About the Product
ElBraille-W14J G2 is a portable device designed for users who are blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind. ElBraille uses Braille input and supports Braille and speech for the output. The device supports Windows 10 functionality, including third party applications accessible with screen reading software. ElBraille has specially designed software installed on it as well.
ElBraille-W14J G2 is powered by Windows 10, JAWS 18.0 screen reading software and a Focus 14 Blue Braille display. ElBraille is a full-featured portable PC. It will allow you not only to quickly create notes and read your e-mail, but also work in popular Microsoft Office apps (requires pre-installation), surf the Internet with a wireless connection, and perform all of your current tasks.
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Functional and Technical Specifications
- Runs under Microsoft Windows 10.
- Braille display: 14 refreshable Braille cells, a 8-dot Perkins style Braille keyboard.
- The Braille display can be disconnected and used separately.
- A dock station based on an Intel® Atom™ x5-Z8300, Quad-Core 1.84 GHZ CPU.
- 160 Gb of internal memory, 2 Gb RAM.
- 2 stereo speakers for sound output.
- A built-in Microphone.
- An additional system speaker with sound and vibration feedback.
- A three-color LED device status indicator.
- Wireless WLAN802.11 A/B/G/N/AC networks support (2.4 and 5 GHz).
- Bluetooth V4.2.
- A built-in 4G LTE modem supporting 7 cell networking standards: TDD-LTE, FDD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, WCDMA, CDMA1X/EVDO, GSM/GPRS/EDGE. Download speed up to 150 Mbps, upload speed up to 50 Mbps.
- Positioning systems: GPS/Beidou/Glonass or GPS/Beidou/Galileo (depends on the firmware).
- An 1/8" (3.5 mm) headphone jack.
- A memory card slot supporting SD, SDHC, SDXC up to 256 Gb.
- A USB 3.0 port.
- A Mini HDMI port.
- Rechargeable 10,400 mAh battery.
- More than 20 hours on battery, even with wireless networking turned on.
- Powered with an AC adapter (110 to 240 W) or from battery.
- An AC adapter with replaceable plug (UK, US, EU, AU).
- Dimensions: 7.4×4.7×1.5 in (189×118×38 mm).
- Weight: 27 oz (750 grams)with battery.
- Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.
- Supports Microsoft Office 2016, 2013, or 2010.
- JAWS for Windows 18.0 screen reading software including high-quality Vocalizer Expressive voices.
- A specially designed self-voiced and self-Brailled emergency menu allowing to recover the device without system reboot or loss of data in case of some software failure.
- An alternative adjustable system menu that can be controlled from the Braille display alone.
- An additional adjustable set of keyboard commands to manage the system from the Braille display.
- A settings control panel allowing to flexibly adjust vibration and sound indication for various device events such as AC adapter connection/disconnection, turning the device on and off, battery charging level and status, and so on. This control panel regulates the device feedback for blind, visually impaired and deaf-blind users.
What’s in the Box
- ElBraille dock station.
- Focus 14 Blue Braille display.
- ElBraille eco-leather carrying case with a shoulder strap.
- Focus 14 Blue carrying case.
- ElBraille AC adapter.
- Focus 14 Blue AC adapter.
- USB to Micro-USB cable for charging Focus 14 Blue and connecting it to a PC.
- CD with drivers and utilities for Focus 14 Blue.
- Focus 14 Blue user guide.
- ElBraille quick start guide.
- SD card with system backup.
You have received your ElBraille as a single unit. Most likely you won’t want to disconnect the Braille display from the main unit. If for some reason you need to disconnect your Braille display, please refer to the Disconnecting the Braille Display section below.
The controls are placed on the Braille display as well as on the main unit.
- Extractor button.
- Headphone input (3.5 mm, or 1/8”).
- SD card slot supporting SD, SDHC, SDXC cards up to 256 Gb.
- USB 3.0 port.
- Power connector.
- Extractor button.
- Mini HDMI port.
