Eye-Pal ROL
User Manual
Version 2.0
ABiSee, Inc.
30 Sudbury Rd., Unit 1B
Acton, MA 01720
www.abisee.com
Table of Contents
Introduction 3
What's in the Box 3
The Basics 3
Reading Cameras 3
Object Lighting 3
Speakers 4
Buttons, Controls, Connections 4
Power and Battery 7
Power Button 7
Power Indicator Light 7
Power Up 7
Standby Mode 7
Power Down 7
Checking the Battery Charge Status 8
Charging the Battery 8
Battery Replacement 8
Navigation and Settings 8
Main Menu Option List 9
Scan and Read 9
Managing Documents 11
Saving Documents and Books 11
Saving a Single-page Document 12
Saving a Multi-page Document or Book 12
Opening a Document or Book 13
Converting to Text or MP3 13
Book Navigation 13
Deleting a Document 14
Calendar/Reminders 14
Clock/Alarm Clock 15
Settings 16
Help 17
WARRANTY 18
Appendix A: Safety Rules19
Appendix B. Troubleshooting 20
Appendix C: Braille Display Information 22
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Introduction
Congratulations on choosing the Eye-Pal ROL.
ABiSee’s Eye-Pal ROL (hereafter referred to as ROL) is a portable electronic text-tospeech device for people who are blind and those with visual impairment. Enjoy
reading any printed material such as letters, newspapers and books, and hear them
read aloud in a natural-sounding voice. The device is compatible with select
refreshable Braille displays that can be connected via USB to instantly convert text to
Braille. The ROL has internal speakers, and a rechargeable, user-replaceable battery.
Complete with an alarm clock and the AudioMinder appointment reminder, the device
can also be used as a multi-tasking daily assistant. The ROL is characterized by a
contemporary design with time-tested simple controls.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact ABiSee, Inc. at 855-354-4080
or by email at support@abisee.com. We value your feedback, and hope you enjoy
using your ROL.
What's in the Box
 the ROL device (with rechargeable, user-replaceable battery installed)
 the ROL power supply (which has a rectangular piece approx. 4 inches by 2
inches by 1 inch with a cord attached)
 the ROL power cord (a cord with a big prong on one end and smaller prong on
the other)
 this user manual
The Basics
Reading Cameras
The ROL has two 5-megapixel cameras. Both cameras work simultaneously to take a
snapshot of your material. The optimal camera-viewable area is a letter/A4 paper sized
(8.5" by 11") positioned lengthwise, directly alongside the front of the ROL.
Object Lighting
Both cameras automatically provide sufficient lighting when taking a snapshot. No
additional light is needed even in a dark room.
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Speakers
Any material with printed text placed in front of the ROL will be read out loud using
built-in speakers. Alternatively, headphones or a Braille display can be plugged in, or
the Reading Mode can be set to Text Mode for those who prefer to read silently.
Position
The top of the device has a panel with a set of Daisy arrow buttons on the left side, a
large round button in the center, a volume knob on the right toward the back, and a
half-moon shaped Scan Button. The front of the device has a thumb wheel (Roller) at
the top front of each side. When setting up the ROL to scan a document, place the
ROL on a flat surface with the front of the device facing you and the top panel facing
the ceiling. It must be in this upright, flat position when scanning a document, but once
you have scanned it, you can hold the device comfortably on your lap while reading.
Buttons, Controls, Connections
The diagrams below have pictures of the device, with the first one showing the top and
front view, and second showing the left side panel. All of the buttons and controls are
labeled. Below the diagrams, each button and control is described. If you are reading
this manual using this device, please be aware that the labels on the diagram will not
be converted verbatim. A full description of each labeled item starts after each diagram.
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Top Panel Buttons:
Home Button:
A large round button in the center of the top panel. Press it anytime to get to the main
menu.
Volume knob:
Located in the upper right corner, on top of the device. Turn it clockwise to increase the
volume or counterclockwise to decrease it.
Daisy Buttons:
Found on the left side of the top panel. There is a total of five Daisy buttons: four arrow
buttons that point left, right, up and down, plus one round button centered between
them. The function of each Daisy Button is explained in the Scan and Read section.
Action Button
Located on the right side of the ROL above the Right Roller. Press it to select a desired
menu option. In Reading mode – press it to pause and resume reading.
Right Roller
Located at the ROL’s front right shoulder. Scroll it up or down to go through the menu
options. In Reading mode, use it to scroll up or down to get to the previous or next line.
Left Roller
Found at the front left shoulder. Scroll it up or down to control reading speed.
