Focus 14, 40, and 80 Blue5th GenerationRefreshable Braille DisplayUser’s GuideFreedom Scientific Inc.440956-001 Rev B
Freedom Scientific Inc.http://www.FreedomScientific.comInformation in this document is subject to change without notice. No part of thispublication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any meanselectronic or mechanical, for any purpose, without the express writtenpermission of Freedom Scientific.Copyright 2019 Freedom Scientific. All Rights Reserved.JAWS is a registered trademark of Freedom Scientific in the United States andother countries. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of MicrosoftCorporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.To register your product, tRegistration.Contains Radio transmitter:FCC ID: T7V1316IC: 216Q-1316MIC ID: [R]202-LSDUSA-Federal Communications Commission (FCC) NoticeThis equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a ClassB digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits aredesigned to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in aresidential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radiofrequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with theinstructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particularinstallation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio ortelevision reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off andon, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more ofthe following measures: Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that towhich the receiver is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio /TV technician for help.
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to thefollowing two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference,and (2) this device must accept any interference received, includinginterference that may cause undesired operation.Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsiblefor compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.Caution: Exposure to Radio Frequency Radiation.This device must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any otherantenna or transmitter.Canada – Industry Canada (IC) NoticeThis Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 duCanada.This device complies with RSS 210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject tothe following two conditions:(1) this device may not cause interference, and(2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that maycause undesired operation of this device.L ‘ utilisation de ce dispositif est autorisée seulement aux conditions suivantes :(1) il ne doit pas produire d’interference et(2) l’ utilisateur du dispositif doit étre pr?t ? accepter toute interferenceradioélectrique reçu, m?me si celle-ci est susceptible de compromettre lefonctionnement du dispositif.Caution: Exposure to Radio Frequency Radiation.The installer of this radio equipment must ensure that the antenna is located orpointed such that it does not emit RF field in excess of Health Canada limits forthe general population; consult Safety Code 6, obtainable from HealthCanada’s website www.hc-sc.gc.ca.
Attention: Exposition à des radiations de fréquences radio.Cet appareil émettant des ondes radio, l'installateur doit s'assurer que l'antenneest positionnée ou orientée de telle sorte que l'appareil émette des champs RFne dépassant pas les limites recommandées par Santé Canada pour le grandpublic; consultez Code de sécurité 6, disponible à Santé Canada ou sur leursite web www.hc-sc.gc.ca.AttentionThis unit has been shipped with cables that allow compliance with FCCRegulations. If replacement cables are needed in the future, contact FreedomScientific to obtain the appropriately shielded cable.Safety, Maintenance, and Cleaning ProceduresDo not attempt to repair Focus Blue or open its case. This product contains nouser serviceable parts. Any unauthorized attempt to service or replace internalcomponents will void the product warranty.Keep Focus Blue away from wet areas, rain, and other sources of liquids. Donot submerge Focus Blue.Do not store in places subject to temperature extremes such as a parked car.Use only the power adapter that came with Focus Blue to charge its internalbattery pack. Other adapters may damage the unit.Important NoticeThis device has no user-serviceable components. Any unauthorized attempt toservice or replace internal components by opening the case will void theproduct warranty.
