Category: Communication Device for the Deaf Blind

Kentucky Porta Braille & Kentucky Pocket Braille

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--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Communication device for blind and deaf-blind individuals. Porta Braille is an interactive Braille computer terminal with a 20 cell refreshable Braille display, Braillewriter Keyboard and up to 256K of memory. Pocket Braille is a less expensive note taking and writing system and can be used as a paperless Braille writer. Contents of its memory can be transmitted to a host computer and edited there. The instruction manual contains complete information for construction of either device,a full parts list as well as sources for obtaining parts. a User's Guide t the Kentucky Porta Braille and Pocket Braille is also available. Total parts cost for the Porta Braille is about $800. construction time is estimated to be 10 hours by anyone with moderate experience in assembling printed circuit boards. No special tools or knowledge are said to be required. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. AUTHOR: Thompson, W. TITLE: Construction Manual for the Kentucky Porta Braille and the Kentucky Pocket Braille. REF: Book: Kentucky Dept for the Blind, Technical Services Unit, 427 Versailles Rd, Frankfort, KY 40601. Revised edition, May 1986.


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