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Braille Based Mobile Phone Goes on Sale

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A UK based manufacturer of simplified mobile phones that come with just a few preset buttons for voice calls says that it is launching the first commercially available Braille phone.

OwnFone says that other companies have developed Braille phones, but it is the first to put them into commercial production.

The external case of the phone is manufacturers using 3D-printing, so can be customized to the users needs, and will be sold in the UK for around £60.

The phone's inventor Tom Sunderland said that 3D printing the front and back of the device helped to keep the costs down.

"The phone can be personalised with two or four Braille buttons which are pre-programmed to call friends, family, carers or the emergency services," Mr Sunderland 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."

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