- Micro-SIM slot.
The main space is taken by the Braille display.
Above the display there are six control buttons laid out in the following order, from left to right:
E1, E2, Volume Down, Volume Up, E3, E4.
Above these buttons you can find the "ElBraille” inscription in Braille.
The speakers are placed to the left and to the right of the inscription.
In the bottom left corner there is a recessed Power button. The LED indicator and the built-in microphone are located near this button.
A magnet lid near the left edge of the device covers the USB port connecting the Braille display to the main unit.
All LED indication types and their meanings are outlined below.
|Green||The device is turned on and works on battery|
|Yellow||The device is turned on and works from a wall outlet|
|Red||The device is turned off and the battery is charging|
|No indication||The device is turned off and the battery is not charging. This also can mean that the battery is fully charged, if the device is connected to a wall outlet|
Appearance of the Focus 14 Blue Braille Display
- An 8-dot Perkins style Braille keyboard. Two sets of four dots each are designated for two hands placed on the keyboard.
The left-hand set of keys contains the following keys, going from the center: Dot 1 under the index finger, Dot 2 under the middle finger, Dot 3 under the ring finger, and Dot 7 under the little finger.
The right-hand set contains, going from the center, Dot 4, Dot 5, Dot 6, and Dot 8.
- 14 refreshable Braille cells.
- Cursor routing buttons above each cell.
- NAV Rockers — two elongated buttons to the left and to the right of the Braille cells.
- Mode buttons — two round buttons situated above the NAV Rockers.
- The Space bar.
The front panel contains:
- Left and Right Shift keys — just under the Space bar.
- Left and right Panning buttons marked with raised double arrows.
- On the left and right edges are the concave-shaped selector buttons.
- The Rocker bars are placed between the Selector buttons and the Panning buttons.
Before Turning the Device On
Remove the device from the box.
Charge the device before the first use.
Use only the AC adapter supplied with the device.
Connect the AC adapter to the power connector on the right side of the device. Plug the adapter into a wall outlet.
Full charging can take 5 to 7 hours.
When the battery is charging, the LED indicator lights up red.
Note: If the battery power is very low, the device may not boot.
How to Turn the Device On and Off
How to Turn the Device On
To turn the device on, press and hold the recessed Power button in the bottom left corner of the main unit. By default you will hear a series of short beeps and feel vibration (at any time you can turn these off and back on in ElBraille settings available from the Utilities submenu in ElBraille Main Menu). Once the device is booted, you will hear JAWS speaking, and the Braille display will show text.
You will land on your Windows Desktop.
How to Shut Down or Restart the Device
Shutting down or restarting ElBraille the ordinary way:
- Go to the Start menu by pressing Right Shift+Dot 4 on the Braille display, which corresponds to the Windows key on your PC keyboard.
- Using Dots 4+5 Chord (equivalent to the Tab key) navigate to the Shut Down button and press the Space bar or Dot 8 (Enter).
- From the displayed context menu select either Shut Down or Reboot by using one of the Rocker bars, and then press Dot 8 again.
- During the shutdown process, by default you will hear several short beeps and feel a long vibration (at any time you can turn these off and back on in ElBraille settings available from the Utilities submenu in ElBraille Main Menu).
An alternative way:
- Go to the Desktop by pressing Dots 4+8 Chord, then the letter d (Dots 1+4+5) which corresponds to the Windows+D keystroke on the PC keyboard.
- Press Dots 1+6+8 Chord, then the letter d (Dots 1+4+5), which corresponds to Alt+F4 on the QWERTY keyboard.
- In the combo box that appears select either Reboot or Shut Down by using one of the Rocker bars, and then press Dot 8.
Note: If you changed your mind and don’t want to shut down or restart the device, press z Chord (Dots 1+3+5+6+Space bar), which corresponds to the Escape key on the PC keyboard.
Note: The shut down process takes some time, please wait.
