There’s a new smartwatch soon to be coming to market, but it’s designed for blind people, especially those who already know or are learning to read in Braille. The Dot watch has a Braille reader on its face and can connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth for programming. It works as a regular watch that tells time that also includes an alarm feature, and that can also provide navigation information when going on your own for a stroll. The main idea of the device, though, is to be an ebook reader that is always there and easily accessible.
It syncs wirelessly to download books into its memory that can then be accessed on the wrist. The Korean startup that plans on shipping the Dot is forecasting it will costs under $300 and hopes that it will spur more blind people to learn to read Braille. It can be adjusted to produce text at different speeds, depending on the reader’s ability. It has a battery life of about ten hours, of course depending on the reader’s speed.
The developers also plan for the device to display text messages and other notifications, as well as one day even pair up with external devices like public cash machines and information displays to offer Braille capability just about anywhere.
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(hat tip: Engadget)