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QBraille XL

User Manual

For Software Version 1.0
(September, 2018)
When there are any manual updates,
the readme files or appendices
will be added to the website.

SELVAS Healthcare, Inc.

155, Sinseong-ro, Yuseong-gu,

Daejeon, Korea 34109

Phone: +82-42-879-3000

Fax: +82-42-864-4462

Email: hims@himsintl.com

Website: www.himsintl.com

Safety Precautions

For your own safety and to protect the QBraille XL from accidental damage, please read and abide by the following safety precautions.

    1. The input voltage of the AC adapter is 100V - 240V, and the output is DC 5V / 2A.

    2. When you use the QBraille XL with the battery for the first time, the battery status may not be displayed accurately. To ensure the accuracy of the battery gauge, power on the QBraille XL and charge the unit via the AC adapter for more than four and a half hours, or leave the QBraille XL connected to the USB cable for more than ten and a half hours.

    1. Your QBraille XL needs to be handled with care. The QBraille XL is a very delicate machine. Make sure to handle the unit in a proper manner. Also, the QBraille XL is very sensitive to dust. Make sure to keep the QBraille XL away from dusty environments.

    1. The Braille cells are particularly sensitive, intricate parts. If any of the Braille cells are not working properly due to the presence of dust or any other reason, please contact our repair center, or the dealer from whom you purchased the QBraille XL for support.

    1. If you let your QBraille XL remain for a long time in a closed, high temperature environment such as inside a car on a hot summer day, the battery attached to the QBraille may malfunction or catch fire. Please keep your QBraille XL away from such environments.

    1. Do not disassemble the QBraille XL yourself. Do not have anyone else who is not authorized by HIMS take apart the QBraille XL. If an unqualified person disassembles the unit, serious damage may occur to the QBraille XL. If an unauthorized person disassembles the QBraille XL, the warranty is voided, and the unit will be excluded from any free maintenance. If any liquid or external force damages the unit, it may also be excluded from free maintenance, even if the damage occurs during the warranty period.

    1. We thank you for using the QBraille XL, and we value any comments or suggestions you have for our product. If you have any complaints or suggestions, please place your comments on our website. We will improve our product based on your comments and suggestions.

    1. This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.

Operation is subject to the following two conditions.

  1. This device may not cause harmful interference, and

  2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

This equipment can generate, use and radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation.

If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

- Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

- Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

- Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.


FCC RF Radiation Exposure Statement:

This equipment complies with FCC RF radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment. This equipment should be installed and operated with a minimum distance of 20 cm between the radiator and your body. This transmitter must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.


  • This user manual and products are protected by copyright law

  • Microsoft Windows, and the Windows Logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation United States other countries.

Copyright©2018. SELVAS Healthcare, Inc. All RIGHTS RESERVED.

This User Manual is protected by copyright belonging to SELVAS Healthcare, with all rights reserved. Information in this document is subject to change without notice. The User Manual may not be copied in whole or part, without consent from SELVAS Healthcare, Inc.

Table of contents

1. Getting Started
1.1 What is the QBraille XL?
The QBraille XL is a 40-cell Braille display developed and manufactured by SELVAS Healthcare for use by the blind and visually impaired. Its unique Hybrid keyboard allows the convenience of contracted Braille entry while offering intuitive standard QWERTY keyboard command and operation with computers, smartphones and tablets. The QBraille XL can be used to do the following:

  1. Use the QBraille XL as a Braille display/terminal for your Windows, Mac, IOS, or Android screen reader. The Perkins-style keyboard, scroll and navigation keys as well as standard QWERTY modifiers and function keys, provide the convenience of Braille input combined with the intuitive functionality of a computer keyboard.

  2. Use the built-in “Notepad” to create and edit Braille and text documents, or read BRF, RTF, DOC or DOCX and PDF files on the go.

  3. Read and Navigate text-based DAISY class materials as well as your favorite novels.

  4. Utilize several built-in utilities including Schedule Manager, Calculator, alarm/clock, stopwatch, and count-down timer.

