Dear Braille users:
this past Thursday, thanks to one of our state's adaptive technology access programs, I became the proud owner of a Focus 40 Blue braille display. Last night, as I was working with it and my iPhone, the display slid from my lap, right into a mug of water I had near my foot. Only a small part of it got wet, not even up to the dot 8 key, but that seems to have been more than enough to make it stop working altogether. I dried it as best I could, then turned it upside down overnight. It had just reported a low battery before it slipped, so tonight, I plugged it in, using the charger. I've tried turning the display on several times. I tried putting it into diagnostic mode. Of course, I've tried making sure the charger is propperly connected, and nothing has brought it back to life.
I'm all too aware of how this mess could have been prevented. I always have icewater near at hand, but the computer is on the opposite side of my chair. The idea of the braille display being narrow enough to fall into that mug never occurred to me, but I've learned my lesson.
Can any of you offer any suggestions or ideas as to how I can bring this display back from the dead? I'm feeling sick as I try to imagine how much sending it in for repair would cost. Is there any chance it might start to work on its own, if I were to leave it upside down for another day or so perhaps? Or should I face the fact that my new toy is going to have to go back for the kind of CPR only Freedom Scientiffic can give it? I'll try anything, short of voiding the warranty. I'm praying for a miracle here!