Not-for-profit, Open Source,
Bristol Braille Technology is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to serving blind communities through invention and the provision of Braille devices.
Affordable Braille is essential for blind literacy, education and employment, yet Braille use has been declining for decades, due in no small part to stagnant technology.
We’ve been building the Canute for six years. Some of the team are engineers, others specialise in supporting accessible products. All of us are here to develop radical technological solutions to the promotion of Braille.
Zac Wilcox, user interface and firmware design
Liam Smyth, publicity and marketing
Hermione Moore, production
Stephanie Sergeant, distribution and support
Jonny Taphouse, hardware design and production
Nic Marshall, hardware design and production
Russell Couper, electronics and hardware design
David Sykes, Chairman
Nick Rogers, Treasurer & Company Secretary
Ed Rogers, Founder & Managing Director
See our previous team members.
Canute is Open Source
The Canute 360 user interface is available to the community on Github. It is built in Python and can be modified by a user and uploaded to a Canute to enhance, expand or entirely alter its functionality.
In a pre-pandemic world we would also hold regular public meetings explaining Canute’s electro-mechanical design. These were held at local Braillists groups, membership of which is open to everyone with an interest in Braille. Please sign up to the Braillists Foundation newsletter to hear about when these meetings can restart.
Our partners and backers
See a list of Braille organisations who we work with.
See a list of our suppliers.
See a list of our funders.