Scan Button
The Scan Button is a half-moon shaped Button located on the right on top of the device
in front of the Volume Knob. It is used to take a picture of a page you want to scan.
Back Button
Located above the Left Roller. From the Main Menu, when you select a menu option
such as Calendar or Settings, additional options are given in a sub-menu. From a submenu, press the Back Button to return to a previous menu. When trying to delete a
document or book, if you accidentally choose the wrong item to delete, when you are
prompted to confirm the deletion of the item, use the Back Button to cancel your
choice.
Additionally, the Back Button can be used in Scan and Read mode after scanning a
document to turn the camera back on for scanning the next page.
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Audio Output Socket
This 3.5 mm socket is on the front of the device in the lower left corner. It can be used
for plugging in external speakers or a headset.
Side Connections/Power Button
On the left side, toward the bottom and back, there is a set of ports aligned vertically.
The first one from the bottom is for plugging in the power supply. Just above that is a
round power button. Above that is a USB port, and above that is a second USB port.
To summarize, in general, use the Right Roller to scroll through menu items and the
Action Button to choose the menu selection. Use the Back Button when in a sub-menu
to return to the previous menu. Use the Home Button to return to the Main Menu.
Throughout this manual there are “scroll to and select” instructions for
operating different functions. In each case, you will use the Right Roller to scroll
and the Action button to select.
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Power and Battery
Power Button
The Power Button is located on the left side of the device toward the back near the
bottom, just above a small round port for the power supply.
Power Indicator Light
Located on the lower left front of the device about an inch about two inches above the
headphone jack. The light glows steady green when the device is on and blinks when it
is in standby mode. It glows red when the device is off and is being charged, and glows
orange when the device is on and is being charged.
Power Up
Press the Power Button to power up the device. The start-up process is indicated by a
series of beeps and takes approximately 90 seconds. When the ROL is ready, you will
hear: “Main Menu: Scan and Read.”
Standby Mode
When using the device on battery power, after a customized period inactivity, the ROL
goes into standby mode to consume less power. By default, standby will begin after
five minutes of inactivity. To select a different length of time you want the device to stay
awake when idle, start at the Main Menu and scroll to and select Settings, and then
select “General Settings.” Next, scroll to and select “Time Until Standby.” Scroll
through the length of time options and select your preference.
A short series of tones indicates when the device is going into this mode, and then a
blinking power indicator light indicates that the device is on standby. Press the Power
Button to wake up the ROL and return it to the active mode.
It takes about 15 seconds for the ROL to “wake up.” After a series of beeps, the device
is ready to operate. It wakes up in the same spot where it was left off going into sleep
mode. To check which menu option you are in, press the Center Daisy Button. To
return to the Main Menu, press the Home Button.
Power Down
To safely power down the device, from the Main Menu, scroll to and select Settings.
Then scroll to and select System Settings. Finally, scroll to and select Shut Down.
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Checking the Battery Charge Status
To quickly hear the battery status, press the round Center Daisy Button. An
announcement will tell you what menu screen you are in and the battery status.
The battery status is also given in the Settings sub-menu under Status. To get to the
Status menu from the Main Menu; scroll to and select “Settings.” Then scroll to and
select Status.
The ROL announces the battery charge percent that is available: “100%” means fully
charged. If the charge is below 15%, it needs to be recharged. The ROL can be used
while it is being charged.
Charging the Battery
Important: Before the first use, the ROL’s battery needs to be charged to full
capacity which can take up to four hours. To charge it, use the power supply and
power cord provided as follows: First connect the power cord end with the small prong
into the port at the end of the rectangular part of the power supply. Next, plug the
power supply cord into the power port on the ROL, which is located at the bottom of
the left side panel. Finally, plug the power supply into a power outlet.
Do not use the ROL while it is being charged for the first time. Later on, the device can
be used while it is being charged. In general, charging a depleted ROL battery to full
capacity takes approximately four hours. A fully charged ROL battery lasts for about
five hours of continued use.
For safety reasons, only use the adapter supplied for the ROL by ABiSee, Inc.
Battery Replacement
When the battery on your device has reached the end of its rechargeable life, a
replacement can be ordered either from the dealer who sold you the device or directly
from ABiSee. On the lower back side of the device, there is a battery compartment with
a cover that is attached by four small screws. To install the replacement battery,
unscrew the screws, and remove the battery. Position the new one like the original,
replace it and tighten the cover.
Navigation and Settings
This section explains Main Menu options and how to navigate through scanning and
reading and other functions. Let’s start by pressing the Home Button to get to the Main
Menu.
