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Fantastic news from across the pond: A British company plans to launch a ‘Kindle for the blind’

LONDON (Reuters) – A British company plans to launch a Braille e-reader for blind people this year that should greatly enhance their reading experience and spare them from lugging around hefty print volumes.

Since it was developed by Louis Braille in the 19th Century, the alphabet of raised dots has brought the joy of reading to millions of blind and partially-sighted people.

But in its printed form it’s not exactly convenient or portable: A Braille copy of the Bible can take up about 5 feet (1.5 meters) of shelf space.

British firm Bristol Braille Technology hopes to change this with Canute 360, their new ‘Kindle for the blind’ which it says is the world’s first multi-line Braille e-reader, displaying nine lines of text at a time, or about a third of a page of regular print.

“This means you only have to press the forward button every 360 characters rather than every 20,” said Stephanie Sergeant, whose company Vision Through Sound provides training for blind people and has been working with Bristol Braille.

“It refreshes a line at a time, starting at the top. So even though it takes a little while for all the lines to refresh, you can start reading almost as soon as you press the forward key.”

Any text that has been translated into Braille format can be downloaded into the Canute, potentially putting an endless supply of reading material at the user’s fingertips.

Read full post on Reuters.

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The Storymatic Classic – 540 Unique Cards – Tell Stories, Play Games, Make Art, and More – Includes Booklet with Prompts, Games, and Activities

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LINENSPA Shredded Foam Reading Pillow

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Perfect for Reading or Watching TV: Prop yourself up and settle in for a good book or a favorite movie. The LINENSPA Reading Pillow is filled with clusters of foam for just the right amount of comfort and support as you rest. This reading pillow is designed with foam pieces that can be patted and plumped for a customized fit and allow for excellent airflow. Use it in bed to properly support your back. This lounge pillow has a plush velour cover, cozy arm rests and a convenient carry handle on top. Pillow is 18 inches tall and measures 15 inches wide at the top and 26 inches wide from arm to arm. Cover: 100 percent polyester, Filling: 100 percent polyurethane foam

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