3D Printed Braille Phones for the Visually Impaired

The OwnFone is a low-cost 3D-printed device that makes the use of mobile technology easier for the visually impaired.
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The OwnFone is a low-cost 3D-printed device that makes the use of mobile technology easier for the visually impaired.
OwnFone 3d printed braille phone

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Current mobile technology has not been catered to the visually impaired. With smartphones and tablets mostly using touch-screen technology, those with visual impairments aren't always able to make use of such devices. 

OwnFone is a 3D-printed Braille mobile phone. It is easy to use, lightweight and is about the same size as a credit card. Users can choose to build the phone with Braille buttons or raised words and images. 

"In the past, the cost of developing a Braille phone vs. the market size has been a barrier to entry," said OwnFone founder Tom Sunderland in a press release. "3D printing provides a fast and affordable way to overcome this barrier."

OwnFone 3d printed braille phone

Photo Credit: OwnFone

This is not a smartphone, however. The OwnFone is stripped down to the bare basics with just a few buttons to increase and decrease volume, and turning the phone on or off. Each phone can be programmed with the user's most necessary contacts, and can be set up with up to four quick-dial buttons. 

Those interested can head over to OwnFone's website, where they can set up their desired unit. OwnFone will then have it 3D printed and sent to you.

OwnFone is currently only available in the UK and is retailing for £60, approximately $100 USD.

OwnFone 3d printed braille phone

Photo Credit: OwnFone