South Korean company, Dot, has come up with the world’s first braille smartwatch and it’s pretty spectacular. The display on the smartwatch can impress up to four braille characters at a time and the user has full control over how fast those characters are presented to them. The Dot does exactly what you would expect from a smartwatch, keeps time, does navigation, has Bluetooth, text messaging and an alarm. Battery life is said to be 10 hours of active refreshing, or the equivalent of five days of use.
‘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,’ Eric Ju Yoon Kim, Dot’s co-founder and CEO, told 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.’
It’s great to see products like The Dot because we so often forget that there are those with disabilities who still need to do the same things those of us without disabilities do. This gives the blind a great tool they can use in their daily lives to improve the quality of life. Check out The Dot’s website at the link below and let us know what you think of the first braille smartwatch in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.