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Dot Smartwatch For Blind

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Dot Smartwatch For Blind

Opportunity

Various digital devices for the blind have been around for some time now, but the vast majority of them use sound. This creates problems, because either a user has to plug in headphones and detach from surrounding sounds (that are vital to blind people), or make their information public. Also, existing digital Braille reading devices are mostly bulky and expensive – only about 5% of visually impaired people own one.

Solution

South Korean developer Dot has produced the world’s first Braille smartwatch, and its features are just what you’d expect from a 21st century device. The dot smartwatch has a unique interface that is able to translate basic notifications for blind users by dynamically reproducing braille on its specialized surface — helping them stay connected in our modern digital world. The Dot connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth (just like any other smartwatch) and can receive any text from any app or service (think Messenger, directions from Google Maps, etc.). Users can also send simple messages using its buttons on the side. The Dot is designed as an open system, so the developers hope that other companies and individuals will develop new abilities for it. To know more about it, check this video

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