First Smartwatch For The Blind Will Finally Go On Sale Next Month
Since 2014, the South Korean startup Dot has been tweaking its raison d’être – the aptly named Dot smartwatch, which uses braille to inform its visually impaired users of the time.
The watch itself boasts a smooth, futuristic white face, displaying four cells of six tiny moving components (the smart device’s answer to braille bumps). Its clean lines and pared-down design appear to have taken inspiration from Apple’s mantra of minimalism.
However, the watch encountered problems with its face. The watch, ironically, didn’t stand the test of time, at least when it came to robustness: the moving bumps that the braille comprised didn’t last particularly long when perpetually prodded.
But the kinks have now been ironed out, with Dot confirming that the watch will be commercially available from March onwards. Sporting a battery that lasts up to seven days, the smartwatch will retail at $290 (£230).