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Friday, September 04, 2009

Refreshabraille 18

Refreshabraille 18

Refreshabraille 18™ from APH is an ideal refreshable braille display and braille keyboard for mobile devices such as notebooks, mobile phones, and PDAs. This small, hand-held unit connects to your mobile device via USB cable or wireless Bluetooth®. Supports common screen readers like Window-Eyes® and JAWS® for the PC and Talks® and Mobile Speak® for mobile phones and PDAs. Fully compatible with VoiceOver for the Mac! It combines an elegant design, reliability, and ease-of-use with a rugged metal case.


  • 18 eight-dot braille cells
  • 18 cursor routing keys
  • Eight-dot braille keyboard input
  • Forward and back scroll buttons
  • Five-position joy stick
  • Auxiliary space bar
  • USB or wireless Bluetooth connectivity
  • Protected USB charging port
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (not user-replaceable)
  • Long battery life
  • Reversible operation (operate with braille cells away from you or flip so they are close)


  • Refreshabraille 18 display unit
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Quick Start, print
  • Quick Start, braille
  • One-year limited warranty

Dimensions: The Refreshabraille 18 measures only 5.1 x 3.5 x 1 inches.

Refreshabraille, like a computer's monitor and keyboard, is a device designed to be used with other equipment. Refreshabraille provides the display and keyboard for that other device. Therefore, you must connect Refreshabraille to the device you plan to use. Whether that device is a cell phone, PC, or APH's own Braille+ Mobile Manager, every effort has been made to make the process simple, reliable, and trouble-free. Be aware, however that the device you plan to use must have software running on it that has the ability to communicate with a braille display. In the case of your PC, that software is the screen reader program, like JAWS® or Window-Eyes®. For phones and off-the-shelf PDAs, screen reader software like Mobile Speak® or Talks® is required. Accessible devices like Icon and Braille+ already have software (as of version 2.0) that integrates with the display.

Refreshabraille 18 Extended Warranty Available!

Your Refreshabraille 18 unit includes a limited warranty against manufacturer defects for one year from date of purchase. An APH Extended Warranty Protection Plan is available to protect you from costly repairs for one additional year. ACT NOW! IT IS IMPORTANT TO ACT NOW BEFORE THE END OF YOUR FIRST 90 DAYS OF OWNERSHIP.

All shipments will include actual UPS shipping rates based on the point of destination.

Note: The Refreshabraille 18 IS available with Quota funds.

Refreshabraille 18:
Catalog Number: 1-07445-01

Optional Item:

One-Year Extended Warranty:
Catalog Number: 1-07446-00
Must be purchased within 90 days of purchasing the Refreshabraille 18.

Refreshabraille 18: Leather Case

Catalog Number: 1-07447-00
Click this link to purchase the.
Click this link to visit to hear Larry Skutchan, Technology Project Leader for APH talk about this lightweight device.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085
Toll Free: 800-223-1839
Phone: 502-895-2405
Fax: 502-899-2274
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Step-By-Step Instructions on the APH Refreshabraille 18 are Available!

Chase Crispin

A REFRESHABRAILLE 18 YouTube Tutorial (in two lessons) is available on YouTube by our student instructor Chase Crispin. Additional lessons will follow.

The APH Refreshabraille 18 and the iPod Touch-iPhone

Chase Crispin, our APH YouTube Product Tutor has done it again!

Check out his latest video:

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