Braille reader

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

A braille reader, also called a braille display, is an electronic device that allows a blind person to read the text displayed on a computer monitor. The computer sends the text to the output device, where it is converted to Braille and "displayed" by raising rounded pins through a flat surface on the machine.

Braille readers come in various forms, including large units (about the size of a computer keyboard) and smaller units, designed to work with laptops and tablet computers. There are also Braille reader apps for smartphones and tablets that work in conjunction with a Bluetooth braille output device.


Some apps and devices also allow text input via the braille reader.

Bluetooth, Hardware terms, Screen reader