Braille Wrist Watch

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  1. THTanner

    THTanner Registered User
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  2. JTD

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    Not sure what they mean by 'finally' - Braille watches have been available for many, many years.

    Then came quartz ones which could speak to you instead of you having to read the dial with your fingers and now we have an electronic one with its moving dots.

    But it's not a new idea - just a modernised version of an old one.

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  3. darrahg

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    This watch (The Bradley) has been out for several years now and is not only for vision impaired persons but those that just like neat watches.

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  4. Chris Radek

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    My blind acquaintance uses a watch with two hands and a flip-up bezel/crystal. He flips up the lid and feels the hands, which are more stout than typical hands.

    I can't imagine why someone would design a watch for the blind that syncs with a smart phone over bluetooth to get the time, instead of, you know, just letting you set it and then keeping time. Smart phones (touch screens) have got to be the worst possible user interface for a blind person.

    But then I don't understand why most "smart" devices are designed the way they are.
     
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  5. Nookster

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    or if you want a vintage one.
     
  6. PatH

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    Although not a wristwatch, this one is vintage. I didn't get to see the movement on this one, but the dial definitely appears to have been used. As Chris said of his friend's watch, the hands seem to be more durable than normally found on a pocket watch.

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  7. glenhead

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    The hands are stouter, yes. In the half-dozen I've done for people the upper end of the canon pinions have been drilled out and tapped for a retaining screw, too, so the hands don't come loose. The normal canon pinion for the non-Braille versions of the movements have solid tips. They've all been danged nice movements and keep excellent time. Maxi still sells them. The people who depend on them really like the simplicity and the stealthy time-telling they provide. All three of them have touch-screen smartphones and use the voice interface to do things, but none of them uses the phone to tell the time. I don't know if they're oddballs in the blind community (well, actually, they're all danged oddballs, but that's another story), but that's how they tell time. One of the gals has a quartz version of the ladies' Braille watch, but she doesn't like it. The added drag of fondling the hands goes through batteries like there's no tomorrow, so she really prefers the mechanical movements.

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  8. Nookster

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    Here is a vintage one.

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  9. michael-35

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    Hi Nookster, do you have mor info of this hamilton or early Braille wristwatches?
     
  10. Nookster

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    I don't know much about this watch, I bought it on Ebay 15-20 years ago. Don't know much a\bout it. I would guess custom made by owner.
     

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