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Main Menu Option List
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Scan and Read
Document Management
Calendar (Includes a reminder function)
Clock (Includes an alarm function)
Settings
Help
Scan and Read
This application is used to read printed text like letters, documents, books, portions of
food packages and medicine labels, including fine print. The ROL reads printed text
aloud unless a Braille display is in use. Scanned material can be saved. Instructions for
saving are given in the Managing Documents section.
Positioning a document
The ROL can scan and read a document that fits in the 8 ½ by 11-inch field directly in
front of the device on a flat surface. Using the base of the device as a guide, place the
long side of the paper so it is aligned with the length of the base. The orientation of the
document will not influence the recognition of the text.
If you are scanning a document that is smaller than the 8 ½ by 11-inch field, for best
results, place a blank sheet of 8 ½ by 11-inch paper in the scanning area and lay your
smaller document on top of that. For smaller documents, it works better to place it
toward the right side of the scan field rather than in the center of the blank page.
Scanning and Reading Printed Material
This section gives directions for Scanning and Reading documents to be read aloud. If
you prefer to read using a refreshable Braille display, please refer to Appendix C.
Scanning and Reading without a Braille Display:
Turn on the ROL with the Power Button. After the beeps, you will hear: “Main Menu:
Scan and Read.” Press the Action button to select the Scan and Read option. The
camera light will automatically turn on by default. If you are near a window with bright
sun and there is too much light, you can turn the light off by pressing the Daisy down
arrow. You will hear, “Light Off.” Press the same button again to turn the light back on
when desired.
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Position your document as described above. Press the Scan Button once – you will
hear a shutter sound. The ROL will start reading the text almost immediately after that.
Do not press any other buttons until the device starts reading, as it will interrupt the
scanning/reading process.
Please note: If you are scanning a small object with fine print, place it under the right
camera only and, when pressing the scan button, hold the scan button for two seconds
before releasing it to achieve the best focus.
Reading Speed:
To temporarily control the speed in which the document is read aloud, simply scroll the
Left Roller up or down. The reading speed can also be set through the Settings menu.
To change and set the Reading speed from the Settings, begin at the Main Menu.
Scroll to and select Settings. Next, scroll to and select General Settings. Then, scroll to
and select Reading Speed. Next, scroll between the speed values from 1 (the slowest)
to 10 (the fastest). Stop at the speed value you prefer and set it with the Action Button.
Voice/Language:
To adjust the setting for your preferred reading voice or language, from the Main Menu,
scroll to and select Settings. Then, scroll to and select General Settings. Next, scroll to
and select Reading Voice.* Then, scroll through available language/voice
combinations and select your preference.
The reading language and language of the document need to match in order for the
text recognition to be accurate.
*Please note: There is also a setting that is labeled Voice rather than Reading Voice.
The Voice setting is to choose the voice that will be used for announcing Menu options
and prompts on the device, whereas the Reading Voice will be the language of the
content you are reading.
To Navigate Through Text:
The five Daisy Buttons and Right Roller are used for text navigation.
 Press the left or right arrow button to, respectively, move to the previous or
next word.
 Press the up or down arrow buttons to, respectively, move to the previous or
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next paragraph.
Press and hold the Daisy Center Button while repeatedly pressing the right
arrow button to spell out the next word.
Press and hold the Daisy Center Button while repeatedly pressing the left
arrow button to spell out the previous word.
Scroll up or down with the Right Roller to move, respectively, to the previous or
next line.
Press the up and down arrow buttons simultaneously to hear the orientation of
the document.
Press the left and right arrow buttons simultaneously to switch between
column mode and table mode.
Press the Action Button to pause or resume reading. Alternatively, you can set the
Center Daisy Button Mode to pause/resume in Settings, to use that.
Tables and Spreadsheets:
By default, the ROL will recognize text columns as separate pages. To disable the
column recognition in order to accurately read tabulated text, press and hold the left
and right arrow Buttons simultaneously until you hear "Switched to table mode." Press
the same two Buttons again to switch back.
Reading tall food packaging:
Tall food packages, such as a cracker box, can be read as long as the top of the
package does not come closer than four inches from the camera lens. For packages
where the entire dimension of the box is four inches or less, place the package under
the right camera only. When placing a package, press and hold the Scan Button for
three seconds - that way the camera will bring the item into sharp focus before taking a
picture.
Managing Documents
Saving Documents and Books
The ROL allows you to save single-page documents, multi-page documents and
books. Documents and books can be saved internally or on a USB external memory
device (flash drive). When following the steps for saving documents, if a flash drive is
plugged in, the documents will be saved on it. If there is not a flash drive plugged in, it
will be saved internally.
