“It's something phenomenal. I'm already in love with this, and I'm not really a Braille person. I gave up Braille many years ago but this would definitely intrigue me... I'm completely blown away by this.”
Bristol Braille Technology CIC has completed the first feature complete prototype of Canute. Canute will be the world's first multiline refreshable Braille ebook reader and will cost less than a Perkins Brailler.
It is intended that Canute will help reverse the decline in Braille literacy by bringing digital Braille within financial reach of the average user for the first time.
Genuinely affordable by individuals.
Locally repairable and servicable for decades to come, like the common bicycle.
We are a not-for-profit social enterprise part run by volunteers.
Operating out of the Bristol Hackspace, a co-operative workshop.
Supported by Pervasive Media Studio, Blatchington Court Trust, Information Technologists, Braillists, Nominet Trust, Merchant Venturers, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and others.
Why do we need to act now?
“Braille is on the verge of a global catastrophe ... My broad, conceptual proposal for saving Braille is to democratize it, to take Braille out of the hands of professionals and put it into the hands of the people ... Slash the cost of refreshable Braille.”