Lunchtime Talks at the Pervasive Media Studio

Canute - Fighting for Blind Literacy

Canute - fighting for blind literacy

Lunchtime Talks are a series of informal presentations at Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio. They normally take place at 13:00 on a Friday, are free and are open to everybody who is interested in what they do. Come along, bring a sandwich, and get to know more about the Studio community, current and up-coming projects, or residents' work.

For many blind people Braille is literacy. Braille usage has been falling for decades and is now in danger of entering terminal decline. A pause in technical advancement in this area has left many blind people without the means to become literate or exercise their literacy.

Bristol Braille Technology have just developed a new prototype for Canute, a Braille ebook reader, which is intended to help reverse this decline by being multiline and radically affordable.

For this talk, we will be joined by Studio resident Ed Rogers, Director of Bristol Braille, who will tell us how this non-profit, Bristol Hackspace based company came into being, and why this kind of technical exploration is so vital at a time when Braille literacy is waning.

The Pervasive Media Studio is located within the Watershed building. Let us know if you'd like a tour and we'll be happy to show you around. Send an email to