sense U2 MINI are located 2 small, round jacks. The one nearest the front is the stereo headphone jack, and the one nearer the rear of the unit is the stereo microphone jack for connecting a stereo microphone or line level recording source.


Continuing toward the back of the unit, you will find the “SD” slot used for housing an SD (secure digital) card. The Braille Sense U2 MINI supports SD HC and XC cards for auxiliary storage.

1.2.3 The Left Panel
NEAR the front of the unit on the left panel is located a 3-position slide switch. This is the key "Lock" switch. This switch is explained in more detail in section 2.11 of this manual.
Continuing toward the back of the unit on the left panel, you will find the USB OTG port. You can connect your Braille Sense U2 MINI to a personal computer via this USB port, and use it as a Braille terminal for the computer, transfer files to and from the computer, or to synchronize your calendar and contacts with Outlook.
The port closest to the rear of the left panel is the AC adapter jack. To charge the unit's battery or use the Braille Sense U2 MINI on AC power, plug the small, round end of the AC adapter in to this jack, and plug the larger box-like end in to a standard AC electrical outlet.

1.2.4 The Rear Panel
Near the center 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, you can press this button to force a soft reboot of the unit. 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. You can also perform a soft reset by pressing F2-F3-1-2-3-4-5-6.

If you hold down dots 1-2 with the "RESET" button, while the power is on, the Braille Sense U2 MINI reboots without speech.


To the left of the "Reset" button on the rear panel is a rectangular compartment for housing the detachable battery. The battery is packaged separately from the unit when the Braille Sense U2 MINI is shipped. Insert the battery into this rectangular compartment until you hear a click sound to indicate the battery is fully connected. To remove the battery from the unit, locate the 2 switches on the underside of the unit near the far left corner. Using your left hand, click the left-most switch to the right to 'unlock' the battery. To the right of the Battery lock switch is a second, spring-loaded switch. Hold this switch to the left to release the battery, then slide the battery out of the compartment.

1.2.5 The Front Panel
On the far left of the front panel is another 3-position slide switch. This is the "Media Mode" switch, and determines which type of media the media buttons control. This switch is explained in more detail in the next section.
To the right of the "Media Mode" switch, are five buttons of varying shapes. These buttons control media playback. As explained above, the type of content controlled by these buttons depends on the position of the "Media Mode" switch. These buttons can control media playback, DAISY playback, or the FM radio. These five buttons are explained further in the FM Radio, Daisy and Media chapters of this manual.

To the right of the media buttons is a small square with a GPS Logo embossed on it. This indicates the location of the internal GPS antenna. To the right of the GPS logo is the on/off switch. To turn on the unit, push the switch to the right. To turn off the unit, repeat this action.


Congratulations! You are now familiar with the basic functions of the buttons and ports of the Braille Sense U2 MINI. The rest of the manual discusses each function in greater detail to help you maximize the potential of your Braille Sense U2 MINI.
1.3 Hardware Specifications

  1. Operating system: Windows CE 6.0.

  2. Flash memory: 32GB.

  3. RAM: 256MB.

  4. CPU: Mobile CPU (1GHz).

  5. Battery: Lithium Ion (detachable), backup battery and clock-battery installed.

  6. Battery running time: About 9 hours (with Braille and TTS, middle volume of internal speaker)

  7. Keyboard: 9 key Perkins-Style Braille keyboard, 4 function keys, 18 cursor routing keys, 4 scroll buttons.

  8. Additional buttons and switches: key lock switch, audio mode switch, reset button, 5 audio buttons.

  9. Braille display: 18 refreshable Braille cells.

  10. Video output: Optional external USB LCD.

  11. Wireless: WLAN (IEEE802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth ver.2.0+EDR.

  12. Sensor: 6-axis motion sensor

  13. GPS: Internal GPS receiver

  14. Interface: 1 USB OTG, 1 SD slot

  15. Sound: Internal mono speaker, stereo headphone jack.

  16. Voice recording: Internal microphone, external microphone jack.

  17. Vibrate motor is installed

1.4 Memory on the Braille Sense U2 MINI

The Braille Sense U2 MINI has 256MB of RAM (random access memory) and 32GB of flash memory. The RAM is memory reserved for running programs. RAM is a temporary storage area for any program files that are running or any currently open documents. The data in the RAM area disappears if your battery depletes, and the AC adapter is not connected. The RAM data also disappears when Braille Sense U2 MINI reboots for any reason. This means, if you have an open document which you have not saved, the unsaved data disappears.


1.5 How to use the Carrying Case and Protection Cover
1) How to insert the BrailleSense U2 MINI into the carrying case.

(1) Insert the front edge of the Braille Sense U2 MINI into the carrying case.

