APH's Statement Regarding Availability of Orbit Reader 20

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Photo of Orbit Reader 20, a refreshable braille display, a small 20 cell display.

Thank you for your interest in the Orbit Reader 20. This refreshable braille display is the result of a partnership of the members of the Transforming Braille Group. Launched earlier this year, the Orbit Reader reduces the cost of refreshable braille, making it affordable to those who may not have been able to enjoy this technology previously.

As part of our quality control process, and based on feedback of some early users, we have identified some improvements in the functionality of the Orbit Reader 20. To ensure we are delivering the best product possible, we are holding on new shipments of the Orbit Reader until these changes can be incorporated into our production process. Manufacturing of these updated devices should begin shortly, and we anticipate that Orbit Readers will be available for purchase this summer.

-APH Newsletter, March 2018

Learn more about the Orbit Reader 20 here.


Posted by Diane BraunerMar 19, 2018

Hi Ian,

Paths to Technology will post again when the Orbit is available. When it is available, I'll try to find out about your purchase options. Thanks for the kind words about Paths to Technology!

Posted by Charlie SmithMay 10, 2018

I am looking to purchase an orbit reader, and am hoping that the shipments are going to be available soon.

Posted by Gery BaubertJun 05, 2018

I am ready to purchase the orbit reader. I have credit card in hand and hope I can get one this summer. I am not sure how many people are ahead of me. I'll try to be patient. This device seems like it will be a real game changer in the braille device market. I can't wait to get one and learn all about it.

Posted by ugur kayar Jul 01, 2018


i'm also excited to purchase the orbit reaader braille display. i'm also like other user thinking, that orbit reader will bring a revolution for blind and visual impaired person.
but i've two question: will it be possible to ship the orbit reader to germany?
and how i get the information when the orbit reader is available again?

Posted by Diane BraunerJul 02, 2018

Please contact APH directly about Orbit Reader questions.  Their customer service department will be able to answer questions such as whether the Orbit Reader will be available in Germany. You can reach APH via email: cs@aph.org

Paths to Technology will post any announcements about the Orbit Reader, including when it is available!