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Orbit Reader Q20

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Orbit Reader Q20


  • The convenience of QWERTY and Braille in one device
  • Unique signage-quality TrueBraille™ cells
  • 20 eight-dot refreshable braille cells
  • Full-size, high-quality QWERTY keyboard with sculpted keys
    • Full Set of 78 keys
    • Twelve Function keys
    • Arrow keys in an inverted-T configuration
    • Keys for use with Windows and Mac computers
  • Cursor Routing buttons
  • Configurable Thumb Keys for easy navigation
  • Use stand-alone or connected to a computer or mobile device
  • Book-reader mode – read your favorite books and files from SD Card or USB Flash Drive
  • Note-taker mode – take notes and edit files
  • Braille display mode connects to 6 computers and mobile devices over USB and Bluetooth
  • Works with all popular screen readers on Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android, Fire OS, Chrome OS and Linux
    • Read and send messages and emails
    • Browse the internet and social media
    • Control your smartphone or computer
  • Onboard forward and backward translation with support for 70+ languages
  • Onboard Apps
    • Clock and alarm
    • Calendar
    • Calculator
  • Audio and Haptic output
  • Panning control rocker keys at each end of display
  • USB A Host port for connecting Flash drives and other peripherals
  • USB C port for charging and connectivity
  • Fast-charging long-life battery
  • Compact, lightweight and portable
    • 1.9 lbs., 11.7 x 7.5 x 1.3 inches
    • 870 grams, 29.6 x 19.0 x 3.3 cm
  • Solid, durable construction, resistant to fluids and dust

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Start shipping on 22 July 2024.


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The Orbit Reader Q20 is a groundbreaking addition to Orbit Research’s line of braille products. It is an all-in-one braille device that couples a multi-function refreshable braille display with a QWERTY keyboard for input. The device is designed to enhance accessibility, convenience, and independence for individuals who are blind.

The Orbit Reader Q20 offers Orbit’s unparalleled signage-quality TrueBraille™ technology with 20 eight-dot refreshable braille cells. It is designed for seamless standalone or connected use with computers and mobile devices. The device enables users to read books, take notes, and manage daily tasks with built-in applications for productivity such as a clock, calendar, calculator and braille translator.

The full-sized, high-quality, laptop-style QWERTY keyboard can be independently connected via Bluetooth or USB to a computer or mobile device and allows users the convenience of touch-typing while using braille for reading.

When used as a standalone reader, the Orbit Reader Q20 enables the user to read any file from the SD card or a USB Flash drive.  These could be BRF and BRL formatted books, text files or files in any format.  The reader has features for easy navigation, inserting and editing bookmarks, browsing through folders, scrolling horizontally and vertically, etc.

As a braille display, the Orbit Reader Q20 connects to PCs and Macs, iOS devices and Android devices.  It provides Bluetooth and USB connectivity and can connect simultaneously to six devices. Using the screen reading capability on the computing device, such as Voiceover, Talkback or popular PC screen readers the user can control the functions of their computer or smartphone, use their favorite apps, read and send text messages and email and browse the internet.

As a note-taker, the Orbit Reader Q20 offers all essential file creation and editing functions.  A user can create new files, save them on SD card and edit existing files.  The device also includes file management features, allowing the user to rename, delete, copy, and create folders and files.

The device supports over 70 languages and prompts and menus can be easily localized for different geographies.

While it offers a host of features, the Orbit Reader Q20 is extremely easy to use and allows seamless and instantaneous switching between reader, note-taker and braille display modes, as well as selection between connected devices such as a computer or phone.

The Orbit Reader Q20 is very compact, measuring a little over an inch in height and about 11 inches by 7 inches and weighing less than two pounds.  Its full-sized QWERTY keyboard has finely sculpted keys and offers the high-quality tactile feedback expected from a premium product. The 78-key keyboard includes the full complement of twelve function keys, arrow keys in the popular inverted “T” configuration, and keys for use with Windows and Mac computers.  To accommodate a full-size keyboard in a compact form-factor, a separate numeric keypad is not included. Cursor routing buttons allow the cursor to be moved to any location on the display instantly.

The Orbit Reader Q20 features a full-sized SD-card slot and a USB host port for loading books and files for reading and editing.  When connected to a computer or smartphone, the Orbit Reader Q20 leverages the extensive screen-reader ecosystem developed for the Orbit Reader family of braille displays to provide instant access to Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android, Chrome OS, Fire OS and Linux systems.  Its integration with all popular platforms means that users have countless ways of interacting with their favorite apps and software.

Common use cases for the Orbit Reader Q20 span a wide range, catering to students and professionals alike. For students, these devices are instrumental for accessing textbooks, taking notes in class, and managing academic schedules. In a professional setting, they enable efficient email correspondence, report writing, and participation in meetings with real-time notes and references.

The Orbit Reader Q20 is designed for robustness, being lightweight, compact, and dust and fluid-resistant, ensuring durability in everyday use. The device comes with a USB C port for charging and connecting to computers or smartphones. The Orbit Reader Q20 also works with Orbit Research’s unique Orbit Teacher and Orbit Chat systems for inclusive education and communication.


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