Note: When rebooting, there is also a time gap between turning the device off and on. Please wait for the beeps and vibration indicating that the device is turned on, if the corresponding feedback is turned on in ElBraille settings.
ElBraille Emergency Menu
Sometimes a need to shut down or restart the device occurs if it has stopped working correctly, for example, you lost speech or Braille output. You can easily do this by using the ElBraille Emergency menu.
To open the Emergency menu, press and hold the E1 button. You will hear a beep and then a menu appears. It contains three items: Restart JAWS, Shut Down, and System Reboot.
To navigate in the menu, use one of the NAV rockers. To select the desired menu item, use one of the round Mode buttons above the Nav rockers. To exit the menu, press Right Shift+Dot 1 (Escape).
There is another way to operate the Emergency menu. It can be especially nifty if the Braille display does not respond to your actions. Using this way, you can navigate in the menu with your Volume up and Volume down buttons. To select a menu item, press E4. To exit the menu, press E1.
Use the Restart JAWS command if JAWS is working incorrectly or there is no speech or Braille output.
When exiting the menu you will hear a beep.
Note: Use the Emergency menu mainly for abnormal situations as using Shut down and Reboot from this menu can’t guarantee that your files and other current work is saved. In addition, if the speech output worked correctly before, in this menu you will hear it doubled, because speech in the menu is independent from JAWS.
Viewing Device Status Information
At any time you can check the battery status, network connection, current time or date using the ElBraille buttons.
- To check the battery status, press E2.
- To hear and view the information about wireless network connection status, press E2 twice quickly.
- To learn the current time, press E3.
- To learn the current date, press E3 twice quickly.
Note: The commands listed above are assigned by default. You can change the key assignments in the ElBraille Keyboard editor.
Default ElBraille Key Assignments
|Open ElBraille Main menu||E1|
|Open ElBraille Emergency menu||Press and hold E1|
|Report battery status||E2|
|Report wireless network connection status||E2 twice quickly|
|Report current time||E3|
|Report current date||E3 twice quickly|
|Launch ElNotes or create a text note||E4|
|Start recording a voice note||Press and hold E4|
ElBraille Main Menu
ElBraille Main menu turns your device into a convenient notetaker. With it, you can quickly accomplish many useful daily tasks, such as writing notes or using the calculator.
To open the ElBraille Main menu, press E1 briefly.
The ElBraille Main menu contains a number of items, for example:
- My Files — opens WINDOWS Explorer.
- Text Editor — opens Windows Notepad.
- Office Apps submenu — opens corresponding installed Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), if you have Microsoft Office installed.
- Calculator — opens Windows Calculator.
- Keyboard Editor — is located in the ElBraille Utilities submenu and opens the ElBraille Keyboard editor, a specially designed application for adding, modifying, and deleting ElBraille keystroke assignments.
- And others.
All items of this menu have quick access keys, which are spoken and brailled by JAWS after the corresponding menu item.
An example about of how you can use this menu to quickly create a text file is given below.
How to Quickly Create and Save a Text File
To quickly create a text file, follow these steps:
- Press E1 briefly, then the letter E (Dots 1+5).
- The text editor window will open. Type in your text.
- To save the file, press Dots 3+8 Chord, followed by the letter s (Dots 2+3+4), which corresponds to Ctrl+S on the QWERTY keyboard.
- The Save File dialog box will open. Type in the file name and navigate to the Save button by using Dots 4+5 Chord (Tab), and then press Dot 8 (Enter).
- To close the text editor, press Dots 1+6+8 Chord, followed by the letter d (Dots 1+4+5), which corresponds to Alt+F4 on the QWERTY keyboard.
Other commands from the ElBraille Main menu are performed in a similar way. To know how to work in a particular application, refer to the help system of the corresponding application.
Basics of Working with JAWS and WINDOWS on ElBraille
The way of working with Windows and JAWS for Windows is basically the same as with a usual PC. What is ElBraille specific is that you need to perform all the steps with ElBraille control keys and the Perkins keyboard alone.
