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RNIB Launches New Low-Cost Braille Display

The RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind People) has launched the Orbit Reader 20 onto the UK market (October 8th).

Orbit Reader 20 Braille Display

The aim is to significantly reduce the expense of refreshable braille as the cost of existing displays remains a major barrier to many blind and partially sighted people being able to enjoy the benefits of this revolutionary technology.

The Transforming Braille Group (TBG), of which RNIB is a founding member, came together to address the need for a low-cost display costing hundred’s rather than thousands of pounds and to meet a growing demand in developing countries to access the technology at an affordable price.

Working closely with Orbit and other members of TBG, RNIB has brought to market a product that is both high quality and affordable, making it available to as many blind and partially sighted people as possible.

The Orbit Reader 20 features a refreshable 20 cell 8-dot display with USB and Bluetooth connections to Android, Apple, Kindle and Windows devices.

Operating via an SD card memory for on-the- go operation with multiple mode controls. Braille content is accessed by simply inserting the SD card containing pre-translated materials into the back of the unit. The Orbit Reader 20 can be connected to your computer, tablet or portable device to read commercially available titles in braille using mainstream apps like Kindle or iBook’s.

Orbit Reader 20 Detail of what buttons do what on the display

The Orbit Reader 20 has already been very well received by blind and partially sighted people who were involved in the user trials. Comments from people involved in the user trials include, ‘This is a fantastic device which will revolutionise braille technology’, ‘I am a braille reader but have never been able to afford to purchase any braille notetakers before because the price was prohibitive. When can I purchase an Orbit?

Claire Maxwell, RNIB Senior Product Developer, adds: “RNIB is very excited to announce the launch of the Orbit Reader 20 on the 8 of October. We want to show our commitment to braille and celebrate national braille week with the release of this revolutionary product. We’re proud to have played a part in the development of this new and game-changing generation of product.”

RNIB logo with strapline - See Differently.

The Orbit Reader 20, is available to order exclusively through the RNIB shop at where it can be purchased for £449. Members of RNIB Connect will be able to purchase at a discounted price of £399.

Call the RNIB helpline on 0303 123 9999 to find out more about the benefits of being a Connect member and to sign up.

Steven Scott View All

I am an absolute geek who loves technology. I also happen to be severely sight impaired and that has meant my journey with new technology has been challenging. What I've learnt is what I want to share with others and I do that on air in the UK on RNIB Connect Radio's weekly Tech Talk radio show and podcast, and on AMI-Audio's Double Tap Canada radio show and podcast. I'm also a very lucky husband and the owner of the world's coolest dog!

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