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Lions Innovation 2018

Award Type: Advertising Awards

Lions Innovation 2018 Gold winners

Dot. The first Braille Smartwatch, 3

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Industry Mobile phones, devices & accessories
Media Digital, Interactive & Mobile, Design & Branding
Market Germany, South Korea
Agency Serviceplan Korea
Executive Creative Director Bill Yom
Agency Serviceplan Munich
Executive Creative Director Jae-Seong Joo
Creative Director Lorenz Langgartner, Franz Roeppischer
Art Director Henning Janzen, Azim Abasbek, Kostiantyn Liakhov
Copywriter Rohan Vitus Fernandes
Producer Guy Citron, Lars Ruch
Editor Isabelle Fournet
Released April 2016


Epica Awards 2016
Design Product Design Gold
Creative Technology Creative Technology Silver

Credits & Description

Making The World Accessible, Dot by Dot.
Brand: Dot Incorporation
Product/Service: Product Innovation
Entrant Company: Serviceplan
Agency Network: Serviceplan/Serviceplan Korea, Munich/Seoul
Production Company: Commondeer Llc, Los Angeles
Production Studio: coreastudios, Seoul
Client: Dot Incorporation, Seoul
Other: nhb Next, Hamburg
Chief Creative Officer: Alexander Schill
Ceo: Eric Ju Yoon Kim
Marketing Manager: Ahrum Choi
Executive Creative Director: Bill Yom
Executive Creative Director: Jae-Seong Joo
Creative Director: Franz Roeppischer
Creative Director: Lorenz Langgartner
Copywriter: Rohan Vitus Fernandes
Art Director: Azim Abasbek
Art Director: Kostiantyn Liakhov
Art Director: Henning Janzen
Corporate Communications / Brand Manager: Susan Kim
Creative Operations Manager: Diane Schulz
Graphic Design: Jung-Seok Lee
Senior Motion Designer: Dennis Fritz
Chief Technical Officer: Ki Seong
Agency Producer Film: Henning Rieseweber
Producer: Lars Ruch
Producer: Guy Citron
Director: Serge Hoeltschi
Cinematographer: Alexander Alexandrov
Sound Designer: Woo-Kyun Jang
Editor: Isabelle Fournet
Special Effects: Lennert Schrader
Head of nhb Next: Felicitas Stahnke
Ceo: Y.K. Yoo
Innovation Director: Per Juul Poulsen
While we are all used to the benefits of modern technology in all aspects of life, from communication to entertainment and transport, the situation is very different for the 285 million blind and visually impaired people worldwide:
Only 3% of all digital text content is available in Braille, because material is expensive and translation requires human understanding, which makes it unprofitable in most cases. There is no alternative to Braille, especially when it comes to education: 90% of people who can’t read Braille are unemployed.
In 2016, Dot Incorporation set out to give the visually impaired access to mobile communication with the first Braille smartwatch. Now, we are creating access to content, with Dot Mini. The first smart media device for the visually impaired. It makes any digital context accessible through the innovative AI Dot Translation Engine based on Machine Learning.
Start Development Core Technology
Company Incorporation
First Patent Granted
Dot Watch Prototype
Dot Watch Closed Beta
Dot Watch Launch
Dot Mini Prototype
Cannes Lions Innovation Gold
Dot Translation Engine Development
Dot Mini Closed Beta
Dot Pad Prototype
Dot Watch Consumer Marketing in USA, Asia and Europe
Dot Mini Launch
Dot Pad Closed Beta
First 1000 Dot Mini units delivered to Kenya and India together with South Korean development agency KOICA
Latest Patent Granted
Dot Pad Launch
Dot Public Launch
Dot Incorporation was founded in 2014 to produce innovative tactile devices. So far, the portfolio includes two released and two unreleased products, that each on their own and in different aspects are life-changing for 285 million blind and visually impaired people: From mobile communication and access to content to transport and public spaces. From reading text messages and books to visualization of graphic content
Over 300,000 Dot Smartwatch units sold.
First 1000 Dot Mini units are gradually being delivered to India and Kenya through Korean development agency.
40,000 Dot Mini units pre-ordered for 2018.
Partnerships with big content platforms like Rakuten Kobo and Yes24 for direct access to more than 200,000 books.
Dot Incorporation has grown from 3 people to 26, including the visually impaired, e.g. with Dot Mates, the individual customer support program.
All Dot devices feature Active Braille Displays with innovative (70 patents) Dot Technology, uniquely based on magnetism, which reduces size, weight, power consumption and price by up to ten times.
Dot Smartwatch is connected to the smartphone via Bluetooth and can receive any text information from any app or service, for a wide range of applications: From
Dot Mini can access digital text files from online libraries and websites, local and network storage.
Full audio support with speaker, headphones and microphone allow multisensory experiences like Karaoke and even watching movies with automatically generated text description.
Intuitive Control Elements including wheel, select and menu button and scroll buttons make interactive applications like calculation, editing and even games possible.
The Dot Translation Engine can automatically convert any digital text file into Grade 2 Braille.
Machine Learning depends largely on training. That’s why we strategically partner with big content platforms like Rakuten Kobo (global) and Yes24 (market leader in Japan) to use their huge content libraries (already more than 200,000 books), to continuously improve the Dot Translation Engine.
Campaign Description
Dot Incorporation was founded in 2014 to produce innovative tactile devices.
Starting in 2014 with the Dot Smartwatch, the first Braille smart watch, which makes mobile communication possible for the visually impaired.
In 2018, Dot Mini is introduced to create access to any digital text content. Because the innovative Dot Translation Engine based on AI applies Machine Learning to understand context and translate to Grade 2 Braille, which is on average up to 50% shorter.
Dot Mini provides additional audio support, which makes consuming content much faster, effective and enjoyable. All in a device that’s multiple times smaller, more lightweight, less power consuming and cheaper than conventional devices.
Dot Public is in the first steps of being installed in the airport of Oman and millions of vending machines in Japan.
Dot Pad is in development and will bring tactile communication from reading to visualization in 2019.