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Braille tech firm builds ‘Kindle for the blind

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By ITN News Editor January 15, 2019 13:12

Braille tech firm builds ‘Kindle for the blind

Braille, a written language where characters are represented by raised dot patterns, has brought the joy of reading to millions of blind and partially sighted people since it was invented by Louis Braille in the 19th Century.But in its printed form it’s not a exactly convenient or portable – a copy of the Bible written in braille takes up about 5 feet of shelf space. British firm Bristol Braille Technology hopes to change this with their ‘Kindle for the blind’. They say the Canute 360 is the world’s first multi-line braille e-reader, displaying 9 lines of braille at a time – equating to about a third of a page of regular printed text. When the reader reaches the end of a page they simply press a button to refresh the 360 cells of braille characters to display the next page.Stephanie Sergeant, whose company Vision Through Sound provides training for blind people, has been working with Bristol Braille Technology to test the Canute. She says it’s a vast improvement on the single line e-readers currently available.The current model of Canute is about the size of a large coffee table book and is powered via a mains lead, though future models will have a battery.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 15, 2019 13:12

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