Tuesday, 20 May 2014 - 21:01
World's First' Braille Phone Is Now on Sale
UK-based OwnFone, a company that lets users design their own mobile devices, introduced what it's calling the world's first Braille phone.
According to the BBC, OwnFone users can now create a phone with Braille buttons, starting at 100 dollars.
Previously, OwnFone users could only include "word buttons" (featuring contacts' names) or "image buttons" (featuring contacts' photos) as part of their keyboard.
The Braille option is new to both OwnFone and mobile phones in general: While other companies have designed Braille phones before, OwnFone claims its device is the first one to go on sale.
As of last week, users can add two or four Braille buttons that are pre-programmed to call family and friends.
There is also the option of including an emergency-services button, which must be pressed three times to go through.
The device, which comes with a 3D-printed keyboard, is the size of a credit card and is made-to-order. Users can select from a collection of background designs and exterior colors.
The OwnFone also claims to have long battery life, promising that it will last up to a year in standby mode.