Table of ContentsIntroduction . 1What’s in the Box? . 2Physical Layout . 3NAV Rockers and NAV Mode Buttons . 4Panning Buttons . 4Rocker Bars . 4Selector Buttons . 5Panning Rockers (Focus 80 only) . 5Shift Buttons . 5Cursor Router Buttons . 5Power Button . 6Internal Battery . 7Connecting the Focus . 8Installing Focus Blue Display Drivers . 8Configuring the USB Connection . 9Configuring the Bluetooth Connection . 9Pairing with a Mobile Device . 11Switching the Active Connection . 12Using the Focus Blue with JAWS . 13BrailleIn . 13Braille Study Mode. 13Placement of Status Cells . 14Variable Braille Dot Firmness . 14Locking the Perkins-style Keyboard and Other Controls . 16The Display Configuration Menu. 17Bluetooth ID . 17Repeat . 17Rest . 17Clock . 18Calendar . 18Firmness . 19
Connections. 20Language. 21Scratchpad . 21Using the Scratchpad . 22Starting the Scratchpad . 22File Navigation Commands . 23Creating a New File . 23Saving a File . 23Transferring Braille Books and Text Files . 24Opening a File . 25Deleting a File. 26Editing Text. 26Finding Text . 27Exporting a File . 27Inserting a Micro SD Card. 28Diagnostics Mode. 29Entering and Exiting Diagnostics Mode. 29Routing Button Test . 29Display Test/Clean. 29Key and Controls Test . 30Battery Info Mode . 31Troubleshooting . 32Environmental Considerations. 34Storage . 34Operating . 34Service and Support . 35Warranty and Registration . 35
IntroductionThe 5th generation Focus Blue refreshable braille display provides a compact,tactile interface to your computer. Used together with screen access softwaresuch as JAWS for Windows, the Focus Blue can enhance your computingexperience.The Focus Blue includes the following features: 14, 40, or 80 refreshable braille cells A Cursor Router button above each braille cell 8-key Perkins-style braille keyboard Two Panning buttons, two Rocker bars, two Selector buttons, two Shiftbuttons, and (on the Focus 80 only) four Panning rockers A NAV Rocker and a NAV Mode button at each end of the display forquick navigation of files, lists, and menus A Menu button, conveniently centered above the Cursor Router buttons,for quick access to calendar, clock, Bluetooth connections, and more Built-in Scratchpad for taking notes and reading BRF books Micro SD Card up to 32 GB Status cells configurable to either end of the display USB connection to computer Bluetooth wireless connectivity supporting up to five connections Support for select cell phones and other mobile devices via third partyscreen reader applications1
What’s in the Box? 5th generation Focus Blue braille display AC adapter USB Cable Manual in print and braille Companion CD Warranty registration cards Product support insert2
Physical LayoutOn the left side of the display, going from front to back, you will find a Micro SDslot which contains a Micro SD card, the Power button, and a micro USB-Cport. The USB port allows you to connect the display to a computer using thesupplied USB cable, or to the AC adapter.The refreshable braille cells are located toward the front of the unit. There is aCursor Router button above each braille cell. At each end of the display'ssurface are NAV Rockers used for easy navigation. Positioned above eachNAV Rocker is a NAV Mode button which cycles through the differentnavigation modes.Positioned directly above the Cursor Router buttons, there are eight keyssimilar to those on a Perkins-style braille keyboard. Going from the center, theleft-hand keys contain the following: Dot 1 under the index finger, Dot 2 underthe middle finger, dot 3 under the ring finger, and dot 7 under the little finger,while the right-hand contains: Dot 4 under the index finger, Dot 5 under themiddle finger, Dot 6 under the ring finger, and Dot 8 under the little finger.These keys are used to enter text or perform commands. Between dots 1 and 4is a Menu button which is used to access the Focus configuration menu as wellas display Focus status information during an active connection. On the frontedge, directly under and in the center of the display is a SPACEBAR. This keyis used together with the braille keys when entering commands. A commandthat includes the SPACEBAR is commonly referred to as a chorded command.For example, L CHORD or DOTS 1-2-3 CHORD.On the front edge of the display are the following controls, located from left toright. The layout of these controls is slightly different depending on what modelof Focus you have. Focus 14: Left Selector button, Left Rocker bar, Left Panning button, LeftShift button, Right Shift button, Right Panning button, Right Rocker bar,and Right Selector button Focus 40: Left Panning button, Left Rocker bar, Left Selector button, LeftShift button, Right Shift button, Right Selector button, Right Rocker bar,and Right Panning button Focus 80: Left Panning button, Left Rocker bar, Left Selector button, twoLeft Panning rockers, Left Shift button, Right Shift button, two RightPanning rockers, Right Selector button, Right Rocker bar, and RightPanning button3