(2) Press down slightly on the back part of the unit until it clicks into place.

2) How to remove the Braille Sense U2 MINI from the carrying case.

(1) Press gently outward on the small plastic piece on the center of the back of the carrying case.

(2) Pull the back of the Braille Sense U2 MINI up and out of the case.

3) How to install the protection cover on to the Braille Sense U2 MINI

(1) Locate two small holes on the elastic band

(2) Place the corners containing the small holes under the front corners of the Braille Sense U2 MINI. Stretch the cover over the face of the unit and secure the other 2 corners over the back corners of the Braille Sense U2 MINI.

Note: the protection cover fits on to the unit much like a fitted bed sheet, and protects the Braille Sense U2 MINI from foreign substances or liquid. The cover is designed to be thin and snug enough so that the keys and Braille display can be operated with the protection cover installed.

4) How to install the protection cover when the unit is in the carrying case

(1) Insert the front edge of the Braille Sense U2 MINI into the carrying case.

(2) Press down slightly on the back part of the unit until it clicks into place.

(3) Place the 2 small holes around the metal rings on the front corners of the carrying case. (If the carrying strap is attached to the carrying case, please remove it before attaching the protection cover.)

(4) Stretch the cover over the face of the unit and secure the other 2 corners over the back corners of the Braille Sense U2 MINI.
2. Basic Functions of the Braille Sense U2 MINI
2.1 How to Enter Commands
The commands used to operate the Braille Sense U2 MINI are comprised of various combinations of the Braille and function keys. In this user manual, the “-“(dash) is used to indicate that keys should be pressed simultaneously. For example, "Space-z (dots 1-3-5-6)" indicates that the user should press "space" and "z (dots 1-3-5-6)" at the same time. This manual also contains expressions like "Space-2-4-6". This means that the spacebar with dots 2, 4, and 6 should be pressed and released simultaneously.
If you are in a menu or dialog, and your cursor is placed on the command you want to execute, you can execute most commands by pressing "Enter". If you want to cancel the execution of a command, and return to your previous location, press "Space-z (dots 1-3-5-6)." "Space-z (dots 1-3-5-6)" is a very important command to remember, as it allows you to abort programs and menus if you have pressed keys accidentally.
2.1.1 Basic Alerts and Messages

There are instances where the Braille Sense U2 MINI alerts you to events for which you have asked it to notify you. For example, by default, the Braille Sense U2 MINI checks the Schedule Manager when you power on, and notifies you of any appointments scheduled for that day. When you are notified of an appointment, you can interact with the Schedule Manager as you normally would. To exit the Schedule Manager, press "Space-z (dots 1-3-5-6)" or "Space-e (dots 1-5)," and you are returned to your previous location.

If you do not want to be alerted of "today's schedule" when you turn on the Braille Sense U2 MINI, you can turn off the "Check today's schedule" option in the "Global Options" dialog. (See chapter 3)

When you turn on the Braille Sense U2 MINI, you are returned to the same location at which you turned the unit off. The Braille Sense U2 MINI announces the name of the running program and your current position or status. If you turn off the Braille Sense U2 MINI while using the Word Processor, when you power on, it announces the program name, file name, input mode and file protection status.

When you connect the AC adapter to the Braille Sense U2 MINI, the Braille Sense U2 MINI speaks the message "AC adapter connected." When you disconnect it, the Braille Sense U2 MINI says, "AC adaptor disconnected."
2.2 Menu Concepts
Menus on the Braille Sense U2 MINI provide you with a list of programs, actions, or options from which you can select. If a menu item has a submenu, selecting it brings up another list of choices.

Moving among the menu items is very simple.


When using a program on the Braille Sense U2 MINI, press "Space-m (dots 1-3-4)" or F2 to bring up its menu. Press the "Up" scroll key or "Space-1" to move to the previous item, and press the "Down" scroll key or "Space-4" to move to the next item.

To move to the first item in the menu, press "Space-1-2-3." To move to the last item in the menu, press "Space-4-5-6." When placed on the first item of a sub menu, pressing “Backspace” will take you back to the Main Menu. The corresponding menu name is displayed on the Braille display, and the menu name is spoken through the TTS (text to speech) engine. To repeat the name of the menu item, press "Space-r (dots 1-2-3-5)."

