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Dot is the first smartwatch designed for the visually impaired that eschews audio prompts for a tactile touchscreen. It receives smartphone information including texts, notifications and directions by way of Bluetooth which is then translated into mobile braille using four cells of six balls each that are displayed on its round face. The wearer sends replies or takes simple actions using two side buttons. Dot features a sleek, minimal face which is covered by a protective bezel. It has a seven-day battery life and comes with a magnetic charging base. The watch also has open-source software to encourage developers to improve and refine its performance.

The South Korean start-up will begin shipping product this month.

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