Dot Watch is a world-first smart watch which displays information in braille.
As online design magazine Dezeen reports, the minimalist design timepiece created by South Korea’s Dot, features a large circular face with a moving keyboard that relays braille text in real time.
While its main function is to tell the time and date, the watch can be connected to a smartphone app to receive information such as road navigation, weather notifications, calls and text messages, as well as social media alerts.
Made from silver aluminium, the Dot Watch uses four electromagnetic actuators that seamlessly relay information through textural dots. These automatically adopt the formations of braille numbers and symbols.
Dot claims that while other braille displays read one line at a time, the display on the Dot Watch is active. It is designed to “pass by the user’s fingertips as if it were on a moving belt”, says Alex Lee, Dot’s sales and marketing director.
The technology is touch-sensitive, meaning that the second a user takes their finger off the final dot in a sentence, the braille formation changes to the next. The user is able to flip between messages by tapping the face of the watch or manually by using the side buttons and dial.
The company believes the Dot Watch is pushing forward innovations in braille technology, “while sending a message to the vision-impaired that there are people like us who want to make cool things for them”.
South Korean design studio Cloudandco were behind the visual styling of the Dot Watch. It sought to create a product with a clean, minimal look that was non-intrusive and comfortable for the wearer. Dot have likened the face of the watch to the designs of Dieter Rams and Dietrich Lubs for Braun.
Read more about the Dot Watch and view more images on Dezeen.