Technical advice on connecting to a PC over USB
Here is an article describing a fix that you could try in case of problems when working with a USB cable connection between a PC and Mountbatten Brailler. If you encounter any problems with communication between Mountbatten Brailler or Mountbatten Braille Whisperer and MB-Comm software through USB cable (connection errors, missing letters or whole words during embossing), please select an option “Safe USB transfer” in connection settings. This setting will be stored and you won’t need to change it in … Read more
CSUN 2016 Conference in San Diego, California – see us there!
See us at CSUN 31st Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference booth 605C as usual! March 23rd – 25th, 2016. Assistive technology can transform the lives of people with disabilities. The latest in the field of assistive technology will be the focus of the world’s largest gathering of people who develop or use assistive technology, taking place later this month in San Diego. #CSUN’s 31st Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference is dedicated to presenting and exploring … Read more
Jean Piaget has said that each time we teach a child something, we keep him from inventing it himself. Pat Gould, a VI Teacher from British Columbia Canada, presented a paper at the Odyssey 2001 Conference, at the University of British Columbia, Canada, in which she spoke of her experiences of using the Mountbatten Brailler as follows; “the students loved to make up nonsense words and see how the MB tried to say them. Also, they liked exploring the MB … Read more
Why Use a Braille Writer as the First Literacy Tool?
Amongst current educational philosophies, there is an acceptance that there are clear developmental stages of intellectual growth. Piaget identified 4 stages of intellectual development as being Sensorimotor – birth to 2 years Pre-operational Thought – 2 – 6 years Concrete Operations – 6-12 years Formal Operations – 12 – adulthood It is only in the latter part of the Concrete Operations stage that children start to develop the ability to think on the abstract level. If this is the case … Read more
Why Use an Electronic Braille Writer?
What’s wrong with older mechanical braille writers such as the Perkins? Well, they remain one of the most outstanding writing devices of all times. However, there is a real problem if they are the only tool available for early braille learners. We simply would not accept a 50 year old device as the only writing choice available for a sighted child. There are very few products that we use today that have remained unchanged for 50 years. Those that have usually … Read more
Research data confirm the power of the Mountbatten Brailler?
Why Mountbatten Brailler The Mountbatten is more than a belief. Its power is proved by research: „The Bluetooth® Smart Mountbatten, in combination with one of the most popular mainstream technologies to date, serves the purpose of including learners with and without visual impairments, on both technological and social levels.” (Wiazowski, RESNA Assistive Technology, October 2014, vol. 26, no. 4) „The ease of depressing the buttons, the device’s ergonomic design, its speech reinforcement, its ability to correct errors, and the visual display on … Read more
Earl Mountbatten of Burma
Did you know why our Braille Whisperer is called „Mountbatten”? Here is the story: It starts back in 1979 after the death of Earl Mountbatten of Burma (more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/…/Louis_Mountbatten,_1st_Earl_Moun…). Those, who wanted to commemorate Lord Mountbatten’s life, have established The Mountbatten Memorial Trust; one of its purposes is „grants given to assist technological research aimed at assisting disabled people throughout the world”. The engineering department at Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford applied for a grant to develop … Read more
Mountbatten Brailler Carry Case
Now available! Standard with any purchase of Mountbatten Braille Whisperer. Mountbatten dressed up Mountbatten Brailler is changing for you. Not only inside but also outside. As its popularity grows, especially after it became the first hard-copy Braille device with Smart Bluetooth, the time came to clad it in a padded carry case that both protects it from any incidental hits and bumps but also makes it even more portable. The case is made of high quality fabric and features … Read more
Why Mountbatten Brailler
The Mountbatten is more than a belief. Its power is proved by research: „The Bluetooth® Smart Mountbatten, in combination with one of the most popular mainstream technologies to date, serves the purpose of including learners with and without visual impairments, on both technological and social levels.” (Wiazowski, RESNA Assistive Technology, October 2014, vol. 26, no. 4) „The ease of depressing the buttons, the device’s ergonomic design, its speech reinforcement, its ability to correct errors, and the visual display on the … Read more
– we all need to be literate. Education and employment both require us to be literate; this is no less so for the blind citizen. Literacy for the sighted person begins in early childhood, where we are bombarded by signs, labels, printed packaging and captions on TV. Already the blind child is being marginalised, so they need really effective learning tools to help bridge the gap. We will add new content to this page as we receive new input and … Read more