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Braille beer labels

Soda cans, beer cans, canned coffee... in Japan, it's not alwayseasy to distinguish one from the other with your eyes closed. With thatin mind, Japanese brewers have begun stamping patterns of raised dotson top of their beer cans.

In Braille, the dots read "alcohol" though some of Kirin Brewery's cans spell out "Kirin Beer".

Alcohol Braille identifiers on beer cans are just one more way the visually impaired are given extra consideration in Japan. Brailleraised dots can also be found on handrails leading to and fromunderground subway stations, where they state the name of the station.

Source: inventorspot.comAdded: 31 March 2008