Back in May of last year, we covered a company based in Britain called OwnFone, who had decided to offer a phone produced specifically for the vision impaired. Called the OwnFone Braille, the device was a simple mobile phone which could be customized online before being 3D printed by the company. The customization options allowed those with visual impairments to 3D print out specific names in braille which acted as a tactile face plate for the device.
This enabled the user to both physically and virtually program specific names and numbers into their customized phone, and thanks to 3D printing, have the device in their hands within weeks. Thus far the phone has been quite a success, and the company is now looking to expand, this time taking even more advantage of the technology known as 3D printing.
The company has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise £200,000 by March 21. The funds will be used to launch a new product for the company, simply called the OwnFone, as well as the 2D and 3D printable kits called PrintFone. The OwnFone will be a mobile phone which can be 2D/3D printed, both at home or through the company. These are completely customizable devices which are perfect for those looking for a simple, affordable, completely customizable 2G phone. Perhaps you are one of those people who don’t want to be bothered with all the complicated options found within a typical smartphone; you just want to touch a button and have a call made, or perhaps you want an easy to use phone for emergency use. … (read more)