Feel the time with the Dot

The Dot smartwatch for the visually impaired

The world’s first Braille smartwatch is here… meet the Dot.

It uses Bluetooth to sync with your phone like any other smartwatch — but instead of displaying messages on a touch screen, the Dot relies on a grid of rising and falling dots that spell out Braille words, four characters at a time.

With a display that can be adjusted to suit the wearer’s preferred reading speed, the Dot transcribes real-time updates from Facebook, texts, emails, GPS directions, and any other mobile notification. Users can also send simple messages using a small set of buttons on the watch’s side.

Previous smart devices for the visually impaired relied on audio notifications, but the Dot uses the more private, tactile appeal of Braille to share information.