Bristol Braille Technology is building Canute: world’s 1st multiline digital Braille — a 360 cell ereader for price of an iPhone

Affordable Braille is essential for blind literacy, education and employment, yet Braille use has been declining for decades due to stagnant technology. Bristol Braille Technology is building a revolutionary and radically affordable Braille ereader for blind people called Canute, designed with and by the blind community.

The Canute is the world’s first multiple line Braille ereader — forty characters per line by nine lines — and we intend to distribute it for the price of a Perkins Braille typewriter or iPhone.

That’s around £600–800; or twenty times cheaper per cell than existing digital Braille devices.

It will be an entirely new class of device to bring Braille to people who would otherwise be unable to afford anything other than bulky hard copy Braille.

We aim to release the Canute in Spring 2018.

If you think Braille literacy deserves to be affordable join our community of testers, get in contact, or contribute towards Braille literacy by sponsoring this not-for-profit project.

Why Braille?

“Two things… 1. Learn Braille. 2. Learn Braille well.”

— Peter White, BBC Radio 4, asked how a blind person should get work in radio.

Why Canute?

Why Bristol Braille?

What still needs to be done?

Fig: Bristol Braille Technology wins the 2017 Deutscher Ebook Award with Canute. Deutscher Ebook Award logo over the Canute Mk12 prototype.

Fig: Bristol Braille Technology wins the 2017 Deutscher Ebook Award with Canute. Deutscher Ebook Award logo over the Canute Mk12 prototype.

“With Bristol Braille’s Canute, you will be able to condense your braille library into one simple reading device”

Royal National Institute of Blind People

Fig: Canute Mk12 prototype being read.

Fig: Canute Mk12 prototype being read.

“Printed books are plentiful and affordable, however, Braille books are presently scarce and expensive. A reliable, affordable, and universally useful electronic Braille book reader has eluded researchers and manufacturers for decades.”

“Braille for the New Millennium” by P. Duran, D. Gipson & L. Jenkins

Fig: Canute Mk12 prototype close up on BB logo.

Fig: Canute Mk12 prototype close up on ‘BB’ logo.

AbilityNet Tech4Good Accessibility Award 2017

AbilityNet Tech4Good
Accessibility Award 2017