Touchable Ink Invented to Help the Blind

A Thai company has invented a tactile ink to help visually impaired people to read printed content.

J. Walter Thompson partnered with Samsung and the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, Thammasat University in Thailand. Testing is now being carried out with the Thailand Association for the Blind and, if successful, could be used in printers to make products and packaging more accessible for the blind.

Parattajariya Jalayanateja, Managing Director of J. Walter Thompson Bangkok, stated, “Touchable Ink emerges as an answer to the blind’s needs. To learn and broaden their scale of the world, people with visual impairments depend largely on braille code. However, braille embossers available in the market are many times more expensive than normal printers, and not every visually impaired person can afford one of them.”

The ink can be used in normal printers, drastically reducing the cost from about 100,000 Thai Baht (US$2,850) to 2,000(US$57).

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