1.2 Package

Your QBraille XL packing box should contain the following items:

  1. QBraille XL

  2. Power Adapter

  3. USB C Cable

  4. Carrying case

  5. Braille Quick Reference Guide

1.3 Hardware Specifications

1) Operating System: Windows CE 6.0

2) RAM: 256 MB

3) CPU: Samsung S5PV210

4) Battery: Lithium polymer rechargeable battery

5) Running Time: About 20 hours

6) Keyboard: 9-key Perkins-style Braille keyboard, QWERTY modifiers and function keys in their standard positions, 4 Scroll buttons, 40 cursor routing keys

7) Additional Buttons: Power button, hard reset button

8) Braille display: 40 refreshable Braille cells

9) Bluetooth: Ver.2.1+EDR

10) Interface: 1 USB-C, 1 SD slot

11) Sound: Mono speaker

12) Size: 31cm x 11.9cm x 1.8cm

1.4 Physical Orientation
To get the most from your QBraille XL, it is important to become oriented to the buttons on your QBraille XL as well as learning their functions. This section explains the physical configuration of the QBraille XL. Place the QBraille XL on a desk or table top with the Braille display nearest you. Its shape resembles a long, thin rectangular box. This section of the manual describes each side of the QBraille XL and the basic function(s) of each button.

1.4.1 Top panel

The top face of the unit contains the keyboard and Braille display. Along the front edge of the top panel are 40 refreshable Braille cells. Just above the Braille display. There are 40 small, oval-shaped buttons corresponding to each of the 40 Braille cells. These buttons are called cursor routing keys. Each 5th cursor router is marked with a dot for easier orientation. When you are editing documents, you can use these keys to route your cursor to the character of the corresponding Braille cell. When using QBraille with screen readers such as iOS and BrailleBack, cursor routers can be used to select the item under the cursor.

On each side of the Braille display are two capsule shaped keys. These are the "UP" and "DOWN" scroll keys. The scroll keys are used to scroll the Braille display through menus, fields, lists or text. You can use the scroll keys to scroll by display length or line.

The largest portion of the top face is taken up with the unique Hybrid keyboard, consisting of a 9-key Perkins Braille keyboard along with several standard QWERTY modifier and function keys, and a couple of special keys specific to QBraille.

In the center of the keyboard is a traditional Braille keyboard made up of Braille dots 1-6 as well as Space, Backspace and Enter. On the same row as the spacebar are several modifier keys, located in similar positions as they would be on a standard QWERTY keyboard. From left to right are Control, Function, Windows, Alt, Space, Alt, Applications, and Control. When using a Mac or iOS device, the bottom row functions, from left to right, as, Function, control, option, Command, Space, command, Option, and Control.

Above the Braille Keyboard, on the top row, you will find the Escape key in the top left corner, and the standard F1 to F12 keys in groups of 4 to the right, with F4, F8 and F12 tactilely marked. On the far right is a group of 6 keys arranged in 2 vertical rows of 3. These keys are equivalent to the standard 6 pack on a QWERTY keyboard. The left column, from top to bottom, contains Insert, Home and End. The right column contains Delete, Page Up, and Page down. Below these keys are the Up, Down, Left and Right arrow keys.

On the far left, below Escape and F1, is another set of 5 keys, arranged in 2 columns. Below F1, to the left of the Backspace key, from top to bottom, are located Tab, Capslock and Shift. Below Escape are 2 additional keys specific to QBraille.

Just below Escape is the Pairing key. This key is used in conjunction with other keys to perform several functions related to device connectivity, including switching to specific connections, getting information about the current connection, and accessing the Pairing List.

Below the Pairing Key is the Mode key. The Mode key allows you to switch Hybrid Mode on and off and has additional functions when used in conjunction with other keys. Please see the Connectivity section for additional information on the functions of the Pairing and Mode keys.

