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40 Cells of Refreshable Braille - Plus Bluetooth

The New Focus 40 Blue from Freedom Scientific

(St. Petersburg, Florida - June 22, 2009)

Freedom Scientific today announced the Focus 40 Blue, the latest addition to its popular Focus line of Braille displays.

The Focus 40 Blue offers 40 cells of refreshable Braille, Bluetooth™ 2.0 for wireless connectivity up to 30 feet, a Perkins-style Braille keyboard, and USB 2.0 support that also charges the unit when connected – all in a new compact package that is 40 percent smaller than the current Focus 40.

"The Focus 40 Blue gives you Braille anywhere, on a wide range of devices," said Jonathan Mosen, Freedom Scientific's Vice President of Hardware Product Management. "With 40 cells of Braille, it's powerful enough to do serious work, yet its small size and handy carrying case make it easy to take with you everywhere. The Bluetooth connection, which runs for 20 hours between charges in typical use, is great for working on the move with a laptop running JAWS®. Take your Focus 40 Blue to a lectern, for example, and run a PowerPoint® presentation wirelessly from your Braille display, or leave your PC in your bag during your commute, and work with just the Focus 40 Blue."

The Focus 40 Blue is designed to accommodate everyone's Braille preferences, with a range of navigation methods including WHIZWHEELS®, thumb keys, and rocker bars. There are 10 hot keys that can be configured to perform frequently-used functions for maximum productivity. You can even set the firmness of the Braille dots to your personal taste with VariBraille.

"The Focus 40 Blue incorporates Freedom Scientific's seamless Braille cell construction, so it feels like reading Braille on paper," added Mosen. "When used with JAWS, the two rows of keys above the Braille cells support Freedom Scientific's unique Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille."

The new Braille display will begin shipping in July and is priced at $4,495 with a 2-year warranty.

For more information including specifications, visit the Focus 40 Blue Braille Display product page on the Freedom Scientific website or contact Freedom Scientific at 800-444-4443 or 727-803-8000.

About Freedom Scientific

Freedom Scientific is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. Freedom Scientific is part of Vispero™. Vispero has its headquarters in the USA and the Netherlands, and offices in Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. Through Vispero's multi-tier distribution, Freedom Scientific products are available in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Freedom Scientific® and its products are 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.