Publications

“Designing Canute with the Blind Community” by Ed Rogers, 7th of March / 22nd of May, 2016

Paper written on the 7th of May, 2016, then presented to and published by the 6th International Council for English Braille on the 22nd of May, 2016. We also demonstrated the Canute Mk9 to the attendees.

“Too often blind users find themselves as recipients of assistive technology which they get little choice over; either because it is so expensive that it is only available by a prescriptive hand-out scheme, or because the device was designed with minimal input from the wider blind community.

“This paper will explain how the Braillists’ model up-ends this entitled relationship between user and industry by entering into a partnership with technology companies from the early stages. It will describe how the Canute – a radically affordable, multi-line Braille e-reader – was co- developed by a blind community group called the Braillists and a company of sighted engineers called Bristol Braille Technology. It will argue the case for greater use of this “nothing about us without us” model in the assistive technology industry to reduce the perceived distance between those who used Braille and those who developed the technology around it.”

— Abstract, “Designing Canute with the Blind Community”

“How to Make a Braille eReader” by Dave Williams & Ed Rogers, 23rd of March, 2016

Presentation and demonstration of the Canute Mk8, given at the 31st California State University Northridge Assistive Technology Conference (CSUN16) on the 23rd of March, 2016.

“Braille readers and rehabilitation professionals will find ‘Canute’, an affordable Braille eBook reader, reshapes expectations of Braille technology by delivering a multiline Braille display built from off-the-shelf components, open source software and community engagement.”

— Extended abstract excerpt, “How to Make a Braille eReader”