INTRODUCING the Activator, a Braille display that opens up a world of new possibilities...
Discover the next generation of Braille experience.
The Activator is a revolutionary new approach to Braille display technology developed and manufactured by Help Tech, a German company - a world leader in blindness solutions.
The Activator is a new type of Braille display concept that combines the proven features of Help Tech Braille displays, such as concave Braille cells and the patented ATC technology for automatic switching, with forward-thinking innovations from unprecedented hardware and software solutions in a modern design.
The Activator offers a next-generation Braille experience by combining the capabilities of the iPhone.
The advantages at a glance:
- 40 concave braille elements with cursor routing and adjustable pen thickness
- Integrated shorthand translation and reverse translation (RTFC)
- 2-in-1 folding keyboard with braille and text input
- Height: 22 mm (0.86 inches)
- SmartDock with charging function and integrated USB-A port
- Free "Help Tech+" app (available in the AppStore) with the following functions: Braille monitor, voice input, voice output, and much more.
- Battery life: over 30 hours
- Ergonomic and ultra-slim design (W x D x H in cm): 32.0 x 12.6 x 1.8 cm
Two keyboards in one
A special highlight of the Activator is the patent-pending multifunctional folding keyboard with Braille input.
With just one flick of the wrist, the ergonomically designed Braille keyboard becomes a fully-fledged computer keyboard with tactile switching characteristics. The Activator offers the perfect input mode for every application. No matter whether Braille or text input. Perfect for school, university, or work.
The folding keyboard is made of high-quality aluminum, is impressively flat with a height of only 8 millimeters, and sets new standards in design.
The smart Braille display
The SmartDock, which can be magnetically connected to the Activator, creates a groundbreaking symbiosis of Braille display and iPhone that offers completely new possibilities. With the SmartDock, the Activator becomes a mobile workstation in no time at all.
USB opens up a world of possibilities.
The SmartDock has a USB port on the top. With this, you can open and edit files from a USB stick via the iPhone. Many of the common file formats are already supported by the iPhone. And for all other file formats, you only need the appropriate app from the App Store. You can also connect other devices, such as headphones, microphones, or SD card readers, to the iPhone via the USB port.
If the Activator is connected to a power adaptor, the iPhone connected to the SmartDock also charges automatically. You only need to take one charger with you.
Integrated shorthand translation
The translation and reverse translation from full script to shorthand is integrated directly into the Activator. With RTFC, we rely on the world's leading translation tool for German, English, and French. The Activator also handles shorthand translation into Unified English Braille effortlessly.
Launch iOS apps directly
The Activator makes it easier than ever for you to open your favorite apps on the iPhone. You can customise the Activator's internal menu and add your own app favorites.
By connecting to the iPhone, the internal functions of the Activator are expanded to include SmartServices. It starts with a news area optimized for use with Braille displays, which you can put together according to your own interests.
The perfect complement: iOS app HelpTech+
With the iOS app HelpTech+, which is available free of charge for your iPhone, the Activator has been expanded to include many new functions and thus finally become a next-generation Braille experience. We are continuously developing HelpTech+ and adding new functions via the App Store. As a result, we will continue to offer you a first-class experience in the future.
- Braille monitor
The integrated Braille monitor enables a sighted person to follow the information that is displayed on the Braille display directly on the iPhone's display. Including reading position, text markings, and the cursor position.
- Dictation function
With voice input, you can easily dictate text instead of typing it yourself. The recognized text is then either saved in a new file on the Activator or inserted into an existing file at the desired position.
Other features of the Help Tech+ app
- Voice output
With the voice output function, you can have texts on the Activator read out to you via the speakers of the iPhone.
- File manager
With HelpTech+ you can copy files back and forth between the Activator and your iPhone.
- Transfer texts
Transfer texts from the iPhone's clipboard directly to the Activator.
- 40 concave piezoceramic braille elements with cursor routing
- 8 function/braille input keys
- Active Tactile Control (ATC) technology
- Activator connectors: USB-C, Bluetooth
- SmartDock connectors: USB-A, Lightning
- Weight: 970 g (Activator), 100 g (SmartDock)
- Dimensions in cm, closed (W x H x D): 32 x 2.6 x 12.6
- Dimensions in cm, opened (W x H x D) : 32 x 1.8 x 18.8
- Battery life: more than 30 hours