The smartwatch for the visually impaired

August 6, 2015

Introducing the ‘Dot’ smartwatch.

Most of the new devices we see nowadays always find ways for it to work with people with disabilities, which is usually accessed through the device’s settings.

A Korean startup is now looking to develop a smartwatch especially made for users who are visually impaired. Called the ‘Dot’, it will a smartwatch that will have four sets of dots that would represent braille characters.

It will cost less than $300, and will function like a normal smartwatch, giving the user information and various notifications through it. The dots on the smartwatch rise up and down forming characters that the visually impaired can understand. Additionally, the Dot can also send messages through voice commands dictated by the user.

In an interview with Tech in Asia, Dot CEO Eric Ju Yoon Kim said, “Ninety percent of blind people become blind after birth, and there’s nothing for them right now. They lose their access to information so suddenly. Dot can be their lifeline, so they can learn braille and access everyday information through their fingers, which is the goal of braille literacy.”

The company is looking to sell the smartwatch this December.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
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