A London-based company, OwnFone, claims to be the first to have on sale a Braille phone. The phone costs just GBP 60 and is on sale in the UK.
The Braille phone has been designed to provide an instant connection between blind users and their friends and family, its manufacturers said.
The front and back of the phone, which is currently only available in the UK, is constructed using 3D printing techniques and can be customised.
According to OwnFone, its Braille phone is the first of its kind to go on sale in the world.
The company can even print raised text on the keypad for those who can not read Braille, BBC Newsreported.
According to the inventor of the phone, Tom Sunderland, 3D printing the front and back of the device helped to keep the costs down to GBP 60.
“The phone can be personalised with two or four Braille buttons which are pre-programmed to call friends, family, carers or the emergency services,” Sunderland said.
“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,” he said.
People who wish to buy the phone can create a custom design on the company’s website, and the phone comes in a variety of different colours,
While this may be the first Braille phone available in the market, the idea has been explored before as well.
Last year, India-based start-up Kriyate developed a prototype Braille-enabled smartphone, featuring a repressible Braille display and feedback controls that beep or vibrate after receiving certain commands, the report said.