In July 2017, HIMS released the BrailleSense Polaris, a modern braille notetaker that runs on the Android operating system and the Polaris Office Suite which is found on many smartphones. The Polaris is a 32-cell braille display with an 11-key Perkins-style keyboard. The Polaris can be connected wirelessly to a computer or tablet and used as a braille display.
The video below, BrailleSense -01Physical Description, describes the physical characteristics of the device.
Polaris Video Tutorials
HIMS has created a 9-part BrailleSense Polaris video tutorial series:
- 01 Physical Description
- 02 The Polaris Menus
- 03 Google Account Setup
- 04 The Play Store
- 05 Reading Bookshare Books
- 06 Using Your Voice
- 07 Using the Camera
- 08 Files on BrailleSense and Android
- 09 Sharing Your Screen
Eric Duffy reviews the BrailleSense Polaris in his article, BrailleSense Polaris - A First-Look Review from the National Federation of the Blind Access Technology Team.