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Pre-orders open for the Canute Console

Canute Console in situ, 360 display, keyboard extended, monitor up

We have a big announcement to make…

After four months of touring the prototypes, we are very excited to announce the release of our new product:

The Canute Console

PLEASE NOTE – Expected July or August (due to high pre-order numbers so far, as consoles are built by hand by our team of engineers in Bristol and delivered first come first serve)

Available for pre-order on our website now! Early bird bonuses apply; only 30 pre-orders available!

The Console is a nine-line Braille workstation for professionals and students doing programming or viewing and manipulating data.

Here are some of the applications for the Console:

  • Programming and word processing
  • Top down map exploration of cities
  • Football and sports playback on tactile pitches
  • Snake, Rogue-likes and other classic videogames
  • Spreadsheets and tables
  • Flow diagrams, charts and graphs
  • Free drawing ASCII graphics

It is composed of a Canute 360 Braille display docked in a workstation that adds a pull-out QWERTY keyboard, a fold-up 13″ high contrast monitor, and runs off a Raspberry Pi 400 from the Linux command line.

Read the full list of features and uses on the BBT website.

Reserve your pre-order with a 50% down-payment on the early bird discounted price via our online shop or by calling +44(0)117 325 3022:

Early Bird Bonus includes: discounted price, carry case, supporter status, and three hours of guided co-development with the BBT team for students/professionals getting started with building multiline Braille and tactile graphics applications. Units can be shipped anywhere in the world.

The down payment can be paid by Paypal, card, wire or in installments. Payment accepted in any currency (subject to conversion*). Deliveries expected to start from the end of April 2023 on a first come, first served basis.

Braille is literacy, employment and independence… it can also inspire us to do more, learn more, and most of all, to make more. We’re really excited to finally release the Console after over a year’s development. Its involved hundreds of miles travelled by planes, trains and automobiles, and great creative sessions with blind, deafblind and low vision Braille readers.

By pre-ordering you are supporting a business that has always been a not-for-profit, dedicating everything to creating devices with and for our community.

Thank you

Ed and the Bristol Braille team


P.S. Make sure the Canute Console is for you before placing the pre-order; we and our community of Braillist testers have been careful to design a brilliant machine for a particular audience of people interested in computer science and data visualisations. Do you know your way around the command line, or are curious to learn? Then the Console is for you!

* Conversion rates will vary by bank or payment provider. Currently: 1GBP = 1.2USD, 1.13EUR, 1.74AUD, 1.62CAD, 100INR, 161JPY.

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