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Title Korea CQ - 'The Future of Tactile Communication for the Visually Impaired' Special Lecture by Ki-Kwang Sung, CEO of Dot
Posted by webmaster Hit 335 Date 2023.04.28

Dear Korea CQ members,


On April 25, we held a special lecture on 'The Future of Tactile Communication for the Visually Impaired' at the Swiss Ambassador's residence. 


Dagmar Schmidt Tartagli, Ekaterini Loupas, Aymar de Liedekerke Beaufort, Christine de Liedekerke Beaufort, Frantz Hotton, Jungho Seo, Ki Kwang Sung, Youngha Ko, Joseph Young, Richard Choi, James Park, Brian Harris, Jackie Son, Kevin Kim, Injun Choi, Haein Nam, Crystal Park, Choi Junghwa, and Didier Beltoise attended the event.


The Swiss Ambassador warmly welcomed everyone and had a great time chatting with them.


The residence of the Embassy of Switzerland in Korea is known as the Swiss Hanok. In 2012, the embassy held a global open architectural competition to build the residence, and the project code name was Swiss Hanok, which is where the name came from.

The 'Swiss Hanok' is an exquisite meeting of Korea and Switzerland, reflecting both traditional Korean architecture and the characteristics of a traditional Swiss chalet. The hanok is characteristically Swiss, but it is also eco-friendly: it is powered by renewable energy such as geothermal and solar power and has a water connection system that collects rainwater. A closer look at the system reveals that rainwater flows down a chain of stones in the eaves of the roof and runs along a line on the floor, collecting in a cistern before being filtered and used for toilets or heating. The stones on the chain are from the Rhine, Rhône, and Tachino rivers in Switzerland, respectively, and blend with the lines on the floor, which are reminiscent of the Han River in South Korea.

We were given a tour of the Swiss Embassy residence, which is not only beautiful in appearance but also eco-friendly in its very existence, by the Ambassador.



The evening was filled with laughter over a set meal and wine prepared by the Ambassador.



Before the meal, we listened to the chef explain the menu.



The meal started with seared scallops with eggplant caviar, trout roe, and pickled seaweed,

Grilled beef with carrot puree, roasted asparagus, and mustard sauce,

baked goat cheese biscuits with onion jam,

and finally, for dessert, a raspberry dacquoise entremets with orange fritters.


After the meal, Dot's CEO, Ki-Kwang Sung, gave a special lecture on "The Future of Tactile Communication for the Visually Impaired.

Mr. Sung won the Best Technology Innovation Award in 2023 at CES, the world's largest consumer electronics expo held annually by the US Consumer Technology Association, as well as the ICT Innovation Grand Prize in Korea, and has won many awards in overseas competitions such as the UK, France, Germany, and Japan.




After Mr. Sung's lecture, many attendees actively participated in the Q&A session.

We would like to thank Mr. Sung for his informative lecture and Ambassador Dagmar Schmidt Tartagli for hosting the meeting for our members. We would also like to thank our members for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend the meeting and Crystal Park for her interpretation help.




For more photos, please click the link below.


Making the world accessible Dot by dot

(Future of tactile communication for the visually impaired) 

Ki Kwang Sung, CEO of Dot



"Making the world accessible Dot by Dot." In other words, with the vision of making the world more accessible by connecting dots, Dot is leading the way in developing and distributing Braille pads for the visually impaired, which is estimated to be around 285 million people in the world today, with its unique technology.

CEO Sung was inspired to develop technology for the visually impaired nine years ago when he went to church with a friend and was shocked to see her carrying a Braille Bible. Converting one Bible to Braille would make a total of 22 books, bulky and impossible to carry. To reduce this inconvenience, a device that converts line by line into Braille was developed, but at a price of $5,000, it was not only inaccessible but also ineffective due to its limited scope of use.

For people with visual impairments, even explaining the simplest of chemical symbols becomes complicated. The question of how to convey information efficiently and effectively to the visually impaired led them to develop Dot Pixel, which creates digital braille in real time and displays it on a tactile monitor, allowing the user to touch the monitor with their fingers to understand the content. The technology was completed a year ago and has been changing the history of blind people around the world through collaboration with various organizations and companies. It was also recognized for improving the quality of life of the visually impaired in various areas and won the Best Innovation Award at CES 2023.

Dot has made a difference in the lives of blind people in four areas: education, rehabilitation, workplace, and finally, public spaces. For education, they are working with the U.S. Department of Education to provide dot pads for the visually impaired in the field of STEAM, where it has been difficult for the visually impaired to receive education due to the abundance of chemical symbols, math formulas, and graphs.

The second area is rehabilitation, where the visually impaired often rely on canes or guide dogs because it's difficult for them to maintain their sense of direction when moving around and their mobility is severely limited. However, with a device that reminds them of their direction and location in real time, they can enjoy freedom of movement. Dot is also collaborating with rehabilitation programs for veterans in the U.S. who have acquired vision loss as a result of their service.

The third is the work environment, where people with visual impairments have very limited career options, so they are limited to telephone work and such, but with the Dot Pad, they can access MS programs such as Excel, which allows them to work in a variety of professions. Dot is currently collaborating with Microsoft to create a program that can read various materials by touch and sound, and also collaborating with Apple to develop technology that can read posts on social media for education, work, and more. Among the people who have used the Dot Pad are Stevie Wonder and Andrea Botticelli, both of whom have given very positive and gratifying feedback on the technology that Dot has developed, and Stevie Wonder said that he's signed millions of autographs in his life, but it was the first time he'd ever seen his own autograph.

Lastly, Dot is working on public spaces, and looking beyond just the concept of public spaces to make them accessible and convenient not only for the visually impaired, but also for people with limited mobility and the hearing impaired. Braille signage, which is commonly found in public spaces, is often almost useless because changes are not reflected immediately, but Dot has installed dot kiosks at the Yeouido Irum Center, Gangnam Sports and Culture Center, Gangnam Health Center, Busan Subway, and the National Palace Museum to make our services more accessible to all people with disabilities.

Dot pads have been breaking down information barriers faced by the visually impaired, but their high price is a barrier to entry. The price of a dot pad is equivalent to $6000 per unit when purchased by an individual through retail. "We definitely want to do B2C," said Dot CEO Sung Ki Kwang. "Our goal is to reduce the price below $1000, and later we will try to reduce the cost so that it can be affordable for individual consumers."

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