using iphone with a braille display as a notetaker
Do you have to deal with HIPPA compliance? If so, you may need to ask your IT people what the security requirements are where you work. If you freelance, just make sure you set up Find My iPhone so you can do a remote wipe in case you lose the phone, and be aware that the risk of hacks rises exponentially when you have an always-on device, and be further aware that although the risk of losing or exposing client data may seem small, you will find yourself in a world of hurt should you happen to lose that particular lottery. I work in a clinical setting with an Apex, and I do have an iPhone that I pair with it.
That being said, I don't do much serious work on my Apex because the keyboard is horrible and the software is paleolithic. I may ditch the notetaker next time I buy refreshable Braille. I do find that there are instances when reading and editing on the iPhone/braille display combination can be annoying: the poster who said that no dedicated keys for moving by paragraph, word, etc. was frustrating had an excellent point. However, you get some extra commands if you pair with a bluetooth keyboard, and if it doesn't sound too crazy you could get a slimline Braille display plus regular keyboard plus IOS device. This particularly comes in handy - I think - when you need to use cut/copy/paste, text selection or movement commands in a long document.
I use TrunkNotes to take notes in grad school and at conferences. Cheap app, dropbox integration, markdown syntax so you can easily create headings, lists, time tamps, etc. Also iDatabase to create custom databases of whatever. Clients, if you're feeling lucky on the security front. Recipes and booklists even if you're not.
Can you afford to invest in a thin, light laptop? MacBook Air or Acer ZenBook if you are feeling indulgent, maybe a Toshiba Portege if you're not. If you have something in your go-bag every day that can handle serious word processing, spreadsheets, file management, etc., you will probably be pleased by how well JAWS 13 works with Braille input on late-model Braille displays, and you won't have the limitations of just the iPhone. Also, having something like that - even a Cheapy netbook - means you'll have the all-important thumb drive or SD slot you need to remove and securely store your data.
Another option for data storage is a Braille display with limited note taking capabilities. BrailleEdge 40 is the newest of this lot, but they are NOT, I repeat NOT, compatible with IOS at this writing. They're waiting on support from Apple. As has been mentioned, the Perkins Products Mini and ESYS are other options with built-in note taking. The BrailleStar 40 is one more, although the storage on that guy is internal flash and the unit is pretty bulky.
Lastly, you could look at an Android device - allegedly there's third-party Braille support from Code Factory now - although I don't think Android is where it needs to be for optimum accessibility yet. At least Android tablets and handhelds let you plug in external memory and use different types of encryption.
Hope this helps and best of luck.
I am very pretty interested in this topic and realized that my Braillenote MPower could not work with iPhone because of its old version of Bluetooth. I have an idea if Usb Bluetooth adapter works on BrailleNote MPower and if it makes MPower connect with iPhone.I hope someone has MPower and usb Bluetooth adapter can try my suggestion.
All the best
This thread mentions text writer. I can’t find it in the App Store. Has its name changed or has it gone away?
Since my braille lite M 20 died, I am facing the same problem as the writer of this thread. I was considering the focus 40 blue fifth generation. It has a notetaking capability, but I am told that although the files are stored on a microSD card, they are not stored in standard ASCII format, basically dot patterns. (It can output the text to a computer, Or maybe jaws, as keystrokes.) does the braille edge do something strange like that, or does it store it’s text in standard format?
Braille Edge uses full-size SD carcs and stores in standard format. When I had mine, I had it create text files, which I could still type in contracted braille. The Edge translates as it goes.
The concern with it is that the firmware hasn't been updated in several years, and I'm not sure how well the device is supported. The only reason I got rid of mine is that I needed something easier to read with my RSI.