Connect with us



Can a watch for blind people even exist? You might be surprised to find out that it does – and it’s actually a really awesome piece of tech.

When asked to check the time, 99% of guys will look at their watch. It’s second nature.

From a very young age, men are taught how to tell the time. It’s simple – look at where the big hand is pointing and look at where the little hand is pointing. That’s how everyone tells the time, right?

Not quite. According to The American Foundation for the Blind:

‘Findings from the 2018 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data release established that an estimated 32.2 million adult Americans (or about 13% of all adult Americans) reported they either “have trouble” seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses, or that they are blind or unable to see at all.’

That means just under 15% of Americans would find it difficult reading the time on a basic watch face – a skill that most of us take for granted as one of the most basic qualities of life. Let’s face it; it’s not easy to find a suitable watch for blind people.

It’s an awful situation for anyone to be in. How can a man who has visual impairment organize his life if he cannot accurately tell the time whenever the need arises?

Click here to watch – The Most Interesting Watch I Own? Braille Smartwatch

That’s where The Dot Watch comes in, gents. The best watch for blind people and the visually impaired.

Dot watch is a groundbreaking Braille watch. It’s a unique timepiece that allows the visually impaired to check the time and benefit from many of the same functions a modern smartwatch would provide for Americans who can clearly see the world. It also features a word to Braile translator where you can type a word into the app and it will spell it out on the DotWatch for you. You can also find “protection skin” when you receive the DotWatch. This is a water/dust resistant function which is essential when blind people use the watch in daily life.

Click here for more information about this incredible advancement in accessibility technology.

In today’s article, I will be running you through the essential features of the best watch for blind people.

Let’s get started.


A Classic Style

A lot of functional watches on the market can be pretty ugly.

Gents, it’s often unavoidable. Some watches have specific purposes and features that require a bulky and robust design that some might consider ugly.

Let’s be honest – you’re not going to wear a shatter-resistant hiking watch with a suit or smart-casual outfit. Watches designed to withstand the harsh outdoor elements just don’t match a lot of everyday styles, which is fine. After all, you wouldn’t think twice about not wearing hiking boots to work.

But does a watch for the visually impaired need to be bulky and ugly to achieve its goal?

An accessibility timepiece’s basic purpose is to provide a convenient and easy way for the visually impaired to experience the everyday conveniences of regular smartwatch wearers. With all the clever tech and groundbreaking science that these watches showcase, you’d think watches like The Dot Watch would be pretty bulky right?

Guys, you couldn’t be more wrong.

The Dot Watch has a simple but effective minimalist design.

The best watch for blind people features a very minimalist aesthetic – the idea is that it shouldn’t look any different to a regular watch so less is definitely more as far as aesthetics are concerned.

Watches such as The Dot Watch boast a sleek and stripped back design that elevates their construction to match that of the Apple Watch or the Galaxy Watch.

As we move into the 2020s, minimalist design is on the rise. Aesthetically speaking, neutral watch faces and cool metal design reduce the clutter on a watch and give it a very classy appeal. Like a well-cut suit, a 2020 timepiece should be sharp, thoughtfully put together, and incredibly versatile.


A Simple Design

The technology we have at our disposal in the 21st Century always amazes me.

However, the more high-tech our world becomes, the more complicated it can seem. For the visually impaired, this isn’t a good thing. An accessibility watch needs to be as minimalist as possible to ensure that it’s user friendly to those who struggle to see.

Just think, even 20 years ago, a diagnosis of visual impairment would have meant a lifelong disadvantage in even the most basic of daily tasks.

Fast forward to the present day, and accessibility watches are starting to bridge the gap between style and life-changing functionality. For example, the Dot Watch blends modern touch-sensitive technology with Braille – a physical language developed by French educator Loius Braille at the start of the 19th Century.

Modern science working hand in hand with an age-old language – it’s truly an amazing thing.

What’s The Best Watch Design For The Visually Impaired?

A great accessibility smartwatch design features an easy to read Braille interface. A great example is The Dot Watch interface – featuring four braille cells on the device’s face. There are two cells on the left and the other two cells on the right from the center.

There are also two touch sensors below the second and third cell, blending physical Braille output with touch-sensitive input. As a watch for blind people, the more tactile engagement on offer, the better.

Commonly, smartwatches feature  3 functional buttons on the side of the watch face. Big brand watches like the Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy Watch utilize this layout.

On The Dot Watch, the button above the crown is the select button, and the one below it is the home button.

a man reading Braille

Through innovative Braille-based technology, users can read SMS messages, check call ID, answer/reject calls and use numerous other smartphone applications that would otherwise only be accessible to those with the ability to see what is on their screen.

Utilizing an intricate dot matrix, different numbers and letters can be displayed on the watch in Braille form. This allows seamless translation of the text-based information from the user’s smartphone.

Not only that, but Dot Watch offers a “Study Braille” Menu where you can type a word or numbers into the app and it will spell it out in Braille on your Dot Watch.


Step 1. Main

image 6487327 6 152x300 1

Step 2. Function

image 6487327 1 151x300 1

Step 3. Study Braille

image 6487327 2 149x300 1

Step 4-1. Numbers.

image 6487327 3 151x300 1

Step 4-2. Alphabets

image 6487327 4 151x300 1

Step 4-3. Playground

image 6487327 5 148x300 1


Up-To-Date Lifestyle Features

Just because someone has visual impairment doesn’t mean they should miss out on the conveniences offered to us by modern smartwatch technology.

