Cranmer Modified Perkins Brailler

Mechanical Braille Writers

Description: The first commercial personal braille printer, the Cranmer Modified Perkins Brailler was driven by computer, but could also be used as an electric braille writer. It was the last project of Tim Cranmer, as Director of Technical Services for the Kentucky Department of the Blind with aid from engineers Taylor Davidson and Wayne Thompson. The prototype of this device was the Kentucky Modified Perkins Brailler, developed in 1981-82. Over 1,000 units were sold by Maryland Computer Services (currently Blazie Engineering). About 30 units were also built by the Louisville Telephone Pioneers Group.

Height: 9.75

Width: 15.75

Depth: 10.75

Date: 1983