Many of the things we take for granted can be challenging and difficult for blind people – smartphones especially have much less utility for them, as do smartwatches. Enter the stage Dot – the world’s first Braille smartwatch could close that gap, allowing people without sight to use and interact with smart devices.
The Braille alphabet is a tactile writing system used by the blind and the visually impaired. It is traditionally written with embossed paper, but now, it could move to the electronic area. The device uses a refreshable Braille display composed of an array of active dots that are capable of projecting four Braille characters at a time and can be customized.
“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,” said Eric Ju Yoon Kim, Dot’s co-founder and CEO, in an interview with Colin Moreshead from Tech in Asia. “Dot can be their lifeline, so they can learn Braille and access everyday information through their fingers, which is the goal of Braille literacy.”