Portset Digital Media Centre

The Portset Digital Media Centre provides the Freeview digital television and radio channels in an accessible solution. Designed for the visually impaired it provides voiced guidance and feedback with high quality speech.


For the first time it is now possible for partially sighted and blind users to obtain the full benefits of the new digital television service.

The Digital Media Centre standalone system unit incorporates front facing stereo speakers, master volume control and contrasting key controls. Connection of a suitable external aerial is all that is needed to receive the digital service.

An integral CD/DVD drive allows playing of audio CD’s, MP3, Daisy format and audio books. Options provide for playing DVD’s with or without audio described material.

The Portset Digital Media Centre provides the following capabilities for Freeview programs:

  • New User introduction audio instructions.
  • Automatic tuning of all broadcast stations at installation.
  • Finds and advises of new channels.
  • Provides Audio Description of broadcasts.
  • 7 Day program guide selectable by channel, day and time.
  • 7 day listing of audio described programs.
  • Now and next program information.
  • Pause and resume any live broadcast.
  • Record and playback of programs with internal Hard Drive* approximately 100hrs**.
  • Selection of channels by their spoken name or by their channel number.
  • Independent volume control of broadcast audio, audio description and speech system for each channel.
  • Identification of encrypted channels and off-air broadcasts.
  • Separation of Television and Radio broadcasts.
  • CD audio and MP3 together with Daisy format players.

The Portset Digital Media Centre measures 37cm wide, 10cm high and 27cm deep. The front panel incorporates a user control key unit, dual speakers, rotary master volume control, CD slot player, personal headphone connector and power on switch. The rear panel has aerial in, audio phono output and a power connector.

The CD player will play audio music CD’s, MP3, Daisy format talking books products and audio books. Book-marking of Daisy books is automatically provided and offered to the user at the next reading.

As with all of Portset’s assessable products they will be up-datable either by the supply of a special up-date CD or for hardware options our collect and return service.

These models do not provide video output and as such are license free.

** Recording capacity variable by channel and program content.

Portset reserves the right to change the Digital Media Centre specification at any time without notice.





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Braille Keyboard | BrailleKey G0/1, G2, UEB & SH

braille keyboards

The Portset BrailleKey provides an easy and simple solution for adding a Braille Keyboard to a Personal Computer, Laptop, MAC iPad, Android Tablet. BrailleKey is connected to the USB port and does not need any additional software to use. The USB lead length is 0.5m.

The case has a sloped face and a compact size of 220mm (8.6ins) wide, 111mm (4.2ins) deep, 20mm (0.7ins) front height and 40mm (1.6ins) rear height. This makes it an ideal companion to both desk-top and portable systems.

The 9 keys are arranged in a group of 6 standard Braille input keys in a line, with space, backspace delete and new line keys ergonomically located below the Braille keys. Dot 7 is produced by the new line key providing a shifted character set.

Braille Keyboard demo on YouTube with iPad YouTube Video

braille key connected to laptop

BrailleKey provides either Universal computer Braille or UK computer Braille as ASCII characters into any application as well as being a direct interface to Braille devices such as printers.
Five versions of Braille Keyboards are available G0/1 in either US or UK international character sets, a ONE_HANDED G1 the BrailleKey-G2, UEB (Unified English Braille) and Polish

NEW:Unified English Braille and Polish Versions now available. 

All Braille Keyboard versions come with Corded Commands functions

These are designed for Windows based shortcut keys, ESC, TAB, SHIFT, HOME and END.

 BrailleKey G2 & UEB are revolutionary new solutions from Portset to provide Grade 2 or UEB  Braille input to a Personal Computer, Laptop or Tablet. Not only are there the principal Braille keys but additional keys provide full cursor control and the Ctrl and Alt functions.
There are also Corded functions as above and the ability to create Grade 1 Braille. Braille Keyboards - BrailleKeyG2

The 6 Braille input keys are arranged in a standard Braille line, with space, backspace delete and new line keys ergonomically located below the Braille keys. A further lower line of keys provide on the left side, Ctrl and Alt,
while on the right side is a cluster of 4 keys giving full cursor control.

Corded functions are provided by incorporating the space bar with a key combination. For example letter A is produced by key 1 and space together. Corded Commands such as ESC or Escape key is key 4,5,6 and space together.

BrailleKey is connected to the USB port, is self registered by the operating system and does not need any drivers or software to be installed onto the computer and will act as a dual keyboard in a Windows environment. Based on British Braille, BrailleKey G2 & UEB supports contractions, groupsigns, wordsigns and shortforms to create text documents.

NOTE: When used on iPad or iPhone there will be an initial message box pop-up stating the device cannot connect, just press the OK button you will be advised by voiceover and the BrailleKey will connect. This pop-up is due to the device not realising that the device is compatible. You will need a connector cable for the USB plug on the BrailleKey to connect to the iPad or iPhone known as the Lighting OTG cable, this is normally supplied as a camera or memory connection device.


BrailleKey G0/1            £189.30

BrailleKeyG2 & UEB   £286.30

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iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or phone Wheelchair or Scooter USB Auto Charger

Wheelchair-USB-ChargerEven the most hi-tech assistive technology can rapidly become useless to a disabled person if the batteries are allowed to run down – it is a problem that many wheelchair and scooter users regularly experience if they don’t have the manual dexterity to plug a device into a re-charging unit that may be inaccessible or difficult to connect to.

Portset tackled this problem head-on, realising that each wheelchair or scooter already has a 24 volt high capacity power supply built in.

