This Braille Smartwatch Helps the Visually Impaired Communicate

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Aug 7, 2015
References: fingerson.strikingly & gizmag
The Dot is an aptly named Braille smartwatch, created by a South Korean startup, that relays the time to visually impaired wearers with a series of pins that rise and fall. Wearers can receive and read text messages in real-time, read e-books and even learn Braille using the Dot.

The smartwatch is equipped with 24 active pins spread across four cells, allowing it to display four Braille characters at a time. This setup lets users read information in real-time by linking their Braille smartwatch to any Bluetooth-enabled device. For example, when a user receives a text message on their phone, an app translates it to Braille and sends it to the smartwatch via Bluetooth, with the display pins then doing their thing.

This Braille smartwatch is a brilliant idea in itself, but its developers are now looking to use the same technology and implement it in public spaces such as train stations, information kiosks, banks, etc.