You can also quickly jump to and execute a menu item by pressing the menu item's shortcut key, usually the first letter of the item name. Often menu items can also be executed instantly, directly from your current position in the program, with a hotkey, enabling you to perform the desired action without accessing the menus.
Shortcut keys are displayed in parentheses following the menu names. 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 Word Processor, and press "Space-m (dots 1-3-4)" or "F2," then press "Enter" on "File," you hear "New (n) pull down Enter-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 "Enter-n" to access the "New" document command from anywhere in the Word Processor. The n is the shortcut key and "Enter-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. For example, if you want to activate the "new document" option in the Word Processor. You cannot press "Enter-n" from the "Program" menu to activate this option. You must be in the Word Processor for "Enter-n" to activate the "new document" command. However, if you wish to activate the “display time and Date” option in the “Utilities” menu, this can be done from anywhere on the unit using “Space-t (dots-2-3-4-5)” as this is a global hot key.
When you are placed on an item you want to execute, press "Enter". If the item you chose has a submenu or dialog, pressing "Enter" opens the submenu or dialog. If the item you chose is a command, pressing "Enter activates the command. This is referred to as "selection."

When a menu item activates a submenu, the right direction arrow sign (>) is displayed after the name of the corresponding menu on the Braille display and the Braille Sense U2 MINI announces "pull down" after the menu item name. If the menu item is a dialog box, the ellipsis sign (...) is displayed after the menu item name on the Braille display. The Braille Sense U2 MINI also speaks the message, "common dialog."


Let's begin going through the various menus. First, turn the unit on by pushing the power switch to the right. Now, bring up the "Program" menu by pressing "F1". The "Program" menu is the main menu of the Braille Sense U2 MINI. You can access all of the programming, option settings, utilities, and help from this menu.

The "Program" menu consists of 3 programs: File Manager, Word Processor, and E-mail; and 9 sub menus: Media, Organizer, Web Tools, Social networking, Extras, Games, Utilities, Settings, and Help. If you choose to install add-ons such as our free Bible program or programs developed by third party developers for the Sense notetakers, the “Programs” menu appears between “Games” and “Utilities”.


The first item in the "Program" menu is "File Manager". If "Space-4" is pressed, the next menu item is displayed and spoken. Pressing "Space-4" repeatedly, will continue your navigational progress down the list of items in the "Program" menu. When you reach the bottom of the list, the "Help" menu item is displayed as it is the last item in the "Program" menu.
You could also jump quickly to the "Help" menu item by pressing "Space-4-5-6" when "File Manager" is displayed. Press "Space-1-2-3," and the Braille Sense U2 MINI jumps back to the top item in the "Program" menu and again speaks and displays "File Manager". As explained above, to execute a submenu or program from the "Program" menu, press "Enter". If you are in a submenu, and wish to return to the main "Program" menu, press "Space-e (dots 1-5)."
The “Media” menu contains the “Media Player”, “FM Radio”, “DAISY Player”, and “YouTube”.

The “Orgamizer” menu contains the “Address Manager”, “Schedule Manager”, and “Database Manager”.

The “Web Tools” menu contains the “Web Browser”, “Quick Browser”, “Google Search”, and “RSS Reader”.

The “Social Networking” menu contains “Twitter”, “Google Talk”, and “Sense Chat”.

The “Extras” menu contains the optional “Sense Dictionary”, “BookShare Download”, “Google Maps”, “Sense Navigation” (optional), “Excel Viewer”, and “Dropbox”.

The “Games” menu contains the “Sense Dice Game” and the “Sense Brain Game”.

The “Utilities” menu contains the “Calculator”, “Display time and Date”, “Display Compass Heading”, “Wake Up Alarm”, “Calendar”, “Stopwatch”, “Terminal For Screen reader”, “Display Network Status”, “Display Power status”, “Format”, “Sleep Timer”, and “Upgrade Braille Sense Firmware”.

The “Settings” menu contains “Set Time and Date”, “Setup Internet”, “Bluetooth Manager”, “Pronunciation Dictionary”, “Menu Manager”, “Backup/Restore Personalized Settings”, “Change device Name”, and “Global Options”.

Finally, the “Help” menu contains the various sections of the User Manual as well as an “Information” section containing general information about your Braille Sense, such as firmware version, Mac address, and the key number used for authorizing playback of content from digital talking book libraries.

For more information on a specific program, please see the section of this user manual related to that program.


The "F1" command for accessing the "Program" menu is an example of a global hotkey. This means that pressing the "F1" key takes you to the "Program" menu immediately from anywhere on the Braille Sense U2 MINI, whether you are in a submenu, a file, a dialog or an application. When you press "F1", you are always placed at the top of the "Program" menu; and File Manager, is displayed and spoken.

There are also global quick launch commands for every program on the unit, mostly comprised of either F1 or F3 and a letter or dot combination. These quick launch commands will immediately launch their associated application from anywhere on the Braille Sense U2 MINI. See section 2.16 for a complete list of the quick launch commands.

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