Braille Star 80

BrailleStar 80


Braille Star 80 is an ergonomically optimized Braille system for the professional workspace with 80 piezo-electric Braille cells. Combined with a PC keyboard, Braille Star 80 can also be used as a stand alone note taker. The PC keyboard can be placed directly on top of the Braille Star 80. In addition to a 16-key numeric block, the Braille Star 80 is also equipped with 8 function keys. These all are ergonomically positioned for Braille input.

Universal Connectivity

Braille Star 80 can be connected to a PC via USB or the serial port. 2 Audio-Stereo signals, connectable on the back of the Braille Star 80, are passed through to the right front corner of the Braille Star. This allows you to connect a headset and microphone conveniently and directly to the Braille Star 80. Braille Star 80 can be used with different screen reading programs in order to work on various operating systems including Windows, Mac and Linux.

Convincing Flexiblity

With just one keyboard, you can either take notes internally or control your computer. The keyboard is connected directly to the Braille Star 80 and can be switched over easily. The Braille Star 80 is available in Handy Tech blue and silver grey.

Using the Braille Star 80

The triple action keys allow activation of three functions by pressing either the upper, the lower or the central part of the key. The triple action keys are positioned ergonomically left and right of the Braille cell surface. In order to place the cursor directly on the reading position of the finger, each of the Braille cells is equipped with its own cursor routing button. The Braille Star 80 is also equipped with extended up and down keys. These keys can be easily reached while reading the more central area of the Braille display. The 16key pad which is user definable can be used for additional functions like dialing in a telephone application.

Internal Note Taking Capablity

While working with a computer, you can also take internal notes independently from the computer. You can take those notes either with the Braille keys in front of the Braille Star 80 or with the PC keyboard on top of the Braille Star 80.

Comfortable Editing

Your notes will be stored as files within the Braille Star 80. Up to 5 files can be opened in parallel. Alt + Tab (chord 568) allows you to change between open files. A file can be as big as 3 MB, and up to 512 files can be stored in the Braille Star 80. Block functions like Copy (Ctrl + C), Cut (Ctrl + X) and paste (Ctrl + V) are available. There are also clipboard and an easy to use search and replace function.

Easy Data Transfer

HTCOM, the Handy Tech Communication program, allows easy transfer of data from Braille Star 80 to the PC and back again. In addition, HTCOM allows you to send information stored in the Windows clipboard directly to the Braille Star. A grade-2 translator as well as a monitor mode for visualizing the display of the Braille Star 80 are also integrated in HTCOM. You can also send Word documents directly out of Word or use the “Send To”-function of Windows Explorer to transfer files into the Braille Star 80.

Ergonomically Optimized

With the Braille Star 80, Handy Tech has once again set new standards in ergonomic design. The surface of the Braille cells is concavely shaped and optimized for the reading finger. This allows reading in a relaxed hand position. The function keys that can be used as Braille keys are ergonomically positioned for Braille entry. The triple action keys which are positioned left and right of the reading surface are also concavely shaped. The cursor routing keys are integrated in the tactile surface of the Braille cell. There is no gap between the Braille display and the front of the PC keyboard. Therefore only a minimum of movement is required while moving the hand from the keyboard to the Braille cells.


Braille Star 80 allows the control of 2 PC’s in parallel. Two keyboard inputs from two different PC’s can be connected to the Braille Star 80. When switching between USB and serial, you also switch between the two different PC’s. This is how you can control two PC’s in parallel with the Braille Star 80.


  • 80 concavely shaped Braille cells.
  • 80 cursor routing keys.
  • 2 switchable external keyboard-inputs.
  • USB and serial ports.
  • 4 MB text memory.
  • 2 extended up/down keys.
  • 2 triple action keys.
  • 8 function keys.
  • Color: optionally in Handy Tech blue or silver grey.
  • Dimensions: 23 inches x 9.65 inches x 0.95 inches (Width x Depth x Height).
  • Weight: 5.6 pounds.