Eone Timepieces, the brainchild of Hyungsoo Kim ’02, has designed the world’s first tactile watch. Hyungsoo, who completed his BA/MA in Psychology at Wesleyan, graduated from the MIT Sloan School of Business in 2012.
“Telling time shouldn’t require vision.”
In collaboration with RISD designers Amanda Sim ’08, David Zacher and others, Hyungsoo launched his Kickstarter with the initial goal of $40,000 and has met with overwhelming enthusiasm: he has currently raised over $340,000 from 2,245 backers.
The following is an excerpt from an article in The Boston Globe:
The story of Hyungsoo Kim’s start-up begins in an MIT classroom, not with some high-tech experiment but with a simple question: What time is it?
The inquiry came from a blind student seated next to Kim during a graduate course at the Sloan School of Management. Kim’s neighbor wore a wristwatch that spoke the time aloud at the press of a button, but he felt that using the audible feature in public was disruptive and, frankly, embarrassing.
“It’s 2013,” Kim said. “We went to the moon almost 60 years ago, and there’s no good watch for the blind.”
Kim’s company, Eone Timepieces, aims to solve that problem with the launch of its first tactile wristwatch, which went on sale for $128 Thursday through a Kickstarter fundraising campaign. Within the first hour, Eone was more than a quarter of the way to its $40,000 goal.
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