Blind readers will soon be able to bring their library of Braille books with them in digital form, according to British firm Bristol Braille Technology.
Since it was invented by Louis Braille in the 19th century, the alphabet of raised dots has let blind and partially sighted people read by feeling the dots with their fingers.
But printed Braille books are bigger than normal books. A Braille copy of the Bible can take up about 1.5 meters of shelf space for its 17 volumes or so.
Bristol Braille says its Canute 360 is the world’s first multiline Braille e-reader. It shows nine lines of 40 characters at a time — 360 cells in total. That’s about a third of a page of regular print.
Any text that has been translated into Braille format can be downloaded into the Canute.
The 2.8-kg e-reader will enter mass production this year, and will be priced similar to a high-end laptop, the firm said. (Reuters)