Worldwide, an estimated 285 million people have limited vision. In contrast, there’s not much information around the web about how many wearables and smart things have been created for improving their lives.
When I hear about the future and the connected, smart cities, I can only imagine technologically advanced civilizations where there’s a piece of tech-cake for everyone in the party, which means access to information is not limited by factors like cost or scarcity of innovation.
In fact, we are used to the idea we are all going to die. However, technology is advancing so fast I would dare to say it might make us immortals. In the meantime, I’m sure it is at least helping us live longer than before.
Smart Braille: wearable inclusion for the visually impaired
Now, there’s a game changer in the field of smartwatches, at least for blind persons: Dot Watch.
Louis Braille devised the now famous language in relief almost two hundred years ago. Today, it still allows people with limited vision to write and to read in an effective way. Thanks to this smart gadget for sightless people, braille has been turned into an official dialect of tomorrow’s smart cities.
So although Mr. Braille never knew neither a smartphone nor a smartwatch, the fusion envisioned by Dot’s creators of those two devices with the ancient communication code gave a connected wearable that takes braille to an unexpected level.
Through smart braille, people will be able not only to check the time, but to go over messages, access social networks, check GPS information, control smart homes and program alarms, among other incredible features.
A major step forward in privacy
The most innovative part is that, unlike other watches for the visually impaired, Dot does not use audio messages.
Could you imagine a voice assistant like Siri screaming out loud your private messages, your Facebook notifications, or even your Tinder matches? Even though we read all of them on our smart devices, we invest on anti-spy screen protectors!
Clearly, I know someone could easily suggest using headphones, but if you had no vision, would you like to spend your life disconnected even more by the use of ear plugs?
Machine learning at your service
Among other features, the device offers braille education so that the language is not a problem for those who aren’t used to it. There will also be “access to even greater knowledge and information,” in the pipeline with its other products: the Dot Mini, an educational braille reader, and the coming Kindle-like Dot Pad.