Braille Keyboard demo on YouTube with iPad YouTube Video

The Portset’s FreeRider Auto connect intelligent charger identifies the device to be charged and provides the correct charging cycle direct from your wheelchair or scooter reducing the 24 volt power of the wheelchair to the 5 volt device charging requirement.

The Portset FreeRider wheelchair USB charger is a device which simply connects to the standard wheelchair or scooter power connector and converts the 24 volts to the lower, regulated voltage required to provide charging power to smartphones, satnavs and other types of portable technology.

Devices can be charged and powered from this unit whilst on the move, thereby always maintaining full power.

Safety is always a prime consideration with Portset assistive technology products, and the USB charger uses current limiting circuits and is fully protected against short circuits.

wheelchair new

  • Dimensions: ABS case with integral USB A socket 40 x 40 x 20mm, 0.5m lead to XLR plug.
  • Input current at 24Volts =200mA for output: 5V 800mA.
  • Resettable current overload.

Price: £45.00

Patent Pending

Portset Systems Ltd reserves the right to change the specification of its products without notice. Portset is a registered trademark.

Text Reader for Visually Impaired

text reader


Personal Document-Text Reader for Visually Impaired People

  • The ideal Text Reader in a compact table model for any visually impaired person.
  • Value product with high quality British English speech.
  • Includes Portset’s Super Voice, Jane.
  • Designed as a domestic product for any non-computer user.
  • Not only will the Portset Document Reader speak your letters in privacy, but can read books, magazines, bills etc.
  • You can even retain the documents you read in the internal store or save to a USB memory stick in either text or MP3.
  • You can adjust the voices, copy documents, read both page and column documents.
  • Simple 12 keypad gives you all the facilities and allows you to read line by line, word by word or spell any letter plus a lots, lots more.
  • Integral loudspeaker and headphone supplied for that very personal reading.
  • Manual volume control.
  • Very easy to use with voiced information that guides you through all the functions and controls.

text reader for visually impaired

The Portset text reader comes to you from the inventors of the acclaimed Talking Teletext, and the only accessible Digital Freeview Television receiver. You can depend on Portset to produce quality products for the blind. 12 months guarantee including any updates. Extended warranties available.personal document reader

Advances in text recognition technology combined with Portset’s high quality speech synthesis now makes document text reading a simple task. Portset’s speech engine gives a voice of high clarity, precision and the intelligence that is necessary for such an application.

Portset has ensured that the text reader machine is simple to operate and provides features to suit a wide range of users and uses.

Portset has designed its text reader software to meet the following performance criteria:

  1. Small size of only 47cm by 26cm by 12cm deep. (18.5 x 10.5 x 4.5 inches) and weighing under 6kgs (12 lbs)
  2. The human quality speaking voice can be changed in speed of both the text voice and the reading voice separtly.
  3. A page size up to A4 (28 x 20 cm) with a font as fine as 8point can be read.
  4. Page orientation on the text reader bed is not important.
  5. Pages can be stored for reference in the text reader itself or by text copy or MP3 to a USB Pen Drive or memory stick.
  6. Speaking can be of the current document, from pages held in memory, or from text copy or MP3 on a USB pen drive.
  7. Speaking can be ‘entire page’ or of text between start and finish points selected by cursor control.
  8. The user can request repeat speaking of indistinct lines or words, or text spelling.
  9. Speaking can be paused, allowing for speaking resumption or stopped to allow a change in selection.
  10. The user can ‘scan’ forwards or backwards through a document.
  11. There is volume control for speech output which can be to the integral loudspeaker or headphone jack socket.
European and American Languages available.





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FreeRider 4 Switch iPAD Interface


The FreeRider-IPAD4 is a switch access interface device to provide for switch input to iPads and iPhones.

Using the Bluetooth communications between your device and the FreeRider interface you are able to switch control AAC applications as well as control your device.



The FreeRider iPAD Interface Unit incorporates a integral lithium ion battery which is charged via the USB connector using the supplied USB lead. Whilst charging the charging lamp is illuminated blue, when the charge is complete the lamp is extinguished. In use the FreeRider unit monitors the battery charge and when  a recharge is required the unit will give a short beep sound and flash the low battery lamp.

Connecting to the iPad Bluetooth connection is indicated by the ON/Connected lamp changing from flashing red to steady green.

You can connect up to 4 switches to your FreeRider. Each switch corresponds to a keyboard key as is listed in the table below.

Switch Key

ipadswitch4Switch with iPad and FreeRider interface device


From version  IOS7 operating system a facility in the setting menu was included for switch access.

Select the switch access menu and configure the switch control you need by remapping the FreeRider Interface switch actions to the ones you want to use in the iPad.

  • Dimensions: ABS case 111 x 75 x 25mm.
  • Battery: Lithium Ion 1A 3.7Volt.
  • Charging connection: micro USB Charging current: 200mA.
  • Illuminated indicators for Bluetooth connection, battery charging and low battery with additional audio tone warning.

Price: £149.00


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Portset Systems Ltd reserves the right to change the specification of its products without notice.

Portset  and FreeRider are registered trademarks.

Refurbished Portset Document Reader.

A previous version in good working order as a recondition product.

Price £600 excluding VAT including delivery.

As a disabled person please download and complete the VAT exemption

form for our popular Document Reader and we will call you to arrange payment and delivery.

Refurbished Portset Document Reader.

After completing the VAT exemption form please complete sign and sending it to us.

6 months return to base warranty.