The Dot Watch is a wearable device that connects to your mobile device.
It is completely practical and easy-to-use for the wearer.
One prominent difference between the existing smart watches and ‘Dot,’ is within the usage scope accessing information in Braille rather than using text or graphics.
To achieve this, a state-of-the-art, refreshable Braille Display is used.
It utilizes cutting-edge, electro-dynamic cells to seamlessly relay information.
In such an active era, our device aims to outfit the ones deemed 'limited' or 'immobile'.
With a single touch, get connected to your friends and family and to the world.
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Go beyond conventional.
This is not your average technology.
This is not your average technology.
An estimated 285 million people in the world are visually impaired; this includes legally blind and visually limited persons. For the past two decades there have been no new innovations regarding visually impaired technology. Available technology for visually impaired people (VIP) is expensive, bulky and often limited and only around 5% of visually-impaired people worldwide have the privilege of owning Braille devices. Educational and day to day life for VIPs has remained severely limited.
We were successful in mass-producing our core technology: the electro-magnetic actuator. These actuators are what you see in the Dot Watch. Our feat was drastically minimizing the size and the cost of the current market standard – the piezo-electric cell, which is still used by today through many electronic braille devices. Dot cell is the smallest, most cost-efficient, and the most mobile technology for electronic braille displaying. The Dot cell is the first mass producible, scalable, and affordable actuator technology. It offers an excellent performance at 1/10 of the price, when compared with the existing braille cell technologies.
Keeping it real.
In schools, amusement parks, airports, and more, our journey ventures into different aspects of life.
The Dot Mini enhances our vision of supplying educational devices to the visually impaired. The Dot Mini braille (16 cells) device is set to come out in 2018, with a focus on bringing education to visually impaired children in developing countries who are not able to afford costly devices. By providing a cost-effective solution for education, more children will have the opportunity to study. Eventually, this will help diminish discrimination within society.
With the given success of the Dot Watch and its evident global market entry in various market demographics, the Dot Pad will be the next product to make an impactful social change in the fields of education, employment, and access to information for the blind and the visually impaired. Also, with the huge available memory of the Pad, vast amount of information could be stored and accessed– enabling one to read books whenever or wherever he or she may want. There are endless possibilities and usage with this multi-layered display.
With a multi-layered display, visually impaired people can feel graphics such as shapes and sizes. There are huge implications behind this because its application is vast. For example, it can be applied to games for the visually impaired using the multi-layered tactile display, it can be applied to comics which will become a more engaging entertainment, and it can even be used in classrooms to illustrate charts, diagrams, and more to students. When browsing the web, users will be able to go over images, texts, and the overall content with the Dot Pad.
We're closely looking into the prospect of creating braille modules for the public. Upon completion, the braille module will be modified to appear in various places: transportation infrastructure, home appliances, and in everyday environments. Adding braille display modules in public transportation areas will allow the visually impaired people to have more accurate information. It will allow the people to use the public transports with comfort. When we imagine the future of smart technology, it always leads to a city an effective overhaul of innovating an entire ecosystem. This small technology that can serve to change the way our visually impaired people interacts with bus stops, elevators, bank ATMs, or even driverless cars of the near-future.
Stand to be the change.
“Braille is bread. Braille is love.”
We attempt to be the very bridge for the visually impaired people to the information world with a cost effective, easy-to-carry, braille assistive device using the multi-active actuator technique along with additional technical and educational content. Such features will help the visually impaired people to self-learn.
Simultaneously, we are on the forefront of creating awareness about the importance of braille literacy in order to gain support for education and affordable alternatives for the visually impaired market. These efforts were recognized in startup competitions such as Slush Tokyo 2017 and Get in the Ring 2016 as well as 20+ design awards from all over the world including Cannes Lions Golden Lion award, Good Design 100 award, and Wallpaper*’s “Life-enhancer of the Year” Design award which all eventually helped bring together successful attention to this subject.
If you are a group, an organization,
or a leader in your community and share our vision,
we welcome any partnerships, collaborations, and sponsorships to truly reach each and every individual and create an impact.