The newly unveiled Dot Watch is a wearable designed for blind people, especially those who already know or are learning to read in Braille. The device has a Braille reader on its face and can connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth for programming. It works like a regular watch that tells time, and also includes other features such as an alarm clock, navigation, and an ebook reader that can be adjusted to produce text at different speeds. The internal battery provides enough juice to keep the e-reading mode up and running for around 10 hours.
Designed in Korea, the Dot watch is still not available for purchase; it will be released later this year with a price tag of under $300. The hope, according to the company behind the device, is to spur more blind people to learn to read Braille.
Going forward, the developers plan for the device to display text messages and other notifications, and perhaps even allow wearers to connect to external devices like public cash machines and information displays to offer Braille capability just about anywhere.