Focus Blue 5th Generation Firmware Downloads

Use this page to download the latest firmware for your Focus Blue 5th Generation refreshable braille display. For more information on using the Focus Blue, visit the Braille Displays Documentation page.

Note: It is not necessary to download and install this firmware on Focus Blue displays purchased after May 16, 2018.

This firmware update adds a Scratchpad utility to the Focus Blue. If a Micro SD card (up to 32 GB) is inserted into the display, the Scratchpad enables you to enter notes using uncontracted or contracted braille. No USB or Bluetooth connection is required to use the Scratchpad. For example, if you need to quickly write down a phone number, but you do not have immediate access to your PC or mobile device, you can launch the Scratchpad on your Focus, write down the phone number using the Perkins-style keyboard, and then save it to a file on the Micro SD card.

The Scratchpad offers basic file navigation and editing functions including cut, copy, and paste. You can also search for text in the currently open file. Additionally, if the Focus is currently connected to a computer or other device over USB or Bluetooth, you can export the contents of the current file to the edit window of the currently open application.

The Scratchpad also allows you to open and read braille formatted BRF files from a variety of services including BARD directly on the display. When the Micro SD card is inserted, pressing and holding the Left Panning button while powering on the focus causes the display to be recognized as a removable drive when connected over USB. Once in this mode, BRF books can be transferred directly to the Micro SD card for reading in the Scratchpad.

See the Scratchpad documentation for more information on using all of its features.

IMPORTANT: This update is for the Focus 14 Blue and the Focus 40 Blue 5th generation braille displays. DO NOT install this firmware on older Focus 14 Blue, Focus 40 Blue, or Focus 80 Blue braille displays.

The 5th generation Focus Blue braille displays have a Menu button between keys 1 and 4 on the Perkins-style keyboard. If your display has a Menu button, follow these instructions to upgrade the display.

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