Braille Machines

Braille machines can be used to type Braille and can be used to take notes then gives the ability for the person to read what they’ve written in Braille format. There are many types of machines that can be used to write and print in Braille.

Frame and stylus
Mechanical notetaker
Mechanical braillers
Embossers or braille printers
Electronic notetakers and braillers

Frame and Stylus:

The easiest way to create a braille document is to use a pointed stylus to push dots into paper. With standard writing frames the dots are created on the reverse of the paper, meaning the braille has to be written back to front.

The alternative is an upward writing frame. This enables the dots to be created on the front of the piece of paper you are embossing, enabling you to produce braille as you would read the code, from left to right.This makes it much easier to take quick notes using braille compared to using a traditional braille frame.

Stylus & Frame

Mechanical Notetaker:

This machine is similar to a typewriter, so rather than manually pushing the dots through a slate like the frame and stylus method you can mechanically type the notes. It is a small and portable piece of equipment and can be used easily at school or in the home.

Another good feature of using this machine is that it does not require special braille paper –
it can produce braille on standard paper and thin labelling materials.


Electronic Braillers, Embossers & Braille Printers

Embossers print braille output from a computer by punching dots onto paper.

They connect to the computer in the same ways as text printers and can also be connected to notetakers and other devices.

Mechanical Brailler

Braille Notetakers:

These are portable computers with a braille or QWERTY keyboard that can give speech feedback and allow the user to take notes and make appointments. Some are email and internet enabled. They can also have an integrated braille display.

Mechanical Braillers:

These machines are similar to the mechanical notetaker and standard typewriters, but they are larger and much more sturdy.


4 thoughts on “Braille Machines

  1. Looking for the vest option for a blind student at our school. We want to convert books and text to braille but also heard there was a machine which could raise pictures as well

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