Note: The following sections describe how these controls work when using theFocus Blue with JAWS. If you choose to use the Focus display with athird-party screen reading application on a computer or mobile device,refer to the documentation that came with the software as the functionsof these controls may be different from how they work with JAWS.NAV Rockers and NAV Mode ButtonsThe Focus NAV Rockers allow you to move quickly through files, dialog boxes,lists, and menus. In a file, you can move by line, sentence, paragraph, or panbackward and forward. To switch between the four navigation modes, press theNAV Mode button located directly above each NAV Rocker. In a dialog box,you can move between the available controls, and even interact with them. In amenu, you can move up and down through the menu items. You can alsocompletely turn the NAV Rockers off by pressing the Left or Right NAV Modebutton and the SPACEBAR together. Perform a Left or Right NAV Modebutton CHORD once more to turn them back on.Panning ButtonsThe Focus Panning buttons pan left or right one display width each time theyare pressed. Press the Left Panning button, the button with a raised doubleleft arrow symbol, to pan left; press the Right Panning button, the button with araised double right arrow symbol, to pan right. If you are using JAWS, thefunctions of the Panning buttons can be reversed so that pressing the LeftPanning button causes the Focus display to pan right and pressing the RightPanning button causes it to pan left. To enable reverse panning, open JAWSSettings Center, search for "reverse panning", and select the Reverse PanningButtons check box.Rocker BarsThe Rocker bars provide movement up or down by line. Press the top of theRocker bar to move up one line; press the bottom of the Rocker bar to movedown one line. The Rocker bars, in combination with the Panning buttons,move to the beginning or end of the line on which the cursor is positioned.Press a Panning button and the top of a Rocker bar to move to the start of theline. Press a Panning button and the bottom of a Rocker bar to move to the endof the line.4
Selector ButtonsUsed by themselves, the concave-shaped Selector buttons control AutoAdvance. Press both Selector buttons together to toggle Auto Advance on oroff. Press the Left Selector button to decrease the Auto Advance speed orpress the Right Selector button to increase the Auto Advance speed.When pressed in combination with other controls, the Selector buttons performmultiple functions. For instance, pressing a Selector button and the top orbottom of a Rocker bar performs a page up or page down. You can also pressa Selector button and the Right or Left Panning button to move to the top orbottom of a file.Panning Rockers (Focus 80 only)The four Panning rockers on the Focus 80 function as extra panning buttons.However, they move in the same way as the Rocker bars. Press up on either ofthe Panning rockers to pan left and press down to pan right.Shift ButtonsThe Shift buttons are used in conjunction with the SPACEBAR, braille keys,and other controls to enter commands. For example, when using JAWS,pressing Left Shift DOT 4 or DOT 1 selects the next or previous line in adocument.Cursor Router ButtonsThere is a Cursor Router button located above each braille cell. Press aCursor Router button to move the cursor to that point, or to select a link in aweb page or email message. In line mode, press a Cursor Router button toopen a menu or select menu items.Press and hold the Left or Right Panning button while simultaneouslypressing a Cursor Router BUTTON to simulate a right mouse click at thatlocation.5
You can also use the Cursor Routers to select text in documents. To select withthe Cursor Router buttons, press and hold the Left Shift button, then press theCursor Router button above the text where you want to begin the selection.Release both keys. Move to where you want to end the selection, and press theLeft Shift button plus the Cursor Router button at that location. Use anynavigation commands to move from the beginning point to the end point of thetext you are selecting, even the NAV Rockers.Power ButtonThe Power button turns the Focus on or off when not connected to USB. Pressand hold it for approximately two seconds to turn the display on and press andhold it for approximately three and a half seconds to turn the display off.6
Internal BatteryThe Focus Blue contains an internal battery for Bluetooth operation. Whileusing the Focus over a Bluetooth connection, you will get approximately 20hours for typical usage. To check the battery status while the display is in use,press the Menu button to display the status message which includes thepercentage of battery charge used. Press the Left Selector button to return tonormal operation.When the battery is at 20 percent, 10 percent, and 5 percent respectively, a lowbattery warning is displayed indicating it is time to plug in the AC adapter. Youcan dismiss this message by pressing a Cursor Router button. In addition,once the battery drops below 10 percent, dots seven and eight in the last fivecells will show each percentage drop. For example, when the battery is at onepercent, dot 8 in the last cell will be raised.Use the AC adapter supplied with your unit to charge the battery. The unittakes three hours to charge using the supplied AC adapter even when theBluetooth connection is active. Charging time will be less if the battery is notcompletely discharged before the display is plugged in. The Focus will alsocharge while connected to a computer usi
left-hand keys contain the following: Dot 1 under the index finger, Dot 2 under the middle finger, dot 3 under the ring finger, and dot 7 under the little finger, while the right-hand contains: Dot 4 under the index finger, Dot 5 under the middle finger, Dot 6 under the ring finger, and Dot 8 under the little finger. These keys are used to .