Using the BrailleNote Apex with the iPhone or other smartphone

Blog Date: 
Friday, August 27, 2010

Using Apex with iPhone iOS 4

The Apex can be paired with the iPhone running iOS 4 as a Bluetooth Braille display and provides Grade 2 Braille input and output.

The pairing has to be initialized from the phone, just as you would to pair with any other keyboard or Bluetooth device.

To make the connection do the following:

1- From the Apex main menu, make sure Bluetooth is turned ON. See the section Turn ON Bluetooth on your BrailleNote.
2- Enter Terminal mode. Change your terminal port to Bluetooth. The procedure is described in the section “Connecting your Apex via Bluetooth” . 

On your iPhone, from the Home screen, navigate to settings:
1- Navigate to General
2- Navigate to Accessibility
3- Double tap Voice Over
4- Double tap Braille
5- If your phone's Bluetooth is not turned on at this point, it will prompt you to do so.
6- Give it a few seconds to scan.
7- Once scanning has completed, you should see Apex as an option.  Simply double tap it and the pairing will begin.
8- Enter 0000 on the phone as the pairing code

You will hear a chime sound when the pairing has completed and both keyboard and display functionality will be available.

 
Setting up the Apex as a Braille Display for your Smartphone with Mobile Speak

To use the BrailleNote with Mobile Speak on a Smartphone, follow these steps:

1- From the Apex main menu, make sure Bluetooth is turned ON. See the section Turn ON Bluetooth on your BrailleNote.
2- Enter Terminal mode. Change your terminal port to Bluetooth. The procedure is described in the section “Connecting your Apex via Bluetooth” . 

On the Smartphone:
1- Open the Start Menu. Select the Mobile Speak Smartphone item to open the Control Panel. The Control Panel is divided into multiple pages. Navigate using the left and right arrows.
2- Go to the Braille page and select the first option Set up my Braille device.
3- Choose the correct device from the Select your Braille device from the following list of Bluetooth devices in range list by using left or right arrows.
4- Choose HumanWare from the manufacturer list. Choose BrailleNote from the device list so that Mobile Speak can configure the correct driver for your device.
5- Enter the pin number 0000.
Turning Braille On
When your BrailleNote has been properly connected to your Windows Mobile device and added in the Braille page (in the Control Panel), you may connect to your device using one of the following two ways:
1. Use the shortcut (command + dial key) to enable Mobile Speak Braille support.
Note:  This will turn on Braille in the device currently selected in the Braille page.

2. Change the selected device and enable Braille, then:
1.       Go to the Braille page in Control Panel.
2.       Navigate to the Braille device you wish to use using the arrow keys.
3.       Press the left soft key to activate the Options menu.
4.       Navigate to Connect and press Enter.

If successfully started, Mobile Speak will say "Braille Ready", and this message will also appear on your Braille display. Note that if there are fewer cells on your Braille display than required by this message, you may have to use Braille Pan Right to read the rest of the text. You can now use your Braille device to control your Windows Mobile device with Braille output.
To turn off Braille support, press command + dial again. Alternatively, you can select Disconnect from the Options menu in the Braille page of the Control Panel.

For further information, please visit http://www.humanware.com/