Has anyone ever heard of this refreshable Braille Display
I don't know much about it, but I've absolutely definitely heard of it. Everyone I know and have asked tells me they don't like it, and would take an Orbit any day over the Braille Me. They said the layout of the display, where the keys/buttons etc. are is incredibly awqward. At the end of the day though, it's all about what you like. I don't think I'd like it either based on what I'm told. I'm actually saving to get an Orbit 40.
Can you please recommend some others under $1000.
I had a braille me for some time, but didn't like the layout, or the braille. The braille is made with magnets and so the dots tend to move or roll a little under your fingers, and can be rather sharp. I know people who love it though, so your milage may very. Its laid out somewhat like an old language master, if that gives you any idea.
I think you would like the Orbit 20. Check it out at orbitresearch.com
I did have a Braille Me for awhile, but sold it after I saw no forward movement from the company. You can read my review here The only thing that has changed since this was published in January is that the Braille ME no longer supports the latest version of NVDA. Although developers have had quite some time to modify their drivers, Inovision has not considered this a priority. However, it does work with Mac OS and iOS. You only really have a couple of other options under $1,000. The Orbit reader Plus is $699 and is compatible with most screen readers. The other option is the Brailliant BI 14, which is $995, but I'd not recommend that. It does have cursor routing buttons, unlike the Orbit Reader, but they are not cursor routing buttons in the traditional sense. They are touch sensors, which in my experience, are not reliable. Regardless of how much you adjust the sensitivity in the device's settings, they are not reliable. Sometimes, a light touch will activate them, other times, it takes quite a firm press. The interesting thing about the BI 14 is that it does have the option of connecting to the internal notes application through the app on your iOS or Android device. Be aware, though, that the editor you use to write notes is very basic.