WIP: Archived Information:
Quixote, Midas & assorted addendum
Midas was an entirely new type of Braille product which was developed by Bristol Braille Technology and Babel Technology CIC from 2013–2015. My mid-2015 we elected contrentrate our resources by putting the project on hold until Canute had been completed.
- Turn any flat surface into a Braille display of unlimited size.
- Cost less than £100.
- Allow people who struggle to develop the sensitivity to feel conventional Braille (or have lost the necessary sensitivity through age) to read Braille. Hopefully this will bring Braille within reach of the majority of blind people for the first time.
- Separate out learning to read Braille patterns from developing sensitivity, making it a valuable tool for learning Braille even for the young. The plan is release a number of digital learning materials specifically for the Midas platform.
The Quixote was a single line project to compete with current Braille displays. It used a parallel slider-encoder mechanism to set Braille pins in either six or eight dot format with a series of ridged sliders.
In late 2012 development of the concept described in this video (with descriptive voiceover) was taken over by a third party. Since then it has been discontinued while BBT has moved on from active development of Quixote in order to prioritise the superior and multiline Canute.
There is a discussion of the video on our old forums.
Before the foundation of the Braillists, through which we now conduct all our online discussions, Bristol Braille kept its own haphazardly maintained forums. These are still online, although now they are only used to post news items. Visit the old forums here.
We recommend the following as authoritative sources of information;
- [“World Braille Usage”, Perkins](./external_publications/world-braille-usage-third-edition.pdf“)
- Tiresias catalogue of Braille cell standards
- Brief description of Braille from the RNIB
- Tactile Revolution
Webmaster’s Thanks and Legalese
We are indebted to Ingrid Dijkers for donating the old forum’s background image, and to Kroc Camen for creating the excellent Open Source NoNonsense Forum.
All materials associated with Bristol Braille Technology Ltd., the Quixote, Canute, Midas and other projects are property of Bristol Braille Technology CIC.
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