The British company OwnFone has announced the launch of the world’s first mobile phone with Braille, with the help of which blind people communicate. There have been other attempts, but OwnFone is the first to arrive in stores.
The main difference from regular phones is represented by the keyboard, which is built by a 3D printer, which respects the rules of Braille.
“The phone can be personalized with two or four Braille buttons which are pre-programmed to call friends, family, carers or the emergency services,” Mr Sunderland, the inventor of the phone, told the BBC. “This is the first phone to have a 3D printed keypad and for people that can’t read Braille, we can print texture and raised text on the phone. Our 3D phone printing process is patent pending.”
Available for now only in stores in the UK, OwnFone costs 60 pounds.