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Please note: Scanned documents being saved via Scan and Read mode can only be
saved internally. If you want to save a document to a flash drive, you must do this via
the Document Management mode.
If you would like to convert the documents or books you are saving to txt format that
can be edited on a computer, or if you would like to convert saved material to an MP3
file so you can listen to the file on different player, save your material to a USB flash
drive.
Please note: To use a USB flash drive to save or retrieve documents, power up the
device and wait until you hear “Main Menu. Scan and Read,” before inserting the flash
drive into the device’s USB port.
Saving a Single-page Document
To start saving a single-page document that you have positioned, select Scan and
Read from the Main Menu. Next, press the Scan Button. After the Ace starts reading
the text, press and hold the Action Button, then press the Back Button. Two options will
be displayed:
 Save with Voice Label
 Save without Voice Label
To save the document with a voice label, select the first option with the Action
Button. You will hear: “Press Action Button to Record.” After pressing the Action Button
again, speak your preferred label after the short beep, and then press the Action button
when finished. The voice label will be played back and you will then hear, “Confirm
Save.” If you are satisfied with your recording, press the Action Button, and you will
hear an announcement with the first line of the document that the document has been
saved. If you were not satisfied with the voice label you recorded, press the Back
Button to be prompted to record again.
To save a single-page document without a voice label, select the second option.
The name of the saved document will be the first line of text. If the document does not
resume reading on its own, press the Action Button to resume reading.
An alternative method of saving single-page documents is to go directly to Document
Management from the Main Menu before scanning your page. After selecting
Document Management from the Main Menu, select Management. Next, select “Save.”
Then, either select “Save Page with Voice Label,” or scroll to and select “Save Page
Without Voice Label,” and follow the prompts.
Saving a Multi-page Document or Book
When saving lengthy material, you may want to keep your device connected to a
power outlet to make sure your battery doesn’t run low mid-stream. To start saving a
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multi-page document or book, select Document Management from the Main Menu.
Next, select Management, and then select Save. Scroll to the “Save Book” option and
select it. You will hear, “Press Action Button to Record.” Speak the label you would like
to name your multi-page document or book, and press the Action Button when finished.
Press the Action Button to confirm if you are satisfied with the label or, to re-record it,
press the Back Button and then select “Save Book” again to repeat the process. Once
you have recorded your label, you will hear, “Press Scan Button to Add a Page.”
To begin adding pages to your multi-page document or book, place the first page you
want to scan under the camera and press the Scan Button. After the shutter sound, you
will hear, “The page has been saved. Press Scan button to add a page.”
Position your next page and press the scan button, repeating until you have scanned
all the pages you wish to save in your multi-page document or book, and then press
the Action Button. You can then press the Home Button to return to the Main Menu if
you want to enter a new mode.
Opening a Document or Book
To open a previously saved single-page document or book that has been saved on the
device, begin at the Main Menu and select Document Management. A list of your
saved books and documents will be displayed. Scroll to and select the item you want to
open. Your document or book will appear on the screen and will be read aloud.
To open items that have been saved on a USB flash drive, begin at the Main Menu,
and insert the drive. Scroll to and select Document Management and follow the
instructions in the previous paragraph.
Converting to Text or MP3
To convert a document or book you have saved on a USB flash drive, insert the flash
drive on which you saved the material. Scroll to and select Document Management,
and then select Management. Scroll to and select Convert. Scroll to and select the
document or book you’d like to convert. You will hear “Convert to Text.” If you would
like to convert to text, press the action button. If you would like to convert to MP3, scroll
down to “Convert to MP3” and select it. You will hear “Converting Document.” Wait until
you hear “Document has been converted.”
You can now remove the USB flash drive and open the converted document on
another device.
Book Navigation
While reading a saved book, use the same method for navigating through text that was
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explained above in the Scan and Read Section, with these exceptions:
 Press the Down arrow to go to the next page. You will hear, for example:
“Opening page three of three.”
 Press the Up arrow to go to the previous page. You will hear, for example:
“Opening page two of three.”
Deleting a Document
To delete a previously saved document or book, from the Main Menu, scroll to and
select Document Management. Next, select Management. Scroll to and select
“Delete.” Scroll to and select the item you’d like to delete. You will hear, “Are you sure
you want to delete this document?” If you are sure, press the Action Button, or, if it is
not the item you want to delete, press the Back Button to reselect.
Calendar/Reminders
The calendar application allows you to create reminders for yourself using your voice.
