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2015 Pitch@Palace video of Ed Rogers explaining Canute

Canute in the Media

“The Bristol Braille Canute”,
with Steven Scott, RNIB Tech Talk podcast, 27th of March, 2017

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

“The Bristol Braille Canute”

“Canute Brailler and Amit Patel’s camera-carrying guide dog”,
with Peter White, In Touch, BBC Radio 4, 10th of January, 2017

Ed Rogers demonstrated the Canute to Peter White;

“The Canute is the latest development in refreshable multi-line Braille and is demonstrated by Ed Rogers from Bristol Braille Technology.

“Sean Randall is a teacher at Worcester New College where the Canute has been tested by students. Sean talks to Peter about its pros and cons.”

“Canute Brailler, In Touch”

“New Braille reader will help New College Worcester pupils with job prospects”,
by Alicia Kelly, Worcester News, January, 2017

“SCHOOLCHILDREN from New College Worcester have tried out a new multi-line Braille eReader.

“The youngsters were able to see how the machine, called Canute, could allow up to nine lines of Braille on a single display.

“The development is important because previously digital Braille displays have cost thousands of pounds and only showed a single line at a time.

“The new eReader will hopefully help improve literacy skills for pupils at the College, which caters for those who are blind or visually impaired.”

“New Braille reader will help New College Worcester pupils with job prospects”

“Ed joins us to talk about Bristol Braille Technology”
VI Talk Podcast, 3rd of December, 2016

“Ed joins us to talk about Bristol Braille Technology”

“Meeting groups in Bristol for Braille Enthusiasts”,
Vision South West, Action for Blind People, December, 2016

“A community group called the Braillists meets regularly in the Watershed, Bristol, to test out new technology, learn about Braille resources and advocate for greater Braille provision. Founded in 2014 it now has over 240 members across the country, with the Bristol group one of the most active.

“They have worked with transcribers, Braille libraries and New College Worcester. One of their most exciting projects is a radically more affordable multiline Braille e-reader called Canute, being developed by Bristol Braille Technology for under £600. The Braillists help test and design the Canute as co-developers.”

“Meeting groups in Bristol for Braille Enthusiasts”

“Turning the tide: Canute – the world’s first affordable multiline Braille ebook reader”
A2i, November, 2016

“The soon-to-be-launched Canute is an affordable digital Braille reader and heralds the start of the democratisation of Braille literacy, increasing opportunities for tactile reading.”

“Turning the tide: Canute – the world’s first affordable multiline Braille ebook reader”

“This New System will Help the Blind to Read”
by Freddie Dawson, Forbes, 25th of October, 2016

“Bristol Braille Technology (BBT) is a UK startup run as a not-for-profit. It is developing Canute, a digital Braille reader capable of displaying multiple lines at the same time.

“BBT hopes to bring Canute – currently in its tenth prototype – to market next year. It is a unique product that represents a different approach to literacy and wider learning amongst the sight impaired community.”

“This New System will Help the Blind to Read”

“Canute: Using Braille to make ‘Kindles for blind people’”
by Kittle Knowles, The Memo, 10th of October, 2016

“Canute is for anyone: that includes blind adults and children, and people who are going blind and wish to learn Braille pre-emptively.

“Rogers wants to see it rolled out in schools and in public places where information is displayed and updated – such as libraries, theatres, bus and train stations.”

“The Canute is an Open Source design, so developers can extend its functionality to different needs and requirements.

““We intend to play our part in reversing the decline in Braille literacy,” says Rogers.”

“Canute: Using Braille to make ‘Kindles for blind people’”

“Bringing Braille Brack from the Brink”
by Ann Burke, Bristol Cable, 9th Edition

“Braille literacy has been in dramatic decline. Yet in Bristol, users and innovators are joining forces to create technology to save it.

“Braille is an incredibly powerful tool for control over your life and for employment. Braille is essential to literacy for visually impaired people and for so many practical, day-to-day tasks.”

— Paul Sullivan

“That’s the view of Paul Sullivan, an engagement officer at Bristol Museum and lifelong braille user. He’s passionate about braille literacy and is a founding member of the Braillists, a community of users and advocates with branches in Bristol, Reading and Dublin.

“The group came together when they were invited to product-test an exciting new device. Developed by community interest company Bristol Braille Technology, the Canute is essentially a braille e-book reader with a refreshable display, which can read and convert files from a USB stick.”

“Bringing Braille Brack from the Brink”

“CSUN 2016 Conference Ushers in ‘The Year of Braille’”
by Shelly Brisbin, AFB AccessWorld, April 2016 Issue

“If this year’s International Technology and Persons with Disability Conference (CSUN)–held March 23 to March 26 in San Diego, California–was any guide, braille is making a comeback, and users will soon have a number of new hardware options to choose from, in several price ranges.

“Another entry in the reduced-cost braille sweepstakes is Bristol Braille’s Canute, a multi-line device that the developers hope can become a ‘Kindle for blind people.’ The Mk8 prototype, available for hands-on demos at CSUN, is about the size of a desktop scanner, and features eight lines of 32 braille cells each. That’s 256 cells per page, at a cost estimated by Bristol Braille of $4 per cell. The Canute isn’t a braille display, but a reading oriented device to which you add BRF files via USB. The multi-line design makes the device an interesting option for viewing tabular information such as a calendar, or computer code.”

“CSUN 2016 Conference Ushers in ‘The Year of Braille’”

“Canute — A Renaissance for Braille”
by Peter Abrahams, Bloor Research, 14th of February, 2016

“What is needed is a Braille page display. Given the high cost of Braille displays this seems like a pipe-dream, but if it could be done at an affordable price it should renew interest in Braille.

“Bristol Braille Technology CIC was set up specifically to find a solution to this challenge. To produce a robust reliable Braille page display and sell it for about a third of the price of existing single line displays.

“When this goes into production it should herald a renaissance in the use of Braille across the world.”

Canute — A Renaissance for Braille

Press releases

“Blind Students ‘gob smacked’ by First Multi-line Braille eReader”
16th of December, 2016

Fig: Canute Mk10 being read by Sean Randall and Ed Rogers

Fig: Canute Mk10 being read by Sean Randall and Ed Rogers

This month teaching staff and blind schoolchildren in Worcester got their hands on Canute - the world’s first low-cost multi-line Braille eReader.

Digital Braille displays have typically cost thousands of pounds and were restricted to showing a single line of Braille at a time. Canute has been developed by Bristol Braille Technology using a radical new technology to keep costs down. It is hoped that by rendering multiple Braille lines, Canute can help improve literacy skills thought to be crucial for the employment of blind people.

Describing the students’ reaction to Canute, Sean Randall, IT specialist and teaching assistant at New College Worcester, said;

“The kids were gob smacked. Canute is the only device we know of that renders up to nine Braille lines on a single display. Multiline Braille provides blind students with a greater appreciation for: page layout, tables, mathematics, music notation and computer code. These are all fields where blind people can be gainfully employed.”

— Sean Randall, New College Worcester

Bristol Braille Technology, the community interest company set-up to develop Canute, hope the results of educational trials will attract further partnerships to make Canute widely available to blind people excluded by existing Braille technologies and funding schemes.

For 3 years, Bristol Braille Technology has been in close collaboration with the Braillists – a community of Braille enthusiasts – who have provided valuable testing feedback used to refine Canute throughout its development.

Organizations with an interest in Braille literacy are invited to collaborate with Bristol Braille Technology to help take Canute to market.


For news and press releases before 2016 see our archives: Canute, Midas, Quixote news; 1st of February, 2008 – 10th of June, 2016