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Designing Tactile Dots for Sony BRAVIA Products

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 1:20 PM PDT  
Platinum 8  
At Sony, we provide products that give you the best audio and visual experience right from your living room. Under our corporate purpose, “Fill the world with emotion through the power of creativity and technology,” we are always pursuing the creation of the very best by harnessing diversity and varying viewpoints. Based on this, the values defined for the accessibility of our audio & visual products are “Possible to do by myself,” “Possible to do everything,” and “Possible to enjoy together.” As the first step to realizing our values, Sony BRAVIA TV and Sound Bar will now have tactile dots near their terminal ports to help you identify the port locations when connecting the cables on the TV and Sound Bar. In our session, we will share how we identified the pain points for our blind and low-vision users when connecting the Sound Bar to the TV and how we came to a solution. We will discuss how we designed the solution, including how many dots to add to the HDMI ARC ports and their Center Speaker (ACS) ports to best guide users to the correct ports. We will share how this design was inspired by universal design and inclusive design principles and how this solution will help all users. We are excited to continue our design efforts to make our products more accessible by considering the needs of users with diverse abilities and needs.  
  • Disability Specific
  • Entertainment & Recreation
  • Research & Development
  • Manufacturing
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
Sony always thinks of accessibility first in design, and now our products have tactile dots near the terminal ports for easier cable connection. In this session, we will share our approach to developing an accessible solution to improve tactility.  
Primary Topic
Secondary Topics
  • Blind/Low Vision
  • Design
  • Development
  • Product Demonstration
Session Type
Exhibitor Track  


  • Stephanie Mitchener
    Sony Electronics, Inc.
  • Sabrina Norton
    Sony Electronics, Inc.
  • Hiroyuki Konno
    Sony Corporation
  • Hiro Iwamoto

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