You can create a new reminder for today or any future date and set the exact time
when you want to hear the reminder. You can also choose to set the reminder as a
One-time Reminder or a Daily Reminder.
When the time for a reminder arrives, you will hear a musical chime to alert you. You
can then select “Listen to Reminder” to hear the recording or press the Home Button to
return to the Main Menu.
If you have walked out of the room and did not hear the chime when it initially sounded,
it will chime every 15 minutes until you either listen to the reminder or return to the
Main Menu.
The calendar sub-menus will give you the choice to listen to, change or delete existing
reminders and to add reminders. To use the calendar function, select “Calendar” from
the Main Menu. You will hear the current date. (If this date is not correct, it can be
changed in the Settings Menu/Systems Settings sub-menu). By selecting the Calendar
function, you will come to a sub-menu of the following options:
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Today
Add Reminder
One-Time Reminders
Daily Reminders
All Reminders by Day
Details of sub-menu options:
Today: Gives current date. If you select “Today,” you will be given the choice to “Add
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Reminder” for the current date, or to scroll through the times of existing reminders for
the day. If you select Add Reminder, you will be prompted to scroll to select the time for
the reminder. Use the Left Roller to change the hour and the Right Roller to change the
minute. Press the Action Button to confirm the time. Press the action button again to
record your reminder, and press it one more time when you’re done recording. Your
recording may be no longer than 30 seconds. The time of the reminder you just set for
the current date will now be stored in the list of the current date’s reminders (or will be
stored alone if there are no other reminders for the current date). By selecting a time
listed under the Today option, you will then be given the choice to Listen to Reminder,
Delete Reminder or Change Reminder. Select your choice and follow the voice
prompts.
Add Reminder: Gives choice of adding a One-Time or Daily reminder. For a One-Time
reminder, select a date using the Left Roller to change the month and the Right Roller
to change the day of the month. Press the Action Button to confirm the selected day.
Next, select the time using the Left Roller to change the hour, the Right Roller to
change the minutes, and the Action Button to set it. You will be prompted to press
Action Button to record. Record your reminder and press the Action Button when
finished. When choosing to set a Daily reminder, you will be prompted to set a start
date and end date for the reminder and then the time.
One-Time Reminders: Provides the option to select and hear/read dates and times for
All One-Time Reminders, One-Time Reminders for the Next 7 Days, or One-Time
Reminders for the next 31 Days. By selecting a particular date and time, you will then
be given the option to Listen to Reminder, Delete Reminder or Change Reminder.
Daily Reminders: Provides the option to hear/read a list of times for all Daily
Reminders, By selecting a particular time, you will then be given the option to Listen to
Reminder, Delete Reminder or Change Reminder.
All Reminders By Date: Gives the option to select any specific date and hear/read
times of all reminders (both one-time and repeating) for that date. Selecting a time will
bring up the option to Listen to Reminder, Delete Reminder or Change Reminder.
Please note: For best sound quality on your voice recordings, record using battery
power only. If your device is plugged in, you can just briefly unplug it for your recording
and then plug it back in afterward.
Clock/Alarm Clock
Select Clock from the Main Menu to hear the current day/time. To set the alarm time
and access the set alarm mode functions, press the Action Button. To set the alarm
time, select alarm time and use the Left Roller to change the hour, the Right Roller to
change the minutes, and press the action button. Next, scroll to and select either One
Time Alarm, Daily Alarm, or Off. If you want to turn off a previously set alarm, from the
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clock menu, scroll to Set Alarm Mode and scroll to and select Off.
Please Note: If the current day/time is not correct, the day and time can be adjusted
from System Settings. To do this, from the Main Menu, scroll to and select Setttings,
and then, scroll to and select System Settings. Next, scroll to and select Set Time and
Date. To change the time, scroll to and select Set Time. Use the Left Roller to adjust
the hour and use the Right Roller to adjust minutes. When you get to the correct time,
press the Action Button. To change the date, scroll to Set Date. Use the Left Roller to
adjust the month; the Right Roller to adjust the date. Set it with the Action Button.
To change the clock from 12 to 24 hour mode, from the Main Menu, scroll to and select
Settings. Next, select General Settings and scroll to and select Time Format. Scroll to
and select your preference of 12 hour or 24 hour format.
