[BCAB] Braille display question

Nick.Adamson at generaldynamics.uk.com Nick.Adamson at generaldynamics.uk.com
Mon Feb 4 07:38:12 GMT 2013

Hi Steve.

I'd be really surprised if it's as simple as sending characters down the serial line. My guess is there's some sort of proprietary FS protocol going on and some sort of hand shake. Also in my experience you're more likely going to have to control each of the pins in turn.

The easiest way I've found to drive a braille display is by using the Sam SDK produced by Dolphin Computer Access, www.yourdolphin.com. If you contact them, describe the project that you want to use it for they can provide the SDK. This is what I used to produce my game for braille displays. It also supports well over 20 different makes and models of display, I guess about 95% of the displays on the market.

This SDK has functions to be able to control each dot directly or has a way of translating a string of characters in to braille.

Shout if I can help with any more info.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Steve Crawford
Sent: Sunday, 03 February 2013 23:33
To: bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk
Subject: [BCAB] Braille display question

I've just acquired a Freedom Scientific Focus 44 braille display and am
trying to talk to it via its serial port using a microcontroller called an
Arduino. In other words, I'm not using any drivers, just raw ascii
characters. Unfortunately I can't find any sort of technical information on
this, nor any other, braille display. Can anyone out there shed any light on
the following:-

1. What sort of commands do I need to send to the display in order to mkae
it display text? ie something like "HELLO WORLD" - is it a matter of
inserting some escape sequences before the text or what?

2. When I press the keys on the unit I get some data coming out of the
serial port, depending of course on the baud rate. Does anyone know what
baud rate it is likely to be (my best guess at the moment is either 38k or
56k) and do you know what the data should look like?

Many thanks.

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