Re: Using a Braille display with one working hand

Pranav Lal

Hi John,

Are you typing with the same hand with which you are reading the Braille on
the display?


-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of John J. Boyer
Sent: Sunday, August 28, 2022 4:03 PM
Subject: Re: [chat] Using a Braille display with one working hand

Hello Pranav,

I have normal hands, but I can use my Braille display primarily with one
hand while typing on the QWERY keyboard.
The characters appear on the braille display immediately.


On Sat, Aug 27, 2022 at 10:47:12PM +0530, Pranav Lal wrote:
Hi all,

I have been thinking about using a Braille display. This is because of
the following reasons.
1. I am fed up with having to coordinate multiple sound sources while
I am on Microsoft teams calls. I'll have a colleague speaking, NVDA
speaking and another colleague messaging me on Microsoft teams. I have
audio ducking disabled but I still have a loss of volume. I suspect
this is more a soundcard driver issue but this is an office laptop and
it is a huge struggle getting IT to make any changes to the defaults..
2. I find headphones uncomfortable. I have tried bone conduction ones
as well and much prefer having my head free. Moreover, I plan to be
wearing video glasses when using the vOICe which makes the use of
headphones even more uncomfortable.

I have a partly formed left palm such that I cannot grip with it and
do not have independent control of the fingers. They look like stubs
of fingers though they do have nails etc.

The upshot of all this is that I am wondering if a Braille display
will really work for me. I can get a 20-cell orbit reader here but am
wondering if it is worth the investment.

As of now, I am used to getting immediate feedback when I type, and
6-key entry is something I do not fancy so am wondering if I can use a
keyboard and a display at the same time. What I suspect is that I will
have to use a mix of speech and Braille with the braille primarily for

Anyone any thoughts?

John J. Boyer
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