This is great that Canute is getting closer and closer to completion. I have Usher Syndrome and am both blind and hearing impaired. I had to teach myself Braille and it took me a year before I could read a real Braille book. I can still remember the joy and sense of achievement the first time my fingers read a whole full page even though it took me a whole day to complete ...going over and over the words until I finally could feel them correctly.
But over the years some much of that initial joy has gone. As a sci-fi and fantasy fan there are only a very few Braille books available from the RNIB library and many of them are so old now that the Braille has totally flattened in places. It just became so, so frustrating. I would go into a bookshop with a sighted friend and there would be shelf after shelf of new books I would so enjoy reading.. but with Braille production being so expensive I would be lucky to find just one of them put into braille... and most likely not even one.
But with Canute I could download new fantasy titles from my local library to my computer and suddenly all those books could be mine to read on my pc with this great piece of affordable equipment.
E BOOKS are mainstream and proving increasingly popular with many sighted people wanting them too. So thousands and thousands of people read them... there are new up to day fantasy novels available as eBooks... It would open up the world for so many blind people giving up back real choice in what we read. Access to a huge range of new reading material. Make it accessible to visually impaired pc users and more than anything that will encouraging the newly blind to learn Braille.. whether that be child or adult. This new and finally afordable refreshable Braille display will not be just useful it will be fun too.. and that is what I think is needed ... to have the fun put back into Braille again. to get that joy of reading something new and up to date like anyone else. A boom you actually will enjoy instead of having to make do with the extremely limited choice and old Braille books from the rnib. Just think.. books to read that were not brailled up 10 years ago! now that will encourage so many new braille readers.
This is something great that you and your team have achieved here... a truly affordable braille display for people like me who have little money. I started saving for it two years ago and will soon have that 330! so so looking forward to getting one eventually.