The money identifier is a wallet-size device made of only plastic. It has a pouch and cutting behind it, to help the user slot their money and pull it way down to the device, respectively, before folding it to determine its denomination. The front part of the device has six tactile lines, representing all the paper notes in Uganda. The lines were designedly drawn, such that if you fold a particular note, it ends on the line it was intended for.
Musiime, a visually impaired teacher in Gulu, is happy that he can now sort out
his paper money, without involving another person, thanks to a three-dimensional 3D printed money
other countries such as Canada and India among others, Ugandan paper cash don’t
have braille-like markings, to help the visually impaired easily identify them.
This has made many visually impaired persons
lose money to dishonest people while transacting business.
for years, Musiime, who lives with a colleague, also visually impaired, would have
to go to his neighbour every morning, to seek help in sorting paper money,
before heading out to eke a living, so that he is not cheated. However, recently, Erias Muhoozi, a tech-savvy Director in Charge of Technology, Training and Database
Management at Oysters & Pearls-Uganda, devised a 3D printed money identifier, to solve the
Muhoozi says that he devised the money
identifier, after Moses Ayoli, a visually impaired teacher, explained the need
to have something to help the visually impaired tell their notes apart. “He had the theoretical concept, and I
developed the practical concept out of it. I thought of how it can be made in
terms of design and measurements. So, the practical part of the idea, I did
in; “This guy called…
money identifier is a wallet-size device made of only plastic. It has a pouch and
cutting behind it, to help the user slot their money and pull it way down to
the device, respectively, before folding it to determine its denomination. The front
part of the device has six tactile lines, representing all the paper notes in
Uganda. The lines were designedly drawn, such that if you fold a particular note,
it ends on the line it was intended for.
Ayoli, a teacher at Madera School for the Blind in Soroti, is happy that his idea will end up helping
many people. He says the device should
be made stronger so that it does not break. However,
Muhoozi says the device can last at least five years, if well taken care of.
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out…which is the smallest.”//
says he printed the money identifier with the help of the organisation’s 3D
printer. The small device is sold at 8,000 Shillings and the bigger one goes for
10,000, Shillings and is happy that the device is now able to solve the problem for which it was
visually impaired has always not of choice of keeping their finances secret,
because they had to seek the help of someone else to identify their money. This
has always exposed them to the risks of being cheated by dishonest people. This card was
built to solve that problem.”
says the device has made him feel some sense of privacy regarding the amount he
carries, adding that it is 100 per cent perfect if the user masters it.
I have different notes, I sit at my table and organize them myself, and it helps
me a lot, as opposed to going to the neighbour. Because I live with Denish, and
he also does not see. We always called the neighbour asking them to first
arrange our money. This is 100 per cent accurate if you master how those lines
are because the measurement has been done so well and they are accurate.”
in; “If I have different notes…
out…measurement is accurate.”//
Onen Kolo, another user of the device, appreciates the idea that the device works
independently without any digital aid or need to power it using a battery or
explains that although there are digital money identifiers or applications on smartphones on the market, its use is limited, because digital literacy among the
visually impaired in Uganda is a huge challenge that needs to be tackled separately. He
says the fact that the money identifier has been printed using biodegradable material, is
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however says the device cannot be used in a bank or market setting, because of
the process involved. While using the device, one has to slot a note at a time,
which he says takes time. “The
device is good for use at home, where the user takes their time to sort their money
in easily recognizable denominations. But in a bank, people might become
impatient with you.”