GWKB1027 : Using the Braille Sense as a Bluetooth Braille Display with Window-Eyes

Product: Window-Eyes
Author: Raul Gallegos
Date Added: 12/16/2005
Last Modified: 11/08/2010

These instructions are relevant to firmware version 5.51 of all Braille Sense notetakers. The term "Braille Sense" is used to refer to all Braille Sense models whether they have a Perkins keyboard or a Qwerty keyboard.

Whether your computer is already set up for Bluetooth support using the Windows XP SP2 Generic Bluetooth drivers, or whether you are installing a Bluetooth device for the first time (also using the Windows XP SP2 or SP3 Generic Bluetooth drivers), the following instructions will assist you with connecting the Braille Sense as a Bluetooth Braille Display for use with Window-Eyes. If you are using a newer version of Windows such as Windows Vista or Windows 7, the generic Bluetooth setup is similar to Windows XP. If you are using a computer with Bluetooth support using 3rd party drivers, you will need to consult your Bluetooth device documentation for information on setting up Bluetooth Serial support. Please note: If you are using the original Braille Sense, a compatible Bluetooth USB dongle will need to be connected into its USB port first. All other Braille Sense notetakers already have Blutooth capabilities built-in.

Bluetooth Setup

  1. If your computer comes with Bluetooth support built in, and is setup to use the Windows XP SP2 Generic Bluetooth drivers, continue to step 2. If you are using a removable Bluetooth device, such as a USB Bluetooth adapter, insert your adapter, and wait until Windows announces, "Your new hardware is installed and ready to use."
  2. Access the Bluetooth Devices icon in the system tray by pressing WINDOWS-B, followed by the letter B (or arrow to the Bluetooth Devices item), then press the context menu key (or SHIFT-F10), followed by O for Open Bluetooth Settings.
  3. Press CTRL-TAB to access the Options tab. Focus should land on a check box labeled, "Turn Discovery On." Press SPACEBAR to check this option.
  4. Press CTRL-TAB to access the COM Ports tab.
  5. Press ALT-D to access the Add button.
  6. With the "Incoming" radio button selected, press ENTER.
  7. When Windows announces, "Your new hardware is installed and ready to use," TAB to the list view, make note of the COM port number associated with the Incoming item, then TAB to OK, and press ENTER.

Window-Eyes Setup

  1. Press CTRL-BACKSLASH to open the Window-Eyes control panel.
  2. Press ALT-F for File.
  3. Press B for Select Braille display.
  4. Arrow down to Braille Sense, then press TAB.
  5. Arrow down to the COM port associated with the Incoming that you noted in step 7, and press ENTER.

Braille Sense Setup

  1. Enable Bluetooth on the Braille Sense by pressing BACKSPACE-DOTS-3-4-5-6 from the Perkins keyboard or F9 from the Qwerty keyboard. If you are using the original Braille Sense, connect a compatible Bluetooth USB dongle to the Braille Sense.
  2. Access the Bluetooth Manager on the Braille Sense by pressing F1, then L from the Perkins keyboard or Windows, then L from the Qwerty keyboard. The Braille Sense Plus will respond with "Scanning for devices, please wait."
  3. Once your device has been found, select the device name. The name should be the same as your computer name. With the device name selected, press ENTER. The Braille Sense will respond with "Scanning for services." Note: Window-Eyes must be running in order for the Braille Sense to detect the Serial Service. If it is not, you will receive a message stating "pin code authentication failed."
  4. Once a list of services is returned, select the one named "SerialPort" and press ENTER. The Braille Sense will respond with "Connection Succeeded. SerialPort (trusted, connected)."

Completing the Connection

  1. Press F1 from the Perkins keyboard or Windows from theQwerty keyboard on the Braille Sense to focus the File Manager. Note that the Bluetooth connection manager will continue to stay open in the background.
  2. Press U, then S to open the Terminal for Screen Reader.
  3. Arrow down to Bluetooth Serial Port, and press ENTER. You will hear Window-Eyes read a balloon tooltip that says, "A Bluetooth device is requesting to connect to your computer. To allow this connection, click this message."
  4. Making sure your number lock on your PC is set to off, press the Route to Tooltip hot key (INS-NUMPAD-PLUS twice). Window-Eyes will announce, "Pointer routed to tooltip.
  5. Press NUMPAD-SLASH to single left click the balloon tooltip. Doing so will cause a property sheet named "Add Bluetooth Device Wizard" to open with an edit box named "PassKey" to have focus.
  6. Using your computer keyboard, enter a pin code consisting of 4 to 8 ASCII characters, such as 1111, into the PassKey edit box, and then press ENTER. The Braille Sense will announce "Terminal Mode."

You are now set to use the Braille Sense as a refreshable Braille display through Window-Eyes. You can cancel out of Terminal Mode by pressing BACKSPACE--Z from the Perkins keyboard or ALT-F4 from the Qwerty keyboard. Next time you want to use the Braille Sense as a Braille display with Window-Eyes, you will only need to connect to the Serial Port service, and then select the Bluetooth Serial port in the Terminal for Screen Reader option. In other words, once the Braille sense has been set up to work with Window-Eyes, you will not be prompted to click the balloon tooltip, or enter a pass key, unless the Braille Sense Bluetooth profile is removed from your computer, or unless you remove the bluetooth profile from the Braille Sense.