David Chavez’s Haptica is a moveable Braille wristwatch concept that has now received both the Bronze IDEA 2008 Award and the Ultimate Spark Award.
A recent Industrial Design graduate, Chavez got his first hand experience in watches with an internship at Vestal, the makers of Vestal, Paul Frank and Rocawear watches among others.
His concept, the Haptica differs from current Braille time devices that either allow the user to ‘feel’ the watch hands on the watch face or use sound to communicate the time. This also inhibits the user from checking the watch unnoticed. Hapitca, instead switched to a more logical approach – Using Braille.