Demonstrations and Tests of Prototypes

Fig: Meeting of the Braillists in Bristol, 2014, during the first demonstration of the Canute Mk5. Visible figures, clockwise from speaker; Steph Tyskza, Ed Rogers, Scott Wood, Lee Sylvester, Dave Williams, Paul Sullivan, Hazel Sullivan, Elizabeth Standen, Geraldine Butler, Dave Tyler, Jen Bottom.

Fig: Meeting of the Braillists in Bristol, 2014, during the first demonstration of the Canute Mk5.
Visible figures, clockwise from speaker; Steph Tyskza, Ed Rogers, Scott Wood, Lee Sylvester, Dave Williams,
Paul Sullivan, Hazel Sullivan, Elizabeth Standen, Geraldine Butler, Dave Tyler, Jen Bottom.

We have publically demonstrated Canute to hundreds of Braille users and professionals, across the UK, Ireland and the USA. We did our first public demonstration of a Canute prototype in the summer of 2014, in Bristol, to members of the Braillists. This was the Mk5, which had four lines of twelve cells each. Since then we have done numerous public and private demonstrations.

Following very positive feedback from early Mk6 trials the device was deemed by the Braillists to be ready to be tested by users in their own homes. Over June and July 2015 BBT worked with the Bristol and Reading Braillists groups to ensure Canute units were tested by dozens of blind users in their own homes. We have repeated these home trials with the Mk9 and will begin again with the Mk10 later in 2016. Their feedback has been worked into the design of the next models.

For the Mk10 we will also be running long term tests in New College Worcester and Child Vision, Dublin. We would love to hear from other schools interested in taking part in these trials.

For us, this is not a matter of seeking publicity. We show the prototypes that don’t work as well as the ones that do, we take early concepts to meetings and ask Braille users to suggest what direction we should take with them. The Canute demos are first and foremost opportunities for the engineers to be informed by and debate with Braille users.

Please contact us to arrange a demonstration or find out when one is next scheduled. If you would like be a part of the home testing programmes please join the Braillists newsletter and forums.

Notable Canute Demonstrations in 2014

Format: Prototype model | location | audience | date

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… 2016

Testing Programmes

Format: Prototype model | testers | date

“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.”

Andre Louis, June 2015