Settings
The following options are available:
General Settings
Reading Speed
Voice (select male or female voice and language for the voice of Menus
and Prompts)
Reading Voice (select voice/language for material being read by device)
Center Daisy Button Mode
Time Format
Grade 2 Braille
Braille Word Wrap
Enable Additional Voice Guidance
Time Until Standby
Status:
Battery
Version
Model
Serial Number
System Settings
Customize Main Menu
Upgrade Software (When new software versions are released, they can be
obtained from ABiSee, Inc. or your local dealer and can be installed by
selecting this setting)
Set Time and Date
Go to Sleep (Use this to put the device in standby mode without waiting)
Shut Down (Use this to safely power down the device)
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Help
Select the Help option from the Main Menu to hear a detailed description of the ROL
functionality and the function of each button. You can interrupt the Help talk by
pressing any Button, and the ROL will explain the function of the selected Button. If
you press the Home Button, it will bring you to the Main Menu.
If you want continual voice instruction as you navigate through menu options, you can
“Enable Additional Voice Guidance” by choosing Setting from the Main Menu and then
choosing General Settings. Next scroll to and select “Enable Additional Voice
Guidance,” and scroll to and choose “Yes.”
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WARRANTY
TWO YEAR WARRANTY ON ALL ABISEE, INC. PRODUCTS:
ABiSee, Inc. warrants to the original purchaser that its products are free
from defects in materials and workmanship (with exception of the battery)
for two years from the date of purchase. The battery is warrantied against
defectiveness for nine months from the date of purchase. This warranty
does not cover accidental damage, misuse, improper care or alteration, acts
of God - such as floods and earthquakes, any products whose mechanical
serial number or electronic serial number has been removed, altered or
defaced, or damage from exposure to moisture, humidity, excessive
temperatures (outside the range of 55-86 degrees F) or extreme
environmental conditions. Coverage terminates if the original purchaser
sells or otherwise transfers the product.
To report a warrantied defect, please contact your local distributor or
ABiSee, Inc. Please include your email and telephone number so that we
may contact you. If, after inspection, we find that the product is defective in
materials or workmanship, we shall, at no charge to you, repair or replace
the product at our discretion, and return the product to you. You are
responsible for shipping costs to ABiSee, Inc. but there is no charge for the
inspection or the return postage.
This warranty excludes claims for incidental or consequential damages in
connection with the warranty problem. Some jurisdictions do not allow the
exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above
limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you
specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights, which vary from
state to state.
To obtain warranty service, a warranty card must have been filled out and
mailed back to ABiSee, Inc. ABiSee, Inc. sells only through authorized
distributors. Online auction confirmations are not accepted for warranty
verification, and ABiSee, Inc. will not replace missing components from any
package purchased through an online auction or any other unauthorized
source. ABiSee, Inc. retains the exclusive right to either repair or replace
the unit with a refurbished unit or new unit at its sole discretion. The same
policy shall apply to software.
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Appendix A: Safety Rules
 Handle the ROL with care. Rough handling will damage the device.
 Use only the Power Adapter that comes with the ROL.
 Do not open the ROL (except for the battery compartment) under any
circumstances; it will void the warranty. Contact ABiSee or your dealer for
service if necessary.
 Do not expose the ROL to excessive heat or direct sunlight to avoid risk of
fire.
 Do not use the ROL near inadequately shielded medical devices.
 To avoid risk of electrical damage, keep your ROL away from water or fluid
chemicals.
 To clean the device, always unplug it first. Use a soft fabric with no
chemicals or abrasives to clean the ROL, and only clean the exterior of the
device.
 When storing the device, do not put any heavy items on top of it.
Use the ROL only as it is described in this manual. Warranty will be voided if the
device is used with violations of these rules.
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Appendix B. Troubleshooting
When turning on the ROL, make sure no flash drives are plugged into the
device.
Troubleshooting: Power/battery/connections
1. If the ROL does not respond to any Button or Roller:
 Make sure the battery is charged. If the battery is empty, connect the
power adaptor to charge the battery.
 If the battery is fully charged, but the device stopped responding to any
Button, turn the device off, then on again.
2. If the adaptor does not power the ROL:
 Check the connections. Make sure the power adaptor is firmly connected
to the ROL and to the power outlet, and that the cord from the wall outlet is
firmly connected to the rectangular box on the power adapter cord.
 If the adaptor still does not power the unit, contact ABiSee or your ABiSee
distributor.
3. If the battery does not power the ROL:
 The battery may need to be charged. Connect the power adaptor to
charge the battery.
 If the battery is not charging and your power supply is working, you can
order a new battery from ABiSee, Inc.
Troubleshooting: Scan and Read Application
1. If the text you are reading does not make sense:
 Do not stress the Scan Button. Press it and wait for the shutter sound.
 Make sure your reading language is the same as the language of your
document.
