Dot Mini

Education is often overlooked by polarizing circumstances, such as location, gender, finances and disability. When it comes to visually impaired children of developing countries, access to education is quite a concern, usually going unnoticed by the rest of the world.
Naturally, such reality should be more of a pertinent and a magnified issue, but simple awareness does not warrant realistic and visible improvements in truly solving an educational crisis.
We wanted to address and make plausible headway in providing a basic human right to those experiencing a cyclical, generational poverty affecting millions of souls.

Of Africa’s 1.2 billion people, approximately 3% are visually impaired. Out of that 3%, 80% are unemployed.
The lack of ability to connect to the wealth of information is worse than imagination and monumentally difficult to eradicate the problem.
Our goal is tackle this widespread complication by developing a cost-effective, highly-mobile braille assistive device: aptly named the DOT MINI, which utilizes a cutting-edge, multi-actuator display technology to facilitate accessible educational content for the vision-impaired.

The image shows a female Kenyan child, holding a white prototype of the Dot Mini device, with her fingers over the braille cells and smiling at the photographer. She’s in front of a white-painted wall.
The images shows two Kenyan gentlemen, both dressed in white button-up shirts and sunglasses, glancing at the Dot Mini prototype with their hands joined on the device. There’s a water bottle in the foreground on the table.

Dot Mini’s Selected Highlights:

Widely available at an affordable price point, but uncompromising on quality.
Lightweight and not cumbersome for adolescent access.
Supports educational material and curriculum, based on braille and tactile systems.
A functioning standalone device for independent pursuit of education,
regardless of access to centralized facilities and/or organizations.

 

With the critical partnership with KOICA’s CTS Project, we are planning to launch the DOT MINI for the eastern African region at the end of 2018. As our ultimate goal points to improving global braille literacy exponentially, we have been specifically focused on the topic of accessible braille education for the developing countries. By reaching to a larger population of lower-income communities, we aim to improve not just literacy and education, but livelihoods as a whole. We’re confident that our vision will accompany our DOT MINI as a de facto instrument in breaking down the barriers of accessible education for all.

The image shows three female Kenyan children in a playground. There are four other children in the background, playing. The three female children in the foreground are smiling and two of them are looking at the camera, dressed in dark and light jackets, a dark sweater, and dark beanies.