The Dot Watch Is The First Smartwatch For Blind People
A smartwatch designed for blind people, The Dot Watch lets users read notifications through braille
The age of smartwatches is booming. Apple recently announced that it’s generated $10 billion over the last four quarters from its wearable devices. But many of these devices, ranging from the Pebble Smartwatch to a Fitbit can’t necessarily update you with your notifications unless you use your eyes and hands. For the 285 million visually impaired people around the world, these nifty watches might not help that much. Even though there are some smartwatch devices that help blind people navigate through sonar and buzzing, one would still be unable to read updates on his or her wrist until now.
Eric Juyoon Kim, one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 Asia 2017 finalists has developed an affordable, impairment smartwatch that helps the blind receive notifications via their wrist just like the rest of us wearable users.
The Dot Watch is the first smartwatch for visually impaired people and is a wearable device that utilizes a refreshable braille display to alert people of updates that ping through their phone. The face of the watch is made of 24 touch sensors and uses electro-dynamic cells to relay information. With the help of these sensors, the watch is able to know exactly when the user reaches the last letter on the display and automatically refreshes the screen with new letters. This makes reading the braille letters on the small the 43mm (1.7in) radius circle a breeze.
Similar to other smartwatches, the Dot Watch has a variety of functions like an accelerometer, alarm, and time telling capabilities. The watch can also display notifications from text messages, social media, directions and other customizable information through an app that pairs certain applications with the device. And with Dot’s open system, which allows developers the ability to make apps for the device, there will surely be more cool features to come.
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