SamMobile has affiliate and sponsored partnerships. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Samsung’s new patent envisions a way for braille input on smartwatches


Last updated: September 14th, 2018 at 15:41 UTC+02:00

Samsung files hundreds of patent applications every year across the world. While most of them are very technical whose use cases may not be immediately apparent, some are relatively simple with a fairly obvious use case. Samsung’s ‘Electronic apparatus for inputting braille and operating method thereof’ patent filed in South Korea in March last year is of the latter kind with a revealing title.

The patent describes a method for blind people to input text through braille, using the rotating bezel on a smartwatch. It enables braille input by allowing the user to control the input position in the six-point braille character by rotating the bezel. When companies are increasingly relying on voice-based interaction models to make their products and services more accessible to people with disabilities, it appears Samsung is exploring and investing in other approaches as well.

Makes the rotating bezel on Samsung smartwatches even more useful

Barring Samsung, no other major brand is currently offering a bezel-based navigation option on its smartwatches. Given the small size of the smartwatch screens, Samsung’s rotatable bezel is found be useful and convenient at times by many users. Using the same mechanism for innovative and meaningful features like the braille input will only make it more unique and desirable. Ideas like this may not be money makers for Samsung, but it is encouraging to see the company trying to make its latest gadgets accessible to more users.

We don’t know if Samsung is planning to incorporate this technology into its future smartwatches. It is worth remembering that not all patents turn into commercial products. Patents also tend to be more complex than what a simplified overview suggests. So, do read the complete application here (in Korean) if you wish to understand it in-depth.

Source Watch Patentpatents
Load 1 comments

You might also like

Samsung has a dual-aperture smartphone camera solution in the works

The Galaxy S9 was Samsung’s first smartphone to use a dual-aperture system for its camera. It allowed th …

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 11 months ago

Samsung might use this neat trick to hide the under-display selfie cam …

Smartphone brands have been trying various technologies to make smartphones bezel-free. We saw screen notches …

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 1 year ago

UK-based firm plans to sue Samsung for allegedly stealing its patented …

A UK-based firm, Nanoco Technologies, which specializes in the development and production of cadmium-free quan …

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 2 years ago

Samsung patents six-camera smartphone setup with this unique feature

Samsung is no stranger to innovations and impressive technologies. After all, it was the first brand to commer …

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 2 years ago

Samsung AR glasses patent shows a way to ease turn-by-turn navigation …

Samsung develops various technologies every year, and some of them eventually appear in real-life products. Th …

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 2 years ago

Samsung to be investigated by USITC over possible patent infringement

The US International Trade Commission is opening a probe into some of the biggest tech companies on the planet …

  • By Adnan Farooqui
  • 2 years ago