London-based firm OwnFone has released what it says is the world’s first Braille phone. The front and back of the phone is constructed using 3D printing techniques and can be customised.
Other companies have designed Braille phones in the past, but OwnFone says its device is the first of its kind to go on sale. For those who can’t read Braille, the company can print raised text on the keypad.
The phone, currently only available in the UK, retails for £60 and according to its inventor Tom Sunderland, 3D printing the front and back of the device helped to keep the costs down.
“3D printing… provides a fast and cost-effective way to create personalised Braille buttons,” he says. The device is designed to provide an instant connection between blind users and their friends and family….
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The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! We also offer the LulzBot TAZ – Open source 3D Printer and the Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer in our store. If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!