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Freedom Scientific Announces New Focus 80 Blue Braille Display

(St. Petersburg, Florida, January 4, 2013) — Freedom Scientific, the world leader in assistive technology for those that are low vision or blind, today announced another member in the popular Focus Blue family of refreshable Braille displays.

The sleek new Focus 80 Blue is one third the volume and forty percent lighter than the previous Focus 80 display but packs even bigger features, including Bluetooth® and a highly refined keyboard design.

“Eighty Braille cells is long enough to give you an appreciation of the way a document is laid out, which can really help you produce a well-formatted document,” says Jonathan Mosen, Freedom Scientific’s Vice President of Blindness Hardware Product Management. ”It’s also long enough to reflect the layout of your computer screen when you are working with database applications such as in a call center. This is a device any Braille reader will love to have on their desk.”

Focus 80 Blue features both Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and is fully compatible with JAWS® BrailleIn™ providing Contracted Braille input in many Windows applications. It is also compatible with the full range of iOS 6 devices, so you can access your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch via Bluetooth. You have keyboard navigation throughout the Home screen and apps, and you can type and read in Contracted Braille or Computer Braille.

Pricing and Availability

The new Focus 80 Blue is priced at $7,795 with a two-year warranty and will be available in April.

For full details of the entire Focus Blue family, including the Focus 40 Blue and the Focus 14 Blue, the perfect companion to mobile devices, visit the Focus Braille Displays product page.

About Freedom Scientific

Freedom Scientific is the leading worldwide provider of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. The Company sells its products worldwide and has offices in Florida and Switzerland. The Company’s products have been translated into 24 languages and are available in 55 countries. Freedom also has a line of software products for those with learning disabilities.

Freedom Scientific®, JAWS®, BrailleIn™ are either trademarks or registered trademarks in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.