Within the past few years, smart watch market has been overflowed. There have been so many alternatives that it is almost impossible to make a choice. Among all these smart watch alternatives, there was no smart watch developed for the blind and visually impaired people until Dot Braille Smart Watch was released. Dot seems to close the gap on the market.
Dot is a smart watch which was made up of active Braille alphabets that blind users can read. According to the reports of the World Health Organization (WHO) there are approximately 39 million totally blind people and 289 million suffering from visual impairment in the world. The low literacy rate among visually impaired people and the limited and expensive materials are the main factors in this project. Dot plans to address these problems one by one.
Dot looks like Fitbit or Pebble by visual means. Different from these devices, Dot has a 4-cell module with 6 active points on the surface. 4 Braille characters in a single pass can be seen in this module. The character display speed can be set from 1Hz to 100Hz. The device has a battery life of 10 hours which is equivalent to 5 days.
The user can connect the Braille Smart watch with another Bluetooth-enabled device and messages from applications can be read via the Braille alphabet. It is an inevitable fact that 90% of the blinds are subsequently having no access to information; Dot plans to develop the access of the visually impaired people to e-book applications. It also aims to close the gap of 95% in Braille learning. Compared to the expensive Braille e-readers on the market, Dot’s $ 300 price will be the reason of preference for the visually impacted and blind people.