BrailleSense Polaris MINI

SKU: H520B
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H520B Dictionary:   YES (Add $237.60)
H520B Dictionary additional language:   YES (Add $118.80)
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BrailleSense Polaris MINI

The new Notetaker that everyone is talking about…
BrailleSense Polaris MINI offers a new standard in blind-friendly applications with the latest in cutting edge technology. We’ve kept the traditional computer interface that has contributed to the popularity of other BrailleSense models. BrailleSense Polaris MINI supports Google Apps, making it easy to utilize Google services like Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides as millions of other students do every day.

What is BrailleSense Polaris Mini?

The easiest, most powerful and most feature-packed notetaker available!

Android Applications

Polaris Mini is an innovative collaboration of Braille and mainstream technology, offering the blind and visually impaired unprecedented accessible and intuitive productivity in today’s tablet-based world.

20-Cell Braille Display

Polaris Mini is an innovative collaboration of Braille and mainstream technology, offering the blind and visually impaired unprecedented accessible and intuitive productivity in today’s tablet-based world.

11-Key Perkins-Style Keyboard

With a 20-cell Braille display and a 11-key Perkins-style keyboard with Ctrl and Alt Keys, Polaris Mini looks and feels like a traditional notetaker. However, its competitive modern hardware and connectivity, along with direct access to Android applications, ensure it stacks up solidly against modern off-the-shelf phones and tablets.

Android OS!

Android Lollipop, openness and autonomy. An intuitive platform for everyone, regardless of whether you have a visual impairment!
Improved performance with a more open operating environment.
Customized for the blind, and compatible with the mainstream, Polaris Mini seamlessly combines accessibility and autonomy.
Connect and communicate with your world, wherever you are, wherever you go.
Customize your Polaris Mini with the apps that fit your lifestyle, and ensure connectivity with colleagues, friends and family using the same apps.
The possibilities are endless, make it yours! With thousands of accessible apps to choose from, Polaris Mini can be what you need it to be.
As Android continues to grow, Polaris Mini will grow with it, ensuring you will always stay contemporary.

Physical Orientation

1. Perkins Keyboard
2. Ctrl (NEW)
3. Alt (NEW)
4. Media Buttons
5. Power Button
6. Micro HDMI Port (NEW)
7. USB C Port (Charging, Data transmission) (NEW)
8. Battery Pack
9. 13MP AF Camera Sensor (NEW)
10. micro SD Card Slot (Located inside the battery slot) 

Physical orientation - Front

Physical orientation - Back

What’s new

Advanced Connectivity & Control
Wi-fi 802.11AC dual band, Bluetooth 4.2, USB 3.0 and micro HDMI.
The built-in 13 MP camera ensures accessible applications can take clear photos.
In addition to a traditional 9 key Perkins Braille keyboard and function keys, Polaris Mini offers special touch enabled function keys for quickly performing common operations, like copying and pasting in the Word Processor, or switching tracks in the Media Player.
Conveniently charge Polaris Mini via a USB-C cable.

Power-Packed for the Office Environment

Use the Word Processor to create and print Braille and text documents
Open and read text, RTF, DOC and DOCX, PPT and PPTX, PDF, and Epub files in contracted Braille
Send email using POP or IMAP
Keep track of contacts and appointments and sync them with your Google account.

Mobile Connectivity & Communication

Search for and download accessible applications in the Google Play store.
Use accessible Android apps for social networking, game play, Google services and more?
Browse the web with our accessible Web browser based on Google Chrome

Basic Features

Powerful Performance & Processing
Polaris Mini boasts a powerful Samsung 2.1GHz octa-core processor, 3GB RAM and 64GB storage
Expandable storage with the micro SD card reader and USB host port
Super fast data transfer and charging with the combination Micro USB and USB 3.0 data port.

Advanced Tools for Students

Scientific calculator and full Nemath and UEB math support.
Optional Sense dictionary including thesaurus, and bilingual dictionaries
Read and write text, Braille and Microsoft Word documents in multiple languages.

Students in class

Entertainment and Edutainment

Play and navigate DAISY and NIMAS compatible digital talking books
Listen to and record FM radio
Search for and play videos on YouTube, or stream audio content
Certified to use all Google services, including the play store. Thus, users can choose from among the thousands of accessible Android apps and access them via Polaris’s intuitive screen reader.

Braille Terminal and Visual Output

Polaris Mini offers a 20-cell Braille display that lets you navigate and control Braille Sense with touch gestures as you read its output in Braille.
Use Polaris Mini as a Braille display for PC, Mac, Smart phones and tablets
Polaris Mini provides visual output via the built-in LCD, HDMI display, or via Miracast.

