World’s first smartwatch for blind users launches this month

The much-awaited smartwatch launched by Dot uses braille face to communicate time, messages, and much more to wearers.

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Designed by South Korean start-up, Dot, the new Braille smartwatch will finally hit the shelves on March after three years of delays. The tactile round face displays four cells of six balls each which allows blind users to read text messages and social media notifications.

According to Mashable, Eric Juyoon Kim, founder and CEO of Dot, said that “the watch is just the first step in a bigger picture offering braille devices to the blind, especially those in developing markets, where the vast majority of visually-impaired reside.”

The company is aiming to ship 100,000 of these smartwatches in 2017 and 40,000 will be on the waiting list for next year.

The watch also features a built-in accelerometer, gyroscope and navigation functions, which allows wearers use Google Maps.

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