Baum RBT40 (Vario Amica)

image of the Vario RBT40 Vario Amica

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Baum RBT40 – NVDA

The Baum RBT40 offers a Serial Port connection. Since only few computer offers this kind of connection, we suppose you are using a Serial to USB Adapter. Be sure to buy an adapter that supports newer version of Windows operating system, both 32bit and 64bit.

A tested USB adapter is Profilic PL2303 VID_067B&PID_2303. Download and install these drivers if you are using the same adapter: Download Here.

To install the Baum RBT40 display on Windows with NVDA, please follows these instructions:

  • You need to undestand the number of the COM port that is emulated over the USB adapter. Press Windows key and type “devmgmt.msc”, press ENTER to open Device Manager. Press TAB once and then arrow down until Ports (COM & LPT) entry. Press arrow right to open the submenu. You should find the name of your USB adapter and the COM number, for example “Profilic USB-to-Serial Comm Port (COM5). Take note of that COM number.
  • Install Python using this installer: Download Here
  • Download BRLTTY package: Download Here
  • From the Download folder runt BrlttyLibUSB.exe to start the installation. Proceed slowly because you need to configure correclty the connection with the Braille Display, according to the following instructions.
  • When the BRLTTY Configurator windows pops up, choose “bm – Baum” from the “Select braille display” list. Moreover select COM from “Select communication port” list, choosing the right COM number found before.
  • Confirm with OK and BRLTTY Setup will ask “Do you want to install the LibUSB driver?”: answser NO to complete the installation
  • Now NVDA can correctly manage the Baum braille display. Reboot NVDA (or Shutdown and Power ON all the machine if you can’t)
  • Open NVDA menu (Insert+n or CapsLock+n), “Preferences” submenu, “Braille Settings”, and search for “brltty” in the dropdown menu called “Braille Display”. Moving down with Tab key you also could set other parameters about the Braille Display. Confirm with OK.

Baum RBT40 – VoiceOver OSX

Not detected by VoiceOver on OSX, maybe to incompatibility with USB to Serial Adapter tested.

 

Hims Braille Sense U2

image of the Braille Sense U2 Mini braille display

Link to manufacturer official website with description and updates

Braille Sense U2 – NVDA

To install Braille Sense U2 (both full-size and MINI edition) on Windows with NVDA, please follows these instructions:

  • Download driver package: Download Here
  • Install the BrailleSense package that you will find in the “Download” folder on your computer
  • Connect your Braille Sense device via USB and wait few minutes to allow Windows to configure it.
  • Now NVDA can correctly manage the Focus Blue braille display. Reboot NVDA (or Shutdown and Power ON all the machine if you can’t)
  • Open NVDA menu (Insert+n or CapsLock+n), “Preferences” submenu, “Braille Settings”, and search “Freedom Scientific Blue” in the dropdown menu called “Hims Braille Sense/Braille EDGE”. Moving down with Tab key you also could set other parameters about the Braille Display. Confirm with OK.

 

Basic-D Index V3 and V4

image of the Basic-D Index V4 embosser

Link to manufacturer official website with description and updates

Basic-D Index – Windows

To install Braille Index V3 or V4 printer (Braille embosser), please follows these instructions:

  • Download driver package: Download Here
  • Install the IndexBasicDriver package that you will find in the “Download” folder on your computer
  • Connect your Braille Index device via USB and wait few minutes to allow Windows to configure it.
  • A good software to print documents with your Index is Biblos 3, available for download in Lite edition (but enought for most users) here: Download Here Biblos Lite