Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Touchable Ink Lowers Cost of Braille!

Hands holding a thermos with braille on it

Researchers at Thammasat University in Thailand have been working with Samsung, who supplied the printers, and advertising agency J Walter Thompson to create "Touchable Ink", which has the potential to make the cost of printing braille much more affordable.  The touchable ink dilates in certain thermal conditions and will eventually be able to be used in normal printers.  Because it relies solely on the ink and not on braille cells or characters, it allows embossed printing of non-braille characters and other shapes and patterns, such as maps.

Map using touchable ink

This tactile ink is not yet available for sale and is currently being tested.

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Collage of touchable ink