First Braille Phone Ever in the World Goes on Sale

by Kathy Jones on May 18 2014 5:19 PM

 First Braille Phone Ever in the World Goes on Sale
The world's first Braille phone that uses customized 3D printing techniques has been launched by London-based firm OwnFone.
Priced at 60 pounds, the company has attributed that the phone is the first of its kind to go on sale for customers and is currently available only in the UK.

The phone's inventor Tom Sunderland said that the phone is unique in characteristic of its 3D printing techniques that provide a fast and cost-effective way to create personalized Braille buttons.

The firm's website also provides access to users to create a customized design of the phone that they wish to purchase.

The phone's essential features include its user-friendly small structure and varied colorful designs.

According to the BBC, the Braille phone is based on a combination of designs that include not only 3D printing, but also has pre-programmable buttons for crucial contacts. Through this, blind users can use their phones to establish instant networking with their friends and family.

Although, this is the first Braille phone to be on sale, it is certainly not an original idea.

An India-based firm Kriyate also produced a prototype Braille-enabled smartphone in 2013 that was not released for customers.