Created with the Deaf-Blind in Mind

Unique flippable LCD display and a connected USB keyboard facilitate simple and instant communication with deaf-blind
Built-in vibration motor can be used to receive alerts and messages

GPS Sensor & Electronic Compass

Use the built-in GPS sensor and digital compass to navigate independently without the need for external devices
Download your favorite navigation app to plan, save, and guide your routes.

Rapid Data Processing with Ample Storage

Compact and power-packed
Long battery life 11 hours
2.1GHz octa-core processor
64GB flash disk

Key Features

Google Certified
Power-Packed for the Office Environment
Robust productivity tools, whether you’re in the board room, at your desk, or on the roa
Extensive file format support
Create Braille and text documents with advanced formatting in multiple languages
Print or emboss documents using a networked printer
Open Microsoft Word, PDF, EPUB, Excel and PowerPoint documents, and read them in contracted Braille

Organize Your World

Create a schedule with the Schedule Manager and set audible or vibrating alarms
Keep track of contact information for colleagues, friends, and family with the Address Manager
Synchronize contacts and appointments with your Google account
Send email messages using POP or IMAP accounts to sighted colleagues while reading incoming email messages

Advanced Tools for Students

Sophisticated Calculation and Composition Offers fraction calculation, Nemath and UEB Braille code entry into a fully functional scientific calculator
Teachers and students can share assignments and homework without their teacher needing to learn strange abbreviations and code words
Use the Sense Dictionary to ensure stylistic and accurate composition
Includes Dictionary, Thesaurus, and optional English/Spanish, English/French, and English/Italian bilingual dictionaries

Mobile Connectivity & Communication

Information and communication in the office, at home, or on-the-go
Surf the Internet with the BrailleSense Polaris Mini’s Web Browser, based on the popular Chrome browser, with contracted Braille access
Take advantage of our mobile connectivity and your favorite Android apps for social networking, news and file sharing, to get whatever you need wherever you are

Entertainment & Edutainment

Information and communication in the office, at home, or on-the-go
Books, music, videos and more for your education and entertainment
Outstanding media
Videos and Streaming
Enjoy a clear and powerful stereo audio listening experience with easily accessible audio buttons
Easily and instantly control FM Radio, DAISY Player and Media Player with designated media buttons located on the front of the unit
Play and navigate DAISY and NIMAS compatible digital talking books with text, audio, or both
Enjoy reading a variety of DAISY books: NIMAS1.1, XML DAISY, Daisy2.0, 2.02, 3.0, ANSI/NISO, Z39.86, DAISY3.0(
Search for and play videos on YouTube, or stream media content from the Internet

BrailleSense Polaris MINI entertainment

Created with the Deaf-Blind in Mind

Information and communication in the office, at home, or on-the-go
Accessible alerts and communication options for those who cannot see or hear
Built-in Vibration Motor: The Deaf-Blind user is alerted to messages, prompts, alarms and incoming chats in a manner accessible without hearing or sight

Created with the Deaf-Blind in Mind

Information and communication in the office, at home, or on-the-go
Bring Braille access to your computer, phone or tablet
Braille access for main stream devices
Terminal for Screen Reader
Compatibility with major screen readers across multiple platforms
Use the Braille Sense Polaris Mini as a Braille display with your PC, Mac, Smart phone, or tablet

* JAWS, Window-Eyes, System Access, NVDA, SuperNova, VoiceOver for Mac and iOS, and BrailleBack for Android

* Wirelessly connect to your phone via Bluetooth, or control your computer remotely from the comfort of your sofa

GPS Sensor & Electronic Compass

Information and communication in the office, at home, or on-the-go
Enjoy your independence with accessible navigation, GPS sensor and electronic compass
The GPS sensor and electronic compass, along with navigation software, allow you to explore your surroundings and provide instant, accurate directions or real-time, turn-by-turn navigation to your destination
GPS apps can be downloaded from the Google Play Store



OS: Android OS 5.1.1 (Lollypop)
CPU: Samsung Exynos 7420 2.1GHz Octa-core
Program Memory: Stored in Internal Storage


Internal Size: 64GB (53GB available to user)
External Slot: SD / SDHC / SDXC (Standard SD) SD / SDHC / SDXC (Micro SD)


Dimensions: (W x D x H): 9.64 x 5.66 x 0.74 in (245 x 144 x 19 mm) 7.28 x 4.05 x 0.90 in (185 x 103 x 23 mm)
Weight: 1.65 lb (750 g) | 0.91 lb (415g)
Power Requirement: 5V 1A, 5V 2A, 9V 1.75A
Fast Charge: Qualcomm QC v2.0 (9V 1.75A)
Removable: Replaceable and Changeable Battery Pack


Wireless Charging: Battery Pack on Charger Deck(Qi: Samsung)
Charging: DC Jack, USB Micro-B USB C
Charge Time: 4 hours 3.5 hours
Running Time: 18 hours 11 hours

Warranty: One-year limited parts and labour warranty


SKU: H520B

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