The main work scenarios are outlined below.
For more information about working in Windows, please see Windows Help, as well as JAWS for Windows and Focus 14 Blue User guides.
Windows Start Menu
To open the Start menu, press Right Shift+Dot 4.
You will land in the search box. Start typing a command, name of the program or setting you want to find. To navigate through search results use one of the Rocker bars. To select the result you have found, press Dot 8.
If you want to get the list of frequently used applications, configure your account, view all apps or turn off the device, navigate through the Start menu using Dots 4+5 Chord (Tab) or Dots 1+2 Chord (Shift+Tab).
To move through list boxes and dropdown menus, use one of the Rocker bars. To activate the selected item in a list or menu, as well as to click a button, use Dot 8 (Enter).
To exit the Start menu, use Dots 1+3+5+6 Chord (Escape).
To read the current window as a whole, press Right Shift+Dots 1+2.
To read the window title, press Dots 2+8 Chord, then the letter t (Dots 2+3+4+5), which corresponds to Insert+T on the Qwerty keyboard.
To read the status bar of the window, press the Left Rocker bar down and the Right Rocker bar down simultaneously.
To move between window controls, use Dots 4+5 Chord (Tab) and Dots 1+2 Chord (Shift+Tab).
Working with Windows and Dialog Boxes
Windows dialog boxes can contain not only text information but also various controls: check boxes, radio buttons, sliders, edit fields, buttons, and so on.
How to interact with these controls using the Perkins keyboard is described below.
You can select a radio button, check or uncheck a check box by using Space bar. You can also use one of the routing buttons if the cursor is placed on the corresponding radio button or check box.
To click a button, use Space bar, Dot 8 or one of the cursor routing buttons.
To learn how to fill in edit fields, refer to the section about entering data.
To move a slider in small steps, press one of the Rocker bars. To move it in large steps, press the Rocker bar in conjunction with a Selector button.
If the window you are exploring is split into tabs, use Dots 5+6 Chord (Ctrl+Tab) or Dots 2+3 Chord (Ctrl+Shift+Tab) to move between the tabs.
You can have several applications launched simultaneously. The most effective way of moving between the apps using your Braille display is the JAWS Task List feature. It provides access to the list of launched windows. To invoke this function, press Right Shift+Dot 5. Move through this list by using one of the Rocker bars. To move to the selected application window, press Dot 8.
For more information please refer to the JAWS help system or the Focus 14 Blue user guide.
To type in text on ElBraille, the 8-dot Perkins style Braille keyboard is used. You can type text either in Grade 1 computer Braille, or in Grade 2 Braille. For more information refer to the corresponding JAWS help topics.
Note: The numbers are typed “lowered”, i.e., to type the digit 1, use Dot 2.
You can write and edit text not only in text editing applications, but also in edit fields in different Windows dialog boxes. The text editing rules are the same for both cases:
To begin from a new line, use Dot 8 (Enter).
To remove the previous character, use Dot 7 (BackSpace).
To delete the character under the cursor, use Left Shift+Dots 1+4+5 or Dots 1+2+3+4+5+6 Chord.
Basic reading and navigation commands
|Read the current line||Dots 1+4 Chord|
|Go to the previous line||Dot 1 Chord|
|Go to the next line||Dot 4 Chord|
|Read the current word||Dots 2+5 Chord|
|Go to the previous word||Dot 2 Chord|
|Go to the next word||Dot 5 Chord|
|Read the current character||Dots 3+6 Chord|
|Go to the previous character||Dot 3 Chord|
|Go to the next character||Dot 6 Chord|
|Say all||Dots 1+2+4+5+6 Chord|
To open Windows Explorer, press E1, and then select My Files or press the quick access letter f (Dots 1+2+4).
To move between files and folders, use one of the Rocker bars.
To open a file or a folder, use Dot 8 (Enter).
To move one level up, use Dot 7 (BackSpace).
