Welcome to Vision Through Sound

We have some exciting news: 
Bristol Braille Technology was awarded the top prize of $20,000 at the annual Dr Jacob Bolotin awards 
by the National Federation of the Blind!

We were recognised at the 2019 NFB Convention for our work in bringing Canute 360 - the world's first
 multi-line Braille e-reader - to market. All this in the same month that we've started taking Canute 360
 pre-orders at a discounted price in the UK (you can get yours here) and sent 25 Canute 360 prototypes
around the world to partner organisations.  It's been a busy few weeks, but we're delighted to move even 
closer to our goal of making access to multi-line digital Braille a reality for blind people around the world.

Text, maths, music and tables. For the first time in a digital device, Canute 360 can display 
any six-dot Braille code across its nine-line, 360 cell display. A Braille library can now be 
stored on a single USB stick or SD card in BRF or PEF format and read directly from Canute 360. 
UK customers can pre-order a Canute 360 at a specially discounted price of £1,695 ex VAT directly 
from our UK distributor, Techno-Vision Systems.

To qualify for this discount, orders must be placed with Techno-Vision before the 9th August 2019.
 If you have any questions, live outside the UK, or would like a demonstration, you can get in touch
 with Bristol Braille Technology on +44117 325 3022 and enquiries@bristolbraille.co.uk, or Techno-Vision 
on +441604 792777 and info@techno-vision.co.uk.

We're going to be fairly quiet over the summer as we continue to make improvements to Canute 360, 
explore additional features and prepare to mass-produce the first retail batch of Canute 360s in the
 Autumn. We look forward to seeing many of you again at Sight Village in Manchester on the first of 
October and in London on the 5th and 6th of November!

Thanks again for your continued support and interest and wherever you are and whatever you do we
 hope you have a fun, safe and relaxing summer!

With warmest regards,

The Bristol Braille Technology team

Vision Through Sound enables visually impaired people to live their lives more fully by learning  to use smart phones, computer technology and the World Wide Web.

We will help you to use a phone or a computer for work and for pleasure - to browse the Internet, to  send emails, to download files, to contact friends  and family, to join online communities - in fact, whatever you need a computer to do for you, we will give you the confidence and the tools to make it happen.

We are working on 2 projects that are cutting edge technology, testing and developing them as well as providing training and support.

It is exciting to be involved with such brand new products.

Below is a list of some of the gadgets we're training people to use.

CANUTE 360 LOW COST BRAILLE DISPLAY


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The Canute is a braille e-book reader, the first multi-line Braille display in the world.

www.bristolbraille.co.uk 

Vision Through Sound will be providing technical support by phone for the Canute.

The following link shows film about the Canute:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/education-43965283/can-new-braille-technology-boost-literacy-levels

Low Tech, Voice-operated Phone

In Your Pocket provides access to thousands of talking books, daily newspapers and pod casts. It is a voice operated smart phone. Has a simple Sat Nav function, and much else, see

www.inyourpocket.net

Audio Sign for Shops

We have spent lottery funding to install Bluetooth beacons in shops and public buildings. When messages are recorded on these beacons, they will speak as the blind person with the phone passes that building.    

Enabling Project

We have recently visited Zambia to provide training there too.

Our work in Zambia has 2 strands, one is our connection with the Lion school for the Blind in Ndola. We send out Perkins braillers, hand frames and styluses. At present the pupils have 84 hand frames to write with, and there are 150 pupils there, so they work in pairs, with one pupil waiting for the other to finish. Despite this,  they teach to the 11th grade, and many pupils we met said they aim to progress to university, become teachers, politicians, or lawyers!

 

The other strand is where we are in touch with a group of blind adults in a village, who are creative in making products that they can sell locally and on the internet. We are developing ways of marketing what they make. They have asked for talking bibles in the Bemba dialect, so we have sent several, from www.megavoice.com 

Pictures of our work with a blind community in Zambia can be seen here

Access to computer screens

Whatever your level of knowledge we will build on it. We can teach you about screen magnification and how to get the best from talking screenreaders like NVDA (Non Visual Desktop  Access)

Link: NVDA can be downloaded for free here:

iPhone Speech

The iPhone with built in speech and large print output

 Ideal applications for those with a visual impairment. Kindle books can be read in audio or large print, books scanned into speech, and audio books downloaded.

Visual Awareness Training

Vision Through Sound gives talks on visual awareness to help care providers and companies communicate with their clients and customers more effectively.

Guide Dog Speaking

Stephanie is a speaker, on behalf of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. This means she gives talks to any interested parties. The talks to school children also include a demonstration of the specialised equipment and picture Braille books that form part of her life and enable her to live independently and contribute to the lives of others.