Blind people will be able to identify the value of each bill, based on their size difference,using a small object similar to a credit card.
The tab, which was delivered for free to more than 2,000 visually impaired people, was created at the University of Costa Rica (UCR) as part of a final graduation project.
Erick Hidalgo, director of Plastic Arts of the UCR, is the creator of the tab which is very simple to use: The bill is placed on top of the tab and fold over it. Each bill’s value will reach a different mark (step), telling the user the true value of it.
After its creation, the project was sent to PROINNOVA which sought the funding of the project and placed it among its potential users.
Since 2013, 10.000 of these cards were produced, but just 2.000 have been handed because they want to make sure that visually impaired people are actually using it.
According to the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC), there are about 62,500 blind people in Costa Rica.
UCR can be contacted to receive further information about the tab by emailing email@example.com.