About Bristol Braille Technology & our Partners

Timeline of BBT’s development | Our community | Our ethos | Our publications | Archive of past projects

Bristol Braille Technology is a Social Enterprise working from the Bristol Hackspace. We’ve been building the Canute for six years.

Some of the team are engineers, designers, others specialise in supporting accessible products. We’ve been funded by and have worked with many excellent organisations from across the world. All of us are here to develop a radical technological solution to the problem of declining Braille illiteracy.

The Canute Team

Most came through either the Hackspace or the Braillists. Everyone on the team is deeply committed to see the project through to completion and have often volunteered their labour when the project was struggling.

Arranged by date of association. Format: Name | background | date of first association | Role

Partners and Sponsors

We are proud to be working with and funded by many excellent organisations.

Format: Name | date of first association | nature of relationship

The Braillists Foundation

From the beginning of the project, Bristol Braille Technology has worked closely with the Braillists – a global community of hundreds of daily Braille users – and as such, Canute has been designed ground up collaboratively with individuals who use Braille in their day-to-day lives.

The Braillists has an organising committee called the Hub, whose members acts as Trustees;

Previous Canute Team Members

Previous Midas Team (Babel Technology CIC)

Previous Quixote Project and Pre-Quixote Teams

Previous Partners and Sponsors

Favoured Suppliers

Thanks

Particular thanks must go to the redoubtable N Krishnaswamy, who is sadly no longer with us, the endlessly patient Keith Shaw, and all 480+ Braillists. Without the encouragement and criticism of these people Bristol Braille Technology would never have reached the stage it is at now, or, indeed, have got anywhere at all.

Fig: Christmas 2016 team photo. Front, left to right: Nic Marshall with Canute Mk8; Sasha Welsh Donaldson with Mk11.1; Russ Couper with Mk11.2. Back, left to right: Jonny Taphouse; Jon Pillai with Mk11 Proof of Concept; Jonathan Allen with Mk7; Jonny Taphouse; Jasmine Butt with Mk6 Proof of Concept; Kaspar Bumke with Mk11.3; Jonny Taphouse; Ed Rogers with Mk6.1

Fig: Christmas 2016 team photo. Front, left to right: Nic Marshall with Canute Mk8; Sasha Welsh Donaldson with Mk11.1; Russ Couper with Mk11.2. Back, left to right: Jonny Taphouse; Jon Pillai with Mk11 Proof of Concept; Jonathan Allen with Mk7; Jonny Taphouse; Jasmine Butt with Mk6 Proof of Concept; Kaspar Bumke with Mk11.3; Jonny Taphouse; Ed Rogers with Mk6.1

Pervasive Media Studio

Pervasive Media
Studio

Bristol Hackspace

Bristol Hackspace

Information Technologists

Information
Technologists

HMG’s Regional Development Fund

HMG’s Regional
Development Fund

Nominet Trust

Nominet Trust

National Council for the Blind of Ireland

National Council for
the Blind of Ireland

ChildVision

ChildVision

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Paul Hamlyn
Foundation

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Winston Churchill
Memorial Trust

New College Worcester

New College Worcester

Clovernook Center

Clovernook
Center

Esmée Fairbairn

Esmée Fairbairn

Comic Relief

Comic Relief

Fig: Canute Mk8 team photo, February 2016. Front, left to right: Russ Couper and Nic Marshall with Canute Mk8. Back, left to right: Ed Rogers; Kaspar Bumke; Jasmine Butt; Matt Venn; Jon Pillai; Jonny Taphouse.

Fig: Canute Mk8 team photo, February 2016. Front, left to right: Russ Couper and Nic Marshall with Canute Mk8. Back, left to right: Ed Rogers; Kaspar Bumke; Jasmine Butt; Matt Venn; Jon Pillai; Jonny Taphouse.