Dot Watch could be a lifesaver for the more than 400 million people who can’t read a watch face, let alone the typical smartwatch font.
Dot Watch (website here) uses braille – a sleek grid of rising and falling dots that spell out braille words four characters at a time. Dot Watch also has touch sensors to navigate, back and forth.
It transcribes real-time updates from whatever device it’s connected to. Facebook alerts, texts, emails, and virtually any other mobile notification – instantly.
Eric, the CEO of Dot, said “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response the Dot Watch has received globally. Expansion into Australia represents the next chapter in our journey, and it’s great to get the support from eBay to help us reach and make a difference to the hundreds of thousands of people living with vision impairment.”
What is a Dot Watch?
A round, white watch with two sets of four-character braille. Available for either an Android or iOS device.
Via the app, you select what notifications to receive. It buzzes (haptic), and the message starts. Dot Watch charge lasts about ten days and charges via a USB charger pad.
eBay’s Senior Director of Product & Shipping, David Ramadge said, “We are excited to launch the world’s first braille smartwatch on ebay.com.au. Diversity and inclusion are key drivers of the culture at eBay, so it was a no-brainer to partner with Dot to continue to provide one of the widest range of assistive products online.”
Dot Watch tech details
The Dot Watch is the first Braille Smartwatch. It displays the date and exact time. Standalone functions include a stopwatch, timer, and customizable alarms.
When connected to a mobile device, the value of the refreshable braille display becomes so much more. Users can receive real-time information such as text messages, emails, Facebook, WhatsApp, and any selected notifications.