Behold the world's first Braille smartwatch

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Mar 2, 2017, 2:27 PM EST (Updated)

In what could become the practical fashion accessory of choice for sightless superheroes and fantasy characters like Daredevil, Doctor Mid-Nite, Destiny, Rogue One's Chirrut Imwe or even the Three Blind Mice, scientists have created the world's first functional Braille smartwatch to assist the blind in the digital age.

The Dot Smartwatch is a strap-on wristwatch that operates with four sets of six balls which raise and lower magnetically, allowing it to display four Braille characters at a time to be used as a timekeeper, timer, stopwatch and alarm. Above and beyond those capabilities the Dot watch also is equipped with an Internet connection and can display text messages and ultimately more advanced functions like navigation and simple search inquiries. Tests with Braille users confirm a reading speed of around 30 words per minute.

Check out the demonstration video below from the Korean designer, DOT Inc. and peer into the workings of this amazing device that will help the vision-impaired extend their sensory input via technology. After spending the last year in production and refinement, these ultra-cool Braille smartwatches will begin shipping in April for a cost of $200.

(via Geeks are Sexy)