World’s first Braille Phone goes on sale for £60, sports personalized pre-programmed buttons

By Alexandra Burlacu | May 19, 2014 07:20 AM EDT

Share This Story

  • Print
  • Email


A London-based company has launched what it claims to be the world's first Braille phone, and the device is now on sale in the UK for £60.

More specifically, this Braille phone from London firm OwnFone is the first of its kind to actually go on sale. While other companies have designed Braille phones in the past, this one is the world's first to hit commercial availability.

Follow us

The front and back of the phone can be customized, and are build using 3D printing techniques. The company can also print raised text on the keypad for those who can't read Braille.

The man behind this phone, Tom Sunderland, said that 3D printing of the front and back of the device was an essential factor in keeping the costs down.

"3D printing... provides a fast and cost-effective way to create personalised Braille buttons," Sunderland told the BBC.

The phone is currently available only in the UK, and aims to allow blind users to keep in touch with friends and family in a convenient manner.

Back in 2012, the company launched what was one of the first partially 3D printed phones. OwnPhone then developed a special child-friendly model called 1stFone a year later. The 1stFone was the size of a credit card and had programmable buttons for essential contacts.

The new Braille phone from OwnFone is based on these two devices, offering a small form factor in a colorful design, while also allowing for personalization with pre-programmed buttons.

"OwnFone, working with our partner charities, launches the Braille Phone! This is an easy-to-use mobile phone with personalized braille buttons for blind or visually impaired people who struggle to use normal mobile phone," the company explained on its Facebook page. "The phone is available with 2 or 4 call buttons each personalized with a name in braille and pre-programmed with a telephone number. To make a call, all you have to do is press a braille call button and the phone will instantly connect the user with the person they need to call. Braille buttons complement word and image buttons already offered by OwnFone. The OwnFone with braille buttons starts from £60 Inc. VAT and is available to order from"



Get the Most Popular Mobile&Apps Stories in a Weekly Newsletter

OwnFone, Braille, Braille Phone

Join Our Conversation

The HTC logo is seen with different devices from the brand HTC M10 Perfume Launching A Month Later After MWC 2016
Lava Unleashes New P7 Device Into The Indian Market
New Disney Phone Coming To Japan
Xiaomi Locks Redmi Note 3, Mi 4c And Mi Note Pro; Others To Follow Suit?
Tablet / Laptop / PC
Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 Dell unveils Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablets
Retina iPad Mini facing delays, may not launch until early next year
Refurbished 128GB iPad with Retina Display now available on the Apple Online Store
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition: Pricing and availability now official
Amazon Logo Amazon reportedly to launch ‘Firetube’ set-top box before 2013 holidays
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear India launch: Pricing and availability
Samsung Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch now up for pre-order in Canada
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 reportedly in the works already, may debut at CES or MWC 2014
OS / Software
HTC Logo HTC reportedly considering Android/Windows Phone dual-booting smartphone as Microsoft pushes for deeper Windows mobile integration
iOS 7 Chrome Incognito mode leaks private searches due to bug
Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already rolling out, AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon to follow
Microsoft Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order
Internet / Social Media
Google Downtime Google blacks out for two minutes, causes 40 percent drop in world’s Internet traffic
Xbox Music web player is live and ready for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
Facebook Android app collected phone numbers even if users never logged in
Firefox 22 brings support for web video calls, 3D gaming, and Unreal Engine 3
What's App
ZTE's new lease program ZTE’s new Lease-to-own Program for Mobile Devices
LG’s G Pay to Take on Google, Samsung and Apple
Facebook: Taxes in the UK and a new Shopping tab
Samsung’s VR Headset to be Released at $99, Hulu Jumps Onboard with Apps Ready

Most Popular

© 2016 IBT Media Inc. All Rights Reserved.mobilenapps