We'll be doing all this on a really tight budget with a lot of volunteer effort.
But if we're able to hit the extraordinary stretch target of £5,500 we'll be able to restart R&D for our next production run of Canute 360s.
This means the feedback we receive from remote learners will be fed back into design changes, improving the Canute 360 for all our blind and VI customers, present and future.
We are the not-for-profit Bristol Braille Technology CIC.
Our team of sighted and blind people work with the Braillists Foundation to design and make Braille reading equipment for our blind community. Now we are repurposing this equipment to help those effected by lockdown.
Blind people who learn Braille are twice as likely to be employed. Post-pandemic, we are staring into the face of a deep recession, where unemployment will be high, so it is more vital than ever that Braille provision and teaching continues.
We have developed the revolutionary new Canute 360, the world's only affordable full-page Braille display. We released this earlier this year, just before the pandemic put a halt to further production.
Therefore we have decided we will make a full package of Braille learning and reading equipment available for members of the blind community. We will use our extensive experience of Braille and our close connections to the community to deliver this, and deliver it fast.
The centre piece of this will be full-page electronic Braille displays pre-loaded with learning courses for Braille, sheet music in Braille, and over three hundred books for practice and pleasure.
Accompanying this will be Braille writing equipment called the pocket frame, for taking notes and following along with courses, as well as Braille typewriters and tactile diagrams.
The team at Bristol Braille Technology CIC