Other Common Commands
|Copy to clipboard||Left Shift+Dots 1+4|
|Cut to clipboard||Left Shift+Dots 1+3+4+6|
|Paste from clipboard||Left Shift+Dots 1+2+3+6|
|Undo last action||Left Shift+Dots 1+3+5+6|
|Delete||Left Shift+Dots 1+4+5|
Some PC keyboard keys simulated on the Braille display
|Qwerty Keystroke||Braille Keystroke|
|Escape||Dots 1+3+5+6 Chord|
|Alt (for entering the menu bar)||Right Shift+Dot 2|
|Applications, or context menu key||Right Shift+Dot 2 Chord|
|Windows key (for entering the Start menu)||Right Shift+Dot 4|
|Caps Lock||Right Shift+Dot 7 Chord|
|Tab||Dots 4+5 Chord|
|Shift+Tab||Dots 1+2 Chord|
|Home||Dots 1+3 Chord|
|End||Dots 4+6 Chord|
|Page Up||Selector button+Rocker bar up|
|Page Down||Selector button+Rocker bar down|
|Delete||Dots 1+2+3+4+5+6 Chord|
For the full list of commands please refer to the Focus 14 Blue user guide.
Basic JAWS Setup
ElBraille users have full access to all JAWS functions, as it is on a usual PC. The most frequent actions and the way they are performed with ElBraille buttons and the Braille keyboard are outlined below.
For more information about working with JAWS please refer to JAWS help system.
JAWS Startup Wizard
At any time you can select a voice, adjust speech rate and its verbosity, and also change other frequent settings by calling JAWS Startup Wizard.
To open the JAWS Startup Wizard, do the following:
- Press Right Shift+Dots 2+4+5 to go to the JAWS main window.
- Press Rocker bar down until you reach the Help menu item. Then press Dot 8 to select the item.
Note: You can also use panning buttons to go to the Help menu item. In this case, press one of the routing buttons to select it.
- Using one of the Rocker bars navigate to the Startup Wizard menu item and select it by pressing Dot 8, or press the letter z (Dots 1+3+5+6).
The Startup Wizard consists of several consecutive dialog boxes. Please go through them and set the desired options. For more information about checking radio buttons and check boxes, moving sliders and so on, refer to the Working with Windows and Dialog Boxes section above.
Important! Be sure to go through all of the dialogs and click Finish at the end of the process. Otherwise your settings will be lost.
Working without speech
If you wish, at any time you can turn off speech and work only with the Braille display.
To turn off speech temporarily, press Dots 2+8 Chord, then Space bar, then the letter s (Dots 2+3+4), which corresponds to the Insert+Space bar, s layered command on the PC keyboard.
To turn the speech on again, use the same command once more.
For more information about how to make full and precise JAWS adjustment according to your liking, please refer to the JAWS help system.
Connecting to a Network
Connecting to a Wi-Fi Network
ElBraille can use a Wi-Fi network. You can also use the Bluetooth feature of the Focus 14 Blue Braille display to connect it to other devices.
How to connect ElBraille to a Wi-Fi network is described below.
For more information about the Bluetooth capabilities of Focus 14 Blue refer to its user guide. To access the Power button on the Focus, please take off the magnet lid situated to the left of the Braille display.
To connect your ElBraille to a wireless network, please do the following:
- Open the Start menu by pressing Right Shift+Dot 4.
- In the search box that appears type in Wi-Fi.
- In the search results select Wi-Fi Settings.
- In the window that appears navigate to the available networks list using Dots 4+5 Chord (Tab).
- Using a Rocker bar select the desired network and press Dot 8 (Enter). The Connect Automatically check box and the Connect button will appear. The check box is checked by default. If you want to connect to the network only once, uncheck the box.
- Using Dots 4+5 Chord navigate to the Connect button and press Dot 8 again. A password input box appears.
- Type in the password and press Dot 8. If the connection is successful, you’ll see Connected near the network in the networks list.
