Bristol Braille Technology is building Canute: world’s 1st multiline digital Braille — a 360 cell e-reader for the price of an iPad

Fig: Side view of the Canute Mk8 prototype, with wood panel finish,  the word Canute engraved in print and embossed in steel in Braille.

Fig: Side view of the Canute Mk8 prototype, with wood panel finish,
the word ‘Canute’ engraved in print and embossed in steel in Braille.

Affordable Braille is essential for blind literacy, education and employment, yet Braille use has been declining for decades due to stagnant technology. Bristol Braille Technology is building a revolutionary and radically affordable Braille ereader for blind people called Canute, designed with and by the blind community.

The Canute is the world’s first multiple line Braille ereader — forty characters per line by nine lines — and we intend to distribute it for the price of a Perkins typewriter or iPad Pro. That’s about twenty times cheaper per cell than existing digital Braille devices.

If you think Braille literacy deserves to be affordable join our community of testers, get in contact, or consider donating to this not-for-profit project.

Why Canute?

Why do we need to act now?

Why Bristol Braille?

What still needs to be done?

“Printed books are plentiful and affordable, however, Braille books are presently scarce and expensive. A reliable, affordable, and universally useful electronic Braille book reader has eluded researchers and manufacturers for decades.”

“Braille for the New Millennium” by P. Duran, D. Gipson & L. Jenkins

Canute will be the world’s first multiline Braille ebook reader. It will be an entirely new class of device to bring Braille to people who would otherwise be unable to afford anything other than massive, bulky hard copy Braille.