The world’s first Braille smartwatch by South Korean developer Dot. The Dot smartwatch has been in development for 3 years and the idea took off when Eric Kim, founder and CEO, came across a blind classmate hauling large books during his studies at the University of Washington. He realized that while most students were using tablet devices in class, this particular student wasn’t able to take advantage of the new technologies widely available and also, existing digital Braille reading devices are mostly bulky and expensive. The company shifted their focus from expensive legacy devices in order to implement their technology to wearables.
The Dot displays information using 4 active dynamic Braille cells, and its users can select the speed at which the characters update. 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 also supports Open API, which means that anyone can develop or adapt apps for it.