Connecting to a Mobile Network
ElBraille can work with a mobile Internet connection using the build-in LTE modem.
Warning! In order to be able to connect to a mobile network, you need to have a corresponding micro-SIM card you can get from your cell provider. Please note that the Internet connection is rated according to your provider’s prices. Please consult the corresponding website or user guide before connecting to a mobile network.
To establish a connection with a mobile network, do the following:
- Make sure your ElBraille is turned off. Insert the micro-SIM card cut corner to the bottom in the corresponding slot on the left side of the device.
- Turn your ElBraille on and wait for the operating system to boot.
- Make sure the modem is turned on. You can check this in ElBraille settings available from the Utilities submenu in ElBraille Main menu. If the modem is turned off, please check the Modem check box to turn it on.
- Go to Windows Control panel. You can do this by first pressing Right Shift+Dot 4 (Windows key) to go to the Start menu, and then entering control in the search box that appears.
- In the Control panel search box enter dialup.
- Press Dots 4+5 Chord (Tab) twice to go to the Setup a New Dial-up Connection link and press Dot 8 (Enter) to activate it.
- In the dialog that appears fill in all of the fields. In the phone number field type *99#. User name and password are needed only if especially required by your cell provider. You can also specify a connection name in the corresponding field. When done, click the Connect button.
- Wait for some time. If everything went well, you will be presented with a dialog containing three buttons: Back, Close, and Browse Internet Now.
- Now your Internet connection is available in the interfaces list. You can find it in Control Panel, Network and Internet, Dial-up. Select your connection from the list, tab several times to the Connect button and press Dot 8 (Enter) to activate it.
- In the dialog that appears confirm that your credentials are correct and click Call.
Safety and Maintenance
Do not attempt to repair or open ElBraille. This product does not contain user serviceable parts. Any unauthorized attempt to repair or replace internal components will void the warranty.
Keep your ElBraille away from wet areas and sources of fluid, do not immerse it in liquids or expose to rain.
The optimal temperature for ElBraille is from 41°F to 95°F (from 5°C to 35°C).
Do not store the device in places subject to extreme temperatures, such as a parked car or near radiators.
For battery charging use only the charger provided in the package.
The socket outlet shall be installed near the equipment and shall be easily accessible.
Disconnecting the Braille Display
In case you need to disconnect the Braille display from the main unit, simultaneously press two Extractor buttons located on both sides of the device. If you use the leather carrying case, please liberate the device from the case before disconnecting the Focus 14 Blue.
When the Extractor buttons are pressed, the display can be easily separated from the main unit.
Warning! The Braille display is connected to the main unit using a USB connector covered by the magnet lid. Do not pull the display abruptly: first disconnect the USB, and then slowly pull the display out of the main unit.
To reconnect the Focus 14 Blue to the main unit, do the following:
- Take off the magnet lid located to the left of the Braille display and lift the USB connector so it is perpendicular to the main unit.
- Grasp the display with your right hand and connect it to USB, helping yourself with your left hand.
- Gently lower the display so it sits on the main unit.
- Make sure that the rear side of the display fits under the fixing lug (under the volume buttons).
- Gently pull the front side of the display down until it clicks.
- Put the magnet lid covering the USB connector back on.
|The device is not turning on.||Charge the battery. If the battery level is too low, the device may not boot even after plugging the charger. Wait several minutes and then turn the device on again.|
|The battery does not charge or charging takes more time than expected.||Be sure to use the charger supplied with the device. If the battery is charging, the LED indicator glows red.|
|The Braille display shows superfluous dots or some dots are sticky.||Clean the display as indicated in the Focus 14 Blue user guide.|
|The Focus 14 Blue seems not to be connected to the main unit.||If you had disconnected the display, make sure it is connected correctly.|
Service and Customer Support
If you have any questions, please call Elita Group customer support.
Phone: +7 (495) 748-96-77
Fax: +7 (495) 706-50-64