Using Braille Displays with Phones and Tablets, Saturday 30 April in Bristol

  • Where: Bristol Braille Technology, Philip Street, Bristol
  • Time: 1400-1600 on Saturday 30 April, followed by refreshments in a local pub for those who can stay

The local Bristol branch of the Braillists is excited to be hosting its first post-pandemic in-person meeting, organised by Paul Sullivan and hosted by Bristol Braille Technology. You don’t have to be from Bristol; everyone who can make it is invited.

  • Bring your own devices
  • Get your questions answered
  • Share your tips and tricks with others

Following on from the popular Masterclasses on using braille with iOS, this event will be an opportunity to develop your skills with braille displays on mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads, Kindles and Android devices. If you don’t already use a braille display, it will give you the opportunity to try some out and decide if they are for you. If you have a braille display that can be used with a mobile phone or tablet, you are invited to bring it with you.

The event will take the form of a workshop:

  • In the first hour, four people will demonstrate how they use a specific braille display and mobile device. For instance, a Focus 14 with an iPhone, or an Orbit Reader with a Kindle. Each demonstration will finish with time for questions and people will be encouraged to share their own tricks and tips with these devices.
  • In the second hour we will break-out into small groups to do hands-on skills sharing with braille displays and mobile devices. At the same time, people will be able to try out and feedback on the latest developments with the Canute, including an experimental nine line text editor, and look at the Graphiti from Orbit Research.

If you have an SD card containing braille books from RNIB and would like it updated with the latest content (2,000 books, originally released in April 2021), James Bowden will be on hand to do this for you. However, all the files on your card will be replaced during the update process, )including documents and other files that you have created yourself) so please remember to back it up before you come, so that you do not lose anything important.

Bristol Braille’s workshop is close to several bus routes passing through East Street, Bedminster and we will organise a pick-up from and to Bristol Temple Meads station.

To register your interest or get more information please email Paul Sullivan at [email protected] with the following details:

  • How did you hear about this event?
  • How many people will be attending?
  • Name / names?
  • Email address?
  • Mobile or other phone number?
  • How will you be coming?
  • If you are travelling by train, will you need to be met / taken back to Temple Meads station?
  • Will you be bringing a guide dog?
  • Will you be staying for the social event afterwards?

Due to limited numbers, registration is on a first come, first served basis. Masks welcome but not required, air purifiers will be running and hand sanitiser made available.

N.B. This event is organised by members of the Braillists community, but run independently of the Braillists Foundation itself. It takes place in the United Kingdom. The Braillists Foundation grew out of these meetings in Bristol so we are very pleased to finally be back!