Dot introduces Braille to smartwatch

Powered by Dot’s Dot Rotor technology, the Dot Watch is believed to be the first smartwatch to use Braille, bringing the smartwatch to the blind.

It is, says Dot, the first time Braille has been integrated into an electronic device.

The wearer touches the display and feels the Braille dots in two block of Braille dots on the face of the watch. 

The watch vibrates for notifications which can also be read in Braille. The watch, although chunky is still concerned with design style and has a leather strap, in a choice of colours and a light, anodised aluminium case.

The watch operates using four dot cells, of 24 dots for Braille and operates from a Li-polymer 400mAh battery. The wireless microcontroller includes a 32-bit ARM Cortex M4F M0, and the Dot watch is Bluetooth low energy-enabled and has a touch sensor and shaft horizontal vibration motor.

Dot is based in South Korea and plans to follow the launch of Korean and English language Dot Watches in English-speaking countries and Korea, with launches in Japanese, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Polish, Swedish, Spanish, Portugese, Danish, Dutch and Chinese versions.

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