Modern smartwatches for the blind often feature many of the same abilities as a regular smartwatch, which can be accessed by rotating the crown button on the device’s side. For example, on The Dot Watch, it’s simple to access the main menu options: simply press the ‘Home’ button so that all the Braille cells are inactive and then begin rotating the crown clockwise.

This will take you through the menu options one by one, raising the Braille markers that represent each key feature of the device.

The watch has a total of seven menus:

  • Bluetooth Connection check
  • Remaining battery check
  • Home screen
  • Notification
  • Stopwatch
  • Timer
  • Memo

Notification CenterWho’d have thought that accessing notifications through Braille would be possible on a smartwatch? It’s great, after all, the visually impaired need to check their messages just as often as those with 20/20 vision.

There are many ways accessibility smartwatches achieve this, but most tend to use voice communication that reads notifications out loud to the user.

However, this can be a bit embarrassing – not all notifications are appropriate to be read aloud to everyone within earshot!

The Dot Watch has come up with a great solution to this. Using the dot matrix, Braille markers read ‘NOTI’ to show the user they’re on the notification center option.

phone notifications

If no notifications are available, then the 4 available Braille cells will read ‘NONE’. However, if your Dot Watch is trying to notify you of something, it will immediately begin presenting the notification to you in Braille form by raising the dots on the surface of the watch face.

Pro tip: There are only 4 Braille cells available on the watch face. This means you can only read four characters at a time. However, you can quickly scroll through words and sentences by tapping the touchpads on the watch face.

Basic Time DisplayWhat’s the use of a watch that doesn’t tell you the time?

Smartwatches for the visually impaired often allow users to receive a voice reading of the time whenever they need it. However, some smartwatches can display the time on the face of the watch using Braille.

Take The Dot Watch’s interface as an example. When the watch is in rest mode (all of the Braille dots are lowered), simply pressing the select button will quickly raise the dots to show the current time in hours and minutes.

watch for blind people

Need to know the time in seconds? Easy – just press that select button again, and the watch will provide you with a time reading in seconds.

A Compatible Mobile AppFor additional features, it’s possible to integrate accessibility watches with cell phone apps.

Usually, an app acts as a great booster pack for the functionality of the watch itself. Typically, enable accessibility watches to communicate text-based, phone notifications to the wearer using voice or Braille.

Battery LifeGuys, we all know the struggle of losing smartwatch power at the worst possible moment.

Often featuring a powerful Li-Polymer 380mAh battery, the battery life of accessibility smartwatches can reach up to 5-7 days on average.

lithium battery

The Li-Polymer 380mAh battery is a battery that Samsung uses in many of its smartphones. The benefits of using this battery in a smartwatch are its size, strength, and safety.

Scientifically speaking, the Li-Polymer 380mAh battery doesn’t use a liquid-based electrolyte. This means it can have a far smaller profile and is far less likely to become faulty.

In a nutshell, using this battery means that watches can be smaller in size and safer to use.


Smartwatches For The Visually Impaired

Watches for the visually impaired come in many forms. However, most feature an audio system that communicates with the wearer via voice feedback. A good idea in theory, but not everyone wants their private messages read out loud to them in public places.

Using a Braille interface is a revolutionary way of allowing the visually impaired to read notifications, the time, and many other useful messages from their smartwatch in text form.

The Dot Watch is Dot Incorporation’s pioneering device that achieves just this. By blending modern science with age-old tactile language, The Dot Watch can make the everyday functions of a smartwatch second nature to the visually impaired.

It’s all about making sure that the visually impaired can experience smart technology’s modern conveniences without the setbacks of embarrassing voice communications or bulky watch designs.

Curious what other watches I’ve had my eye on over the past few years? Check out the 5 Rolexes I love!

The post The Braille Watch (A Smartwatch For Blind People And The Visually Impaired) appeared first on Real Men Real Style.

Read More


By: Antonio
Title: The Braille Watch (A Smartwatch For Blind People And The Visually Impaired)
Sourced From:
Published Date: Mon, 04 Jan 2021 12:55:44 +0000

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


How to wear your watch correctly



As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

old watches

When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

man wears watch

The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

stylish watch

Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

The post How To Wear A Watch The Right Way appeared first on Real Men Real Style.

Read More


By: Antonio
Title: How To Wear A Watch The Right Way
Sourced From:
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 10:19:42 +0000

Did you miss our previous article…

Continue Reading


Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)



We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

man in closet

One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

fall clothing items

After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

man wearing coat

Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

clothing on sale

As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

man shopping for clothes

You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.


man wearing overcoat

Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

leather jackets

A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.


man wearing sweater

Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.

The post Preparing Your Fall Capsule Wardrobe (Buy Now And Save $$$) appeared first on Real Men Real Style.

Read More


By: Antonio
Title: Preparing Your Fall Capsule Wardrobe (Buy Now And Save $$$)
Sourced From:
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 23:59:00 +0000

Continue Reading


The Best Zara Fragrances



We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

4Qbk tFcSNbWj04S58 QXQsAx1NOGJ2EW5BgfYj4Ey67ulm5nUzJMLNq8HMNdkps3FThHVxZUbG2kK7VkQQIumuQtVN2 ww56QbpYBb3oo8vyL0js Gz4QeX1WHYq6r 2 t sNHgJEDHbdwuZg

For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

Written by Tom Loughran

The post The Best Of Zara Fragrances first appeared on Mens Fashion Magazine.

Read More


Title: The Best Of Zara Fragrances
Sourced From:
Published Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2022 09:57:00 +0000

Did you miss our previous article…

Continue Reading