The Dot Braille Smartwatch Ships Next Month
on 22 February 2017
South Korean start-up Dot will begin shipping their Dot smartwatch in March of this year to 100,000 customers (40,000 more are on the waitlist and can expect delivery in 2018). The timepiece has been under development since 2014 and the most recent snag came from durability tests. Foregoing audio prompts, the Dot watch displays four braille characters on its screen. A wearer can reply through two side buttons. The watch can receive smartphone information by way of Bluetooth—texts, notifications, directions—and translate to braille. This piece is only a portion of what Dot has in mind to aid blind or visually impaired people, with a tablet also in the works, made in partnership with Google.