Braibook is an innovative evolution of the traditional ebook or portable book readers. In this case, the device allows documents and books to be stored in different text formats in such a way that they can be read in braille autonomously without the need to be associated with a mobile phone or other device thanks to its battery and storage memory.
The device has an 8-point braille block that updates the information at a speed previously set by the user.
Likewise, the device can also be used as a player for books in audio format by connecting headphones.
Forms of Acquisition:
The device is priced at € 395 excluding VAT and shipping costs.
The purchase can be made through the manufacturer's website at the following link:
We have checked the technical performance of the Braibook braille reader and we will tell you our impressions in this section.
First, it should be noted that the reader is a product with a compact and robust format. The reader consists of a braille reading block with 8 positions that update the character at a speed previously configured by the user. Configuration is done through a joystick-type button located on the left side. This button allows you to move through the menus whose content is displayed in braille at the top. The joystick has 5 positions (up, down, left, right and center or confirm).
The options that can be configured in the menu are the following:
Menu 1. Continue reading (only in case of having an open reading)
2. Open document
3.2. Reading type
3.2.1. With space
3.2.2. Without space
3.3. Braille type
3.3.1. 6 points
3.3.2. 8 points
3.4. Enable audio
This menu of basic options allows you to configure all the necessary options to be able to read a book in braille format or in audio format.
Regarding the reading block
The braille reading block has 8 points, although it can also be configured in 6 points mode. This block consists of a series of mechanical actuators with two positions (on / off) that can reproduce any braille character.
Regarding the reading method
At this point it is important to highlight that Braibook makes use of a novel method for the representation of characters in which, unlike braille lines, the user does not need to move the finger through a set of braille blocks or cells, but the device counts with a single block in which the finger is permanently placed, the content being the one that is updated at the previously configured speed.
From our point of view, a good idea may be to request a test from the manufacturer until you get used to the reading method. Regarding this point, the manufacturer states the following:
“After your purchase, you have a 30-day trial and in the event of not being satisfied, we will refund the full amount of the purchase. You can also enter the web in the Tour tab and fill in the form, we will notify you when the device is presented in your city "
Regarding the battery and memory
The device provides great autonomy as it is not necessary to permanently connect to cables, mobile phones or computers to read books and documents.
Charging both the battery and the reading contents is done through a USB type-C connector that includes an additional charger.
The battery has an autonomy of 5 hours in continuous reading.
The memory is enough to store thousands of books and documents and it also has an SD card slot in case you want to expand its capacity.
In addition, the device has a Bluetooth connection to upload files from a computer or Smartphone.
Regarding the audio options
The device includes a headphone connection that allows you to listen to audiobooks and files in audio format. The audio can in some cases be reproduced simultaneously with braille.
Manual and product information
The product has a short manual in text format, although it would be advisable to include a manual in Braille format. The manufacturer has audiovisual materials on its website.
In general, Braibook is an innovative device with good features, among which stand out the battery life and the possibility of use not linked to other devices such as telephones or computers, its large storage capacity for books and documents and the possibility of playing audio files or audiobooks even simultaneously with braille.
That said, it should also be noted that the device has a price that makes it advisable to assess before purchase if the user adapts to the reading method.
The fact of not needing a phone or computer and being able to use Braibook autonomously anywhere
The battery has adequate autonomy for reading for a period of up to 5 hours
The device has memory capacity for thousands of books and documents
The manual is quite short and one could be attached in braille format
The reading method is new so it would be convenient to put more emphasis on this part and even offer test sessions with experts.
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