Designer Hyungsoo Kim has created a watch for blind people that lets them feel the time.
A watch that lets the Blind ‘Feel’ the time
He got the idea for his timepiece attending a class at MIT when a blind student seated next to him asked him for the time. He created a company named Eone Timepieces, to design a solution, The Bradley ”a tactile watch that uses ball bearings instead of hands to let you feel what time it is”.
How does it work?
The stylish time piece uses two ball bearings one for the hours, the other one for the minutes. The balls are connected to the watch face with magnets. The magnets allow the ball bearings to move back when the wearer touch them, then spring back into place with a simple shake of the wrist.
The watch is a Kickstarter project right now.
When Fashion Meets Function
Eone Timepieces designers were surprised to find that blind users they worked with during the different watch creation’s steps, were as concerned with how The Bradley will look as they were with how it will work. The company reports that in almost every meeting the first questions were about the design, material, size, color, and style of the prototypes. The Bradley was designed to be easy to read with touch, and to offer a crisp classic and modern aesthetic.
- Diameter: 40 mm
- Height: 11.5 mm
- Material: titanium (front face and side) & stainless steel (back)
- Color straps: cotton fabric (front) & leather (back)
- Quartz (watch movement): Ronda Quartz (Swiss made)
- Water-proof: 50 m
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