Tactile watch for blind shows time with ball bearings

(Credit: Kickstarter)

Here’s something tremendously useful that you’d imagine would have been invented a long time ago: a robust, intuitive watch for blind people that can easily be read by touch.

The Bradley timepiece concept indicates the time with moving ball bearings — one on the side of the case for the hour and one on the face for the minutes.

The simplicity of the idea also appeals to sighted people. After only a single day on Kickstarter, it has more than doubled its $40,000 fundraising goal and is fast approaching $100,000.

Tactile watches, along with timepieces that announce the time, are already available, but Eone Timepieces, which created the Bradley, notes that they require lifting up a cover to feel the hands, which can be delicate.

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