Curated Inclusive Design: Wearables: Korean Startup, The Dot, Braille Smartwatch for the Visually Impaired

“Every time technology moves forward we see more real-time information, but for the blind, that’s a widening discrimination gap.”
Eric Ju Yoon Kim is the developer of the world's first Braille watch. The watch lets blind people read real-time smartphone data in Braille. The Dot, a device that straps around the wrist like a watch, uses magnets and a grid of pins to create four braille characters at a time that change at adjustable speeds, allowing users to read text messages and use apps on any device via Bluetooth. The Dot uses a moveable braille interface made of magnets and pins strapped to the wrist like a watch.


The ‘Dot Watch’ is bringing modern innovation to the visually impaired. The face features 24 shifting dots. That is powered by magnets and electrical signals. And linked to a smartphone via Bluetooth to Display time, texts, and app notifications. ‘Dot’ not only revolutionizes bulky, expensive machines, but it provides the freedom of a wearable many sighted people enjoy. An estimated 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired. The company hopes to expand its products by introducing a ‘Dot Pad’ and a ‘Dot Mini’ that can teach braille. Bringing education and technology to their fingertips makes ‘Dot’ more than just a stylish accessory - Full Description:

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