The Braille Arcade: Tactile Gaming
Braille video gaming is here and we need your help!
We already know that Braille has the potential to change the way we interact with the world, but video gaming? We are now testing a prototype Braille Games Console in a travelling Braille Arcade, experimenting with creating tactile explorable worlds and challenges. We will be launching a crowd funder in a few weeks and before we really want to hear from Braillists and gamers about what you would do with this new technology.
The Braille Arcade
Bristol Braille Technology has been working on something really exciting in the last few months, we’ve taken the Canute 360 and prototyped a dock that expands the applications on the Canute.
From there we’ve created a tactile gaming device which, so far, has successfully run versions of Snake, maze crawling games, Hangman and even our city explorer! Top-down gameplay is a fascinating way to exploit Braille as a gamer gaming or try gaming as an avid Braillist. We want as many people as possible to have a chance to try this whilst it is being prototyped and feedback on what they imagine using it for.
Therefore we want to create the first travelling Braille Arcade and take our Canute Gaming Dock on the road to schools, businesses and communities. These tactile experiences are scripted on the Canute 360 itself in common computer languages like Python, making it the first multiline Braille workstation. We hope that these experiments will open up interest in computer science to whole new groups of people.
We believe that computer gaming should be accessible to everyone. We also believe in the model we used to design the Canute 360 over the last decade: Taking prototypes to Braillists early on and making and remaking to reflect the desires and experiences of our community.
So we will be launching a Crowdfunder in the next few weeks to fund the Braille Arcade coming to a town or city near you. We hope that Canute and Braille enthusiasts will share the link far and wide to help us reach our goal.
We would love to speak to anyone in business that wants to work with us and sponsor us to bring this brilliant new technology to everyone. If you are a Braille user yourself with an interest in taking part, once the crowd funder is successful, then we want to talk to you.
We have created a signup form below and will send another email once we go live. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do get in touch.
Braille is literacy, education and employment. Video games are computer science. Let’s make Braille video gaming happen!
BRAILLE IS LITERACY,
Dedicated to the memory of Zac Wilcox