Braille and Tactual Graphics: Software and Hardware

The list below features:

  • braille notetakers e.g. BrailleNote
  • refreshable braille displays e.g. Brailliant
  • braille embossers and translation software e.g. Romeo embosser and Duxbury Braille Translation Software
  • production of tactile graphics e.g. Picture Braille, PIAF and swell paper, Draftsman
  • manual braille writers e.g. Perkins Brailler, handframe and stylus, braille paper
  • braille labelling e.g. Braille Dymo Labeller and adhesive tape

See also the braille code and teaching tactile learners

Item and Source Price Comments
Braille Edge 40
Pacific Vision
A$3,100 + freight Braille display with built-in notepad, scheduler, alarm, clock and calendar
40-cell refreshable braille
2-four way navigation keys; 8 function keys
BrailleNote Apex
Humanware
32 cell: A$6,350
Dictionary: A$255
+ freight
Braille notetaker with voice output and refreshable braille display
Braille or QWERTY keyboard
Can be braille display for PC
Includes word processor, alarm, diary, clock, calendar, spell checker, calculator, internet, email
Braille Paper
Vision Australia
500 sheets A$50
100 sheets A$18
250 A4 sheets A$22
Tractor-feed A$127-$168
Braille paper suitable for Perkins, Mountbatten, braille embossers etc
Ring binders also available A$20
BrailleSense U2
Pacific Vision
32 cell: A$6,295 Braille notetaker with voice output and refreshable braille display
Braille or QWERTY keyboard
Can be braille display for PC
Includes word processor, dictionary, alarm, diary, clock, calendar, spell checker, modem, calculator, internet, email, GPS
Brailliant Braille Display
Humanware
32 cell A$2,950
40 cell A$3,450
80 cell A$8,350
+ A$44 freight
Refreshable braille display for laptop or desktop via USB or Bluetooth
Includes Window Eyes screen reader
Capsule/Swell/ZY Paper
Quantum RLV
100 sheets:
A4 A$330
B4 A$330
A3 A$550
Swell paper onto which images can be drawn or photocopied for production of tactual graphics – A4, B4, A3; the paper is then heated to produce a raised line image using PIAF
Draftsman Drawing Kit
Quantum RLV
Vision Australia
A$430
Plastic embossing film A$50
Tactile drawing kit – create raised line drawings on plastic embossing film instantly using a pen or stylus
Comes with tactile ruler
Duxbury Braille Font
Duxbury
Free download as part of DBT demo Braille font (PC) – prints braille dots in black & white for teaching or braille font for tactual diagram production
Duxbury Braille Translator
Humanware
Quantum RLV
A$750-$930 + freight
Demo – free
Braille translation software; includes braille font; translates text to braille or enter direct braille
Demo includes braille font which can be used in MS Word etc
Dymo Braille Labeller
Vision Australia
A$60
Adhesive tape A$6
Produces adhesive braille labels
Focus 40 Braille Display
Quantum RLV
A$3,740 + freight Refreshable braille display for PC via USB or Bluetooth
Graph Paper (embossed)
Vision Australia
50 sheets: A$18 Tactile graph paper with raised lines (2cm x 2cm)
Handframe and Stylus
Vision Australia
A$20-$30 Make braille notes with portable device
Jot A Dot
Quantum RLV
A$450 + freight Braille writer – a pocket-sized mechanical device for producing hard-copy braille via 6-key entry
Index Embosser
Humanware
Pentronics
Quantum RLV

From A$4,450 + freight
Acoustic hood A$2,499 + freight
Braille embosser for hard copy braille; translation software such as Duxbury required; single & double-sided, tactual graphics
Any paper including braille label
Mountbatten Braille Whisperer
Quantum RLV
A$5,900 + freight Braille embosser/notetaker with Bluetooth including translation software; can braille now, save, edit and emboss later
Adjustable impact for different weight paper; can use A4 copy paper
Plug into QWERTY keyboard, external LED display (Mimic), or iPad
Perkins Brailler
Vision Australia
A$1,290 Braille writer – a sturdy mechanical device for producing hard-copy braille using 6-key entry
PIAF
Quantum RLV
A$1,770 Heat machine for creating tactile diagrams using Capsule/Swell/ZY paper; draw, scan, photocopy image to Capsule/Swell/ZY paper
Picture Braille for Windows
Pentronics
A$650 Software for creating tactile diagrams with braille labelling which can be embossed to produce tactual diagrams; can import files into Duxbury
Quick Tac
Duxbury
Free download Software for creating tactile diagrams with braille labelling which can be embossed to produce tactual diagrams; can import diagram files into Duxbury
Romeo Embosser
Quantum RLV
From A$5,470 + freight Braille embosser for producing hard-copy braille; translation software such as Duxbury required
Tatrapoint
Quantum RLV
A$1,550 + freight Braille writer for producing hard-copy braille using 6-key entry
Toccata
Optek Systems
Pentronics
A$1,725 Braille music software – create, translate, play and record music; send to embosser
ViewPlus Braille Embossers
Humanware
Pacific Vision
From A$2,750 + freight Braille embosser/ink printer; [Not compatible with Ozzie Dots]
ZY (Capsule/Swell) Paper
Quantum RLV
100 sheets:
A4 A$330
B4 A$330
A3 A$550
Swell paper onto which images can be drawn or photocopied for production of tactual graphics – A4, B4, A3; paper is then heated to produce a raised line image using PIAF

Please note: Every effort has been made to ensure this information is accurate and current. If there are errors or omissions, they are unintentional. Please check with the equipment supplier to verify product specifications, availability and price.