Dot: Transforming Life for the Visually Impaired

Products to aid visual impairments are not something we typically see on the market. Many visually impaired people face challenges in their daily activities. They cannot drive cars, read signs, look at their phones, send a text message, or even read the time. This can deprive independence. However, modern tech is offering new ways for the visually impaired to live life easier with Dot.

Dot began in Seoul, South Korea when the founders noticed how difficult society was for the blind and visually impaired. They saw very few signs written with braille and the technology that was designed to built braille signs was very bulky and expensive. As a result, Dot was created to improve the lives and wellbeing of the blind and visually impaired. The watch can connect to a smartphone and is engineered with a complex core to present braille lettering on the surface. The braille can be used for the visually impaired to read a phone’s text message, date and time, and notifications. This feature is truly innovative since it gives these individuals a chance to use their phones without assistance.

However, Dot doesn’t stop at just making watches; another goal this company aims to accomplish is to create devices that can read more than just phone messages. In the future, Dot aims to create tablets in order to help close the information gap the blind and visually impaired face on a daily basis. Similar to the watch, the tablet will be able to present braille versions of books, which make it easier for them to study. What makes this great is that Dot even has plans to create the Dot Mini, a smaller version of the pad. The company had even partnered with KOICA’s CTS Project to help blind and visually impaired people in developing nations complete their education and improve braille literacy overall. Dot is also planning to create braille signs with their technology in public spaces in order to give the blind and visually impaired more control over their own lives. Not only does Dot have innovative technology that will help the visually impaired and blind live their lives more comfortably, but it has great potential for the market. If Dot’s plans are successful, there’s no doubt that more technology will be created to help more disabled individuals.


Catherine DeGroot

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