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1111Develop a whole new category of accessible applications for the first real-time tactile graphics display — Dot Pad.

Graphs, equations, photos, documents, art, and more. Dot Pad goes beyond words to make graphics tactile. This opens up a new world of content for users and new opportunities for developers.

Dot Pad Tablet
Key Features

Built for a new sense.

  • Real-time

    Unlike existing solutions, Dot Pad provides output with real-time refreshing cells, allowing users to consume more dynamic content than ever before.

  • Dot Actuators

    Dot Pad’s cells are powered by the innovative Dot actuator technology: ten times smaller, lighter, and more energy efficient than conventional devices.

  • Dual Display

    Dot Pad has two areas for graphics and text, giving users the opportunity to seamlessly switch between different types of content.

  • Connectivity

    Dot Pad can be connected to the iPhone or iPad with a simple Bluetooth or USB-C connection. No extra installations required.

  • Integration

    Dot Pad works with iOS screenreader VoiceOver to detect and convert graphic assets into tactile output for the cells.

  • Image Explorer

    The buttons on the Dot Pad allows users to go into the details of the image with options to invert, zoom, and pan.

  • Image Processing

    Edge Detection through VoiceOver is used to convert graphic assets into tactile output for the cells.

Dot Pad Use Cases
Use Cases

Applications made tactile.

  • Dot Pad opens up a new category of app development for different scenarios:

  • Tactile graphics digitalizes education or the visually impaired who once relied on physical materials for studying graphs, diagrams, equations, and more.

  • Dot Pad boosts diverse creativity by giving the visually impaired the power to create on their tablet and convert it (in real-time) to tactile graphics.

  • All kinds of media from the entertainment industry, which were once restricted to alt-text, are now accessible through the Dot Pad.

  • With tactile decks, plans, and reports, Dot Pad makes the workplace more inclusive to create more employment opportunities for the visually impaired.

  • Apart from the above, simple applications like camera, map, messaging, and social media in tactile formats make daily-life more accessible.

Dot Pad Skizze
Specifications

Elegant design. First of its kind.

  • The dual display has 30x10 cells for graphics and 20x1 cells for text.
  • Buttons help navigate across the object.
  • The processor used is an ARM Cortex M4 32-bit 120 MHz
  • RAM of 64 kB and flash memory of 128kB.
  • Enabled with Bluetooth LE V5.0 for connectivity and two USB-C ports for data transfer and charging.
  • Portable in size 273.6(L) x 228.5(W) x 16.3(H) mm, and lightweight (1.2 kg)
  • Battery lasts up to 11 hours based on usage.
Dot Pad Development
Development

Start building tactile.

  • Development Environment

    Development is supported by the latest Xcode with Xcode 13 or higher, which requires a Mac device with MacOS 12 Monterey or later. AxBrailleMap is included in the Cocoa Framework.

  • AxBrailleMap

    Dot Pad works with AxBrailleMap which is one of Apple's Accessibility APIs that supports displaying visual information such as images and graphs using braille.

  • VoiceOver

    VoiceOver checks if an image is available and calls to produce tactile output on the Dot Pad. Text information detected by VoiceOver is converted to braille output on the text panel.

  • Tactile File format

    Dot has proposed a tactile graphic file format which would store the required tactile map information to produce better tactile output on the Dot Pad.

Impact millions of lives with innovative accessible apps.

Get in touch
Resources
SDK Guide Github
Sample Code Github
Dev Tools Github
AxBrailleMap Apple Dev
VoiceOver Apple Dev

Discover the Dot Pad in action at CSUN Assistive Technology Conference 2022 and SightCity.

About Dot

For years, Dot Inc. has been innovating with tactile communication and braille. With every device, the world became easier to navigate for the visually impaired. After the braille smartwatch, digital text translator, and AI braille translation engine comes the Dot Pad.

Visit dotincorp.com