 Switch to/from table and column reading mode.
2. If the text recognition takes unusually long before starting to read your
document or it is not accurate:
 Make sure your reading language is the same as the language of your
document.
 Place a document, leave it still and make sure that there is nothing
between the cameras and the document.
 Press the Scan Button just once and wait for the shutter sound.
 Do not stress the Daisy keys during the OCR process; wait until OCR is
done before you navigate through the text.
3. Upon scanning a document, if you are not getting an accurate read, or
if the OCR process is not beginning and you only hear multiple beeps:
Try turning the camera light off with the Daisy down arrow, and then re-scan the
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document. The need for the camera light to be turned off usually occurs if you
are scanning a glossy document or the device is near a window where very
bright sunlight is shining through. The Daisy down arrow will need to be pressed
after you have selected the Scan and Read mode with the Action Button.
Troubleshooting: Calendar Application
1. If you do not hear the reminder after you finished your recording:
 Increase the volume by turning the Volume Knob clockwise.
 Make sure that when you are talking you are close to the front of the
device.

2. If you think that you did not hear the reminder you have entered at the
right date/time:
 Make sure that the device had been turned on and was charged.
 Go to the Main Menu, and select Calendar. Use the Right Roller to scroll to
All Reminders, and press the Action Button to select. Check whether the
expected reminder exists. It is most likely that the reminder has not been
scheduled for the time you tried to hear it.
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Appendix C: Braille Display Information
Part A: Using a refreshable Braille display with the ROL
(See Part B of Appendix C for details on supported Braille displays and
information on which control on each particular display corresponds to which
control on the ROL).
Before using your Braille display, if you want to use Grade 2 Braille, you need to
turn this feature on in General Settings as described below. (By default Grade 2
Braille is set to off). Also, if you want to disable word wrapping to allow more
characters per line, you can turn Word Wrap to off in the Settings.
To adjust your settings, start from the Main Menu, scroll to and select Settings.
Next select General Settings. Scroll to and select Grade 2 Braille. Then, scroll to
and select “On.” You will be returned to the Settings menu options. If you want to
turn Word Wrap off, scroll to and select Braille Word Wrap, and then select Off.
Next, connect the Braille display to one of the USB ports on the ROL. Wait 1030 seconds for the Braille display to start, depending on your display.
To use a Braille display without adjusting the settings first, power on the ROL
and wait until it is fully booted and you hear “Scan and Read,” before connecting
the display. The Braille display should start within 10-30 seconds.
Next, choose the Scan and Read menu option from the Main Menu. To take a
picture, press the Scan button. It will start reading aloud. When scanning a
document using the Scan button on the Braille display, there is no voice output.
If you use the Scan button on the ROL, it will behave as it normally does, but will
stop reading aloud if you scroll the Braille display.
Use the buttons on your Braille display to navigate through the text (read
Appendix C part B for details on your particular display). The cursor will follow
along as you read. The ROL will not, however, read aloud if you are reading the
text using the panning buttons (sometimes called Back and Advance) on the
Braille display.
Please note: If you are doing a quick check of the battery status by pressing the
Center Daisy Button, and you are using a Braille display, once you press the
Center Daisy Button on the ROL, you can use the Right Roller or equivalent
controls on your Braille display to scroll to the battery status and the Network
Status. Once you have read the status, you can press the Back Button (or
equivalent) to return to the screen you were on.
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Part B: Supported Braille Displays and Control Details
This section has a picture of each of the supported Braille displays with the
buttons labeled. After each diagram, there is a table that lists each control on the
ROL in the first column, followed by the corresponding control on the Braille
display in the second column. If you are scanning and reading this manual, you
will need to press the left and right Daisy arrows at the same time to switch to
table mode in order to hear the information in the correct order.
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Freedom Scientific Focus 14
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Table of corresponding controls for the Freedom Scientific Focus 14
Control on ROL :
Control on Braille Display.
Right Roller Up:
Right NAV Rocker Up.
Right Roller Down:
Right NAV Rocker Down.
Left Roller Up:
Left NAV Rocker Up.
Left Roller Down:
Left NAV Rocker Down.
Action:
Right Mode Button.
Back:
Left Mode Button.
Scan:
Right Selector Button.
Home:
Left Selector Button.
Function:
Control on Braille Display.
Pan Display Left:
Left Panning Button.
Pan Display Right:
Right Panning Button.
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ALVA BC640
Table of corresponding controls for the ALVA BC640
Control on ROL :
Control on Braille Display.
Right Roller Up:
Smartpad Up or Thumb Key 2.
