Voice assistants have made contactless control of a smartphone or searching for information on the network much easier. Thanks to them, the blind can also take advantage of the Internet, but not in every situation voice commands work. Startup Dot showed up on a CES tablet, which instead of the screen has retractable tabs for using the braille.
The tablet for the blind and visually impaired in its functionality is not very different from the classic counterparts, although it is close to more advanced e-books. The Dot Mini is similar in size and style to the Kindle. The tablets are all white, but on their front panel we will not find a single screen. At least not in the traditional sense of the word. The most important part of the device is a series of protrusions that hide and extend in such a way as to fit 16 characters of the Braille alphabet into lines. In addition to them, there are also several buttons, which facilitates control, an input for a mini-jack, a speaker and an SD card reader.
What can a user do on the Dot Mini besides reading books and listening to music? First of all, use web surfing and read letters. The tablet has a built-in translator that translates text from English to Braille recording. The potential of the tablet is much greater. The device code is open, and the manufacturer hopes that developers will also develop interactive applications tailored to this device. Dot Mini also supports voice commands, which can be useful when searching on a search engine.