Speaking of Kickstarter, David Chavez, the man behind the Haptica Braille Watch has launched his own campaign to fund the engineering, R&D, manufacturing and packaging to get this project on track to becoming a reality! We first mentioned this project two years ago when Chavez won the Spark Design award and interacted with some prototypes at last year's New York Design Week. Support Chavez and the Haptica Braille Watch by donating through Kickstarter here!
Haptica presents a logical alternative for the blind and replaces the archaic products currently available. It provides precision and discretion to the user and seeks to improve the quality of life for a consumer market that is oftentimes over looked. Like most products for people with disabilities, it's somewhat of a niche market. Many products in this category are clumsy and unappealing. Raising funds or finding a big company to back these kinds of products is difficult. By harnessing the power of crowd sourcing, a great concept can become a great product and we won't have to compromise the creative process. We'll be able to create a product that will be both functional and beautiful.