Right Roller Down:
Smartpad Down or Thumb Key 3.
Left Roller Up:
F4 + Smartpad Left.
Left Roller Down:
F4 + Smartpad Right.
Action:
Smartpad Right.
Back:
Smartpad Left.
Scan:
Center thumb key.
Home:
F2.
Volume Down:
F4 + Smartpad Down.
Volume Up:
F4 + Smartpad Up.
Function:
Control on Braille Display.
Pan Display Left:
Thumb Key 1.
Pan Display Right:
Thumb Key 4.
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APH Refreshabraille 18
Table of corresponding controls for the APH Refreshabraille 18
Control on ROL :
Control on Braille Display.
Right Roller Up:
Joystick Up or SPACE+1.
Right Roller Down:
Joystick Down or SPACE+4.
Left Roller Up:
SPACE+1+2.
Left Roller Down:
SPACE+4+5.
Action:
SPACE+8.
Back:
SPACE+1+5 (E-chord) or SPACE+7.
Scan:
Joystick Press or SPACE+2+3+4 (Schord).
Daisy Center:
SPACE+3+4 (ST-chord).
Daisy Left:
SPACE+3.
Daisy Right:
SPACE+6.
Daisy Up:
SPACE+1+2+3 (L-chord).
Daisy Down:
SPACE+4+5+6.
Home:
SPACE+1+2+3+4+5+6 (FOR-chord).
Volume Down:
SPACE+2+3.
Volume Up:
SPACE+5+6.
Function:
Control on Braille Display.
Pan Display Left:
Left Bar or Joystick Left.
Pan Display Right:
Right Bar or Joystick Right.
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HIMS Braille Edge 40
Table of corresponding controls for the HIMS Braille Edge 40
Control on ROL :
Control on Braille Display.
Right Roller Up:
Up on either directional pad or
SPACE+1.
Right Roller Down:
Down on either directional pad or
SPACE+4.
Left Roller Up:
SPACE+1+2.
Left Roller Down:
SPACE+4+5.
Action:
SPACE+8.
Back:
SPACE+1+5 (E-chord) or SPACE+7.
Scan:
SPACE+2+3+4 (S-chord).
Daisy Center:
SPACE+3+4 (ST-chord).
Daisy Left:
SPACE+3.
Daisy Right:
SPACE+6.
Daisy Up:
SPACE+1+2+3 (L-chord).
Daisy Down:
SPACE+4+5+6.
Home:
SPACE+1+2+3+4+5+6 (FOR-chord).
Volume Down:
SPACE+2+3.
Volume Up:
SPACE+5+6.
Function:
Control on Braille Display.
Pan Display Left:
Back.
Pan Display Right:
Advance.
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Baum SuperVario2 40 / Humanware/PDI Brailliant 40
Table of corresponding controls for the Baum SuperVario2 40 and
Humanware/PDI Brailliant 40
Control on ROL :
Control on Braille Display.
Right Roller Up:
1.
Right Roller Down:
4.
Left Roller Up:
1+2.
Left Roller Down:
4+5.
Action:
1+5 (E).
Back:
1+3+4+6 (X).
Scan:
2+3+4 (S).
Daisy Center:
3+4 (ST).
Daisy Left:
3.
Daisy Right:
6.
Daisy Up:
1+2+3 (L).
Daisy Down:
4+5+6.
Home:
1+2+3+4+5+6 (FOR).
Volume Down:
2+3.
Volume Up:
5+6.
Function:
Control on Braille Display.
Pan Display Left:
2.
Pan Display Right:
5.
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Humanware Brailliant bi40
Table of corresponding controls for the Humanware Brailliant bi40
Control on ROL :
Control on Braille Display.
Right Roller Up:
SPACE+1 or Left.
Right Roller Down:
SPACE+4 or Right.
Left Roller Up:
SPACE+1+2.
Left Roller Down:
SPACE+4+5.
Action:
SPACE+8.
Back:
SPACE+1+5 (E-chord) or SPACE+7.
Scan:
SPACE+2+3+4 (S-chord).
Daisy Center:
SPACE+3+4 (ST-chord).
Daisy Left:
SPACE+3.
Daisy Right:
SPACE+6.
Daisy Up:
SPACE+1+2+3 (L-chord).
Daisy Down:
SPACE+4+5+6.
Home:
SPACE+1+2+3+4+5+6 (FOR-chord).
Volume Down:
SPACE+2+3.
Volume Up:
SPACE+5+6.
Function:
Control on Braille Display.
Pan Display Left:
Up.
Pan Display Right:
Down.
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