HUB is always on the hunt for smart technology designed beautifully, and a certain watch has recently caught our eye…
A smart watch device for the visually impaired has recently arrived on the market by South Korean startup, DOT. This sleek watch has a digital Braille reading device across it’s face where communication is made easy for those who are visually impaired. Made from light durable aluminium to keep weight down (just 27 grams), it measures 43mm across and 12.5mm thick. The Dot watch battery life between recharges cycles (via USB) is longer than most smartwatch devices. DOT comes with full smartwatch functionality: time, timer, alarm, stopwatch, gyroscope and accelerometer.
DOT is connected to the smartphones through Bluetooth and can receive any information in text-form, from any app or service, for example texts, directions, and more. It has a crown and two buttons for input – e.g. quick reply, accept calls, remote control. The company claims to have 140,000 customers already lined up, including music legend Stevie Wonder.
Eric Juyoon Kim, founder and CEO of Dot, said the watch is just the first step in a bigger picture offering the Blind and Visually Impaired, especially those in developing markets, where the vast majority of visually impaired reside. They also have plans in cooperation with Google for the 2018 lauch of the Dot Pad, a tactile Kindle-like reader that will display shapes and images through tactile buttons.
The company plans to ship its first 100,000 watches by the end of 2017, retailing at $290.