By: Martin Courcelles, Specialist, Web Accessibility and Adaptive Technology
Last year at around this time, I happened upon a curious Kickstarter project simply named, "the Bradley." Those who live under a rock (like I do), may not know what Kickstarter is. Essentially, it's an online service that enables individuals and groups to raise funds for projects that otherwise might never see the light of day. The incentive for people who donate to Kickstarter projects vary. But, for the most part, financial backers will usually get first dibs on items/gadgets that result from the project. I periodically troll Google and the Twittersphere for oddities and miscellaneous technology. This definitely fell into my scope of interest.
What first peaked my curiosity with this particular project is the company's motto:
"Because good design should be inclusive, not exclusive." When it comes down to accessibility, how can you go wrong when you start with such a philosophy? It is refreshing to see companies jump onto the accessibility bandwagon with such a positive outlook. For my frequent blog readers, you will note that I'm all about built-in accessibility. See the following link for an example: Universal Design: Let's Talk Safety.
Now, you may well ask, what is the Bradley? Essentially, it's the next generation of tactile watches. Not only is it tactile, but it's also a piece of true craftsmanship and engineering.
Although it's a pricier gadget, I decided to help along the folks at Eone for a few reasons:
The watch is designed with universal accessibility as a core feature. Something I believe all organizations should adopt within all of their internal and external processes.
It displays time in an ingenious fashion (two ball bearings that rotate around a circle driven by magnetic force? What could be any geekier?).
It's waterproof up to 12 meters. I can't wait to test it out this summer. It might even survive my next dunk tank adventure.
Finally, it's quite fashionable. When I saved up my pennies and dropped $250.00 onto this watch, I was hoping for quality, durability and something I'd be proud to wear. I have not been disappointed.
Meanwhile, the folks at Eone Time Pieces want to see where their watches are travelling to. They've setup a Facebook page for pictures of their watch in action. I shall soon post a few of my (action) shots, as I'm sure I can come up with a few good ones.
For more information on how the Bradley Watch came to be and a bit of history on the person behind the idea, visit their Kickstarter page here: The Bradley Watch. To check out their Facebook group page, follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/EoneTimepieces.
Please note: I am in no manner affiliated to Eone Time pieces. Nor do I gain any financial reward in writing this entry. I am simply sharing with you, my readers, a refreshingly accessible time piece.