The LED lights are located above the arrows on the right side of the top face. The left LED light shows Bluetooth status; when Bluetooth is activated, this LED light turns blue. The right LED indicates the status of the power; when you are charging the unit, the LED turns red. When the QBraille XL is powered on, the LED turns yellow. These LED lights help a sighted person easily determine the status of the unit when working with students.

1.4.2 The Right Panel

The right panel contains 2 items. Near the rear of the unit is the SD card slot. The QBraille XL can accommodate high capacity SD cards up to 32GB.

Nearer the front of the unit is the USB C port. Use this port to charge the QBraille XL or to connect to a computer as a USB keyboard/Braille display.

1.4.3 Left Panel

The left panel contains only one button, a small, rectangular button marked with a small dot used to turn the QBraille XL on/off.

Press the power button for about 1 second to power the unit on/off.

When the unit is powered on, again, hold the Power button for about 1 second to power the unit off. If the unit is booting from a complete shutdown, press and hold the power button for a couple of seconds, until you hear a short beep and feel a vibration. “HIMS” is displayed in Braille for several seconds. Just before booting is complete “HIMS QBraille XL” is shown briefly on the Braille display, followed by the power on sound, and you are placed in the Main Menu. Generally, the QBraille”s power button brings it in and out of a kind of Sleep Mode, for instant availability and to keep the clock running. To completely power off the QBraille, press and hold the power button for at least 3 seconds.

1.4.4 Rear Panel

The rear panel of the QBraille XL contains 1 very small button. Near the right end of the rear panel is a small pin hole containing the “Hard reset” button. The “Hard reset” button is used when the unit does not respond as you expect, or when the battery is completely depleted and connecting the AC adapter doesn”t reboot the unit. You can use a toothpick or the end of a paperclip to press the “Hard reset” button. Be careful when pressing the “Hard reset” button as, if you are not careful, pressing too hard or using an end too small may damage the device.

2. Basic Functions

2.1 Power on/off

The first time you power the unit on, and subsequently, when the unit”s battery dies, or the unit has been completely shut down, you must press and hold the power button for about 3 seconds to boot the unit. You will feel a vibration, and hear a short beep, and see startup messages on the braille display. When booting is complete, the power on music sounds, and you are placed in the QBraille”s main menu, and “Notepad” is displayed.

Once booted, press the power button on the left panel for about 1 second to power the unit on/off.

2.2 How to navigate
Use the following keystrokes to navigate menus, lists, and programs on the QBraille XL:

1. Move to the next item in a menu or list:

Down arrow or Space-4

2. Move to the previous item in a menu or list:

Up arrow or Space-1

3. Move to the first item in a menu or list:

Home or Space-1-3

4. Move to the last item in a menu or list:

End or Space-4-6

5. Move to the next 40 items:

Page Down or Space-3-4-5

6. Move to the previous 40 items:

Page Up or Space-1-2-6

7. Execute program:

Enter or cursor routing key twice

8. Enter sub folder:

Enter or cursor routing key twice

9. Cancel: Esc key or Space-E

2.3 Modifier and Function keys

The QBraille XL contains a unique Hybrid keyboard that combines natural contracted Braille text entry with standard QWERTY operation of your computer, phone or tablet. Modifiers like Control, FN, Win, Alt, and Applications are located in standard positions on the same row as the Space key. The top row of the keyboard contains Escape and 12 function keys, just as a standard QWERTY keyboard. Tab, Capslock, Shift, Insert and Delete, Home and End, Page Up and Page Down and the 4 arrow keys are also present in similar positions as they would be on a standard QWERTY keyboard.

Thus, while you are able to use your natural grade of braille, your command of Windows and other operating systems does not require memorization of strange combinations of Braille and function keys unique to the screen reader you are running. For example, to close a Windows application, press “Alt-F4”. To minimize apps and go to the desktop, press Windows-M, just as you would do on a standard QWERTY keyboard.

When entering text in Braille, if using grade 1 or grade 2, text is translated internally and sent as whole words when Space or Enter is pressed.

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