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Hello Braillist,
It's been another busy time in the Braille world and we've got news of lots of interesting developments including: the launch of Braillecast - a podcast all about Braille!; a brand new, more compact Canute prototype; reports from the National Federation of the Blind 2017 Convention; Perk up your Perkins event in Bristol; and an invitation to party in Bristol with A2i transcription service.

Thanks to various events like Sight Village Birmingham and the NFB convention we've had a lot of new sign-ups to the newsletter. So we extend an especially warm welcome to all new subscribers. If you haven't found our forum yet, it's a great place to continue the Braille conversation. Find out more including how to subscribe to have it delivered directly to your inbox by going to the forum page on our website.


Braillists' very own Dave Williams has amassed a great team of Braille aficionados to produce a new regular podcast celebrating the value of Braille. They have already produced four great episodes with plenty more in the pipeline.

Here's some info from the team:

"How did a student win £1,000 using Braille? What do QTVIs really think of the latest BrailleNote at school? Is the Orbit Reader low cost Braille display really worth waiting for? These questions and more are answered in the first few episodes of BrailleCast.

BrailleCast highlights the many ways Braille touches our lives, and offers a platform to share ways we can broaden Braille's appeal."

As well as exploring innovations in Braille technology the team are eager to share your news and reviews. So if you have something to share get in touch with them through the website or on twiiter: @BrailleCast

As well as their website, the BrailleCast podcast is available on Apple Podcasts (a.k.a. iTunes) and many other podcasting services.

Canute Mark 12 - Help needed refining the User Interface

The Canute team have achieved great leaps in producing a much more compact and elegant machine for the Mark 12 prototype. They are rapidly heading towards a production ready machine and are eager to refine the user interface to create the best possible experience.

There will be a user testing session in Bristol (UK) next Thursday (10th August) between 1pm and 3pm. If you'd like to be involved checkout this forum post or email Stephanie Sergeant directly.

National Federation of the Blind 2017 Convention

Ed Rogers, Braillists co-founder and director of Bristol Braille, attended the National Federation of the Blind Convention in Orlando, Florida in the USA in July. He took the brand new Canute Mark 12 prototype which had a great response. You can hear his audio diary on youtube and ask questions or make comments on the forum post.

As Keith pointed out on the forum Blind Bargains recorded an interview with Ed about the Canute.

On the forum there are also reports on the latest Canute from Russ Couper, one of the project's engineers, about the building of the latest prototype and a user review by Braillist Benjamin Vercellone.

Sight Village Events

We had a great time at Sight Village Birmingham again this year with plenty of interesting conversations and connections, and lots of people eager to try the latest Canute.

Don't forget, we shall also be at Sight Village Manchester on Wednesday 27th September, and Sight Village London on Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th November. So come along for a look at the latest Canute and get to meet us face-to-face.

Perk up your Perkins event: Thursday 28th and Friday 29th September

Don't forget our "Perk up your Perkins" event day 29th September, from 10am to 2pm at the RNIB, in Bristol (please note: dates have changed since advertised in our last newsletter).

This will be an opportunity to explore a small, free exhibition of historic Braille writing devices and get your Perkins cleaned and serviced by Alan Thorpe, an experienced mechanic (basic Perkins clean and service £25, more extensive work by arrangement).

We will also be hosting a Braillists meeting on the Thursday evening at a separate location where Alan will talk about what's inside your Perkins and how it works.

For more information about these events, or to book a Perkins clean and service slot, please contact Paul Sullivan

A2i celebrates 18 years and wants you to be there

A2i, a Braille transcription service from Bristol, has been in business 18 years and are having a party to celebrate next Wednesday (9th August) from 5pm until late. It's free and everyone is welcome. If you'd like to attend email Susie Fisher directly and she will send you an invitation that includes a free glass of Prosecco. You can find out more about A2i's anniversary on their website.

In other news from the Braillists Forum

and plenty more...
Don't forget you can find all our contact details on our website, join the discussion on our forum and connect with us on Twitter @Braillists.

We hope all is well with you and look forward to meeting at a Braillists' event very soon.

Best regards,

The Braillists Team

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