Focus 40 Blue Generation 5
Focus 40 Blue Generation 5
Focus 40 Blue Generation 5
Focus 40 Blue Generation 5
Focus 40 Blue Generation 5

Focus 40 Blue Braille Display (Gen 5)

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    The 5th Generation range of Focus braille displays from Freedom Scientific are designed to be extra rugged to meet the needs of today’s active users. The Focus 40 Blue is a fully-featured, portable Bluetooth 4.1 / USB C braille display with crisp, paper-like braille and ultra-responsive ergonomic keys. 

     Combining the latest braille technology, a user-friendly key layout in a lightweight and compact design, the Focus 40 Blue can be slipped into your laptop bag after a day at work or school and then used at home with your iPhone or iPad. You can switch instantly between your tablet, smartphone and laptop with a button press – all platforms of Apple, Windows and Android are supported. 

     The 5th generation incorporates Freedom Scientific’s knowledge base from manufacturing and servicing of previous designs over many years. The new housing is an aluminium extrusion on a steel base and incorporates bumpers that absorb shock when the unit is dropped or knocked against a wall or door. The durable unit has been drop-tested to US Military Standard MIL-STD-810G. 

    Each braille cell is physically isolated from its neighbours. A single smooth cell cap covers the braille, so you feel only the braille pins, no seams. Special attention has been paid to the dot keys and spacebar to ensure smooth positive feedback and quiet operation. The braille pins have been retooled to provide a crisper, more uniform feel that you’ll notice with your first reading. 

     The Scratchpad feature allows reading of BRF braille documents and books on the included microSD card and also the taking of notes without having to connect to another device.  

     Compatibility and Connectivity 

    • Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity – switch between five Bluetooth devices and one USB connection 
    • Out-of-the-box compatibility with Apple iOS and Android devices 
    • Use with JAWS for combined speech and braille access 
    • Use with JAWS for braille Study Mode to learn and teach braille 
    • Works with JAWS BrailleIn for contracted braille input in Windows
    • Also works with ChromeBook, but with basic navigation controls 



    • 40 braille cells 
    • 8-dot braille keyboard (dots 7 and 8 for highlight indicators) 
    • Massive 20 hour battery life with typical use  
    • Smooth, paper-like feel 
    • Convenient thumb key and panning buttons 
    • Full key compatibility for efficient JAWS navigation 
    • NAV Rockers let you rapidly scroll by line, sentence, paragraph, or pan through a document 
    • Menu button for quick access to settings 
    • Select your personal Braille firmness with VariBraille 
    • Time and date display 
    • 368 x 78 x 19 mm 
    • 565gms 


    Other models in the Focus range 

    Focus 14 

    • 14 braille cells 
    • 8-dot braille keyboard 
    • 195 x 78 x 19mm 
    • 283gms 

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    Focus 80 

    • 80 braille cells 
    • 8-dot braille keyboard 
    • 620 x 78 x 19  mm 
    • 1.18kgs 

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