First Braille Smartwatch Allows The Blind To Read Texts From Phone

February 27, 2017

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This is the Dot Smartwatch. It's a watch that connects to a phone via Bluetooth and can display messages for the blind using four dynamic braille cells. It can read virtually any message from a phone include texts, emails, map directions, etc. Previous smart devices for the blind relied on sound to communicate messages, this one is silent so nosy people on the bus can't eavesdrop. The Dot has been in development for about three years and will retail for around $320. Well that sounds reasonable. If somebody had asked me how much I'd expect it to cost I would have guessed at least $12,000. Of course I've never made it past Contestant's Row on The Price Is Right either, so there's that.

Keep going for a couple more pictures and a heartwarming video of people trying it for the first time.

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Thanks to Cynthia, who agrees if you know how to read braille, you can read with your eyes closed.

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