Biped’s Harness For Visually Impaired People
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Using automated driving technology, Biped, a Swiss startup company has released an intelligent device that aids movement of the blind. The device, which is tied around the neck and shoulders, helps visually impaired people to detect obstacles in their way in a matter of seconds.
The device’s 3D cameras can be paired with a normal or bluetooth headphones to warn users about the location of obstacles around them, a warning which operates just like an autonomous vehicle when approaching something.
Mael Fabien, one of the founders of this valuable device has realized that many blind people were looking for a good alternative to their traditional wood guide, which resulted in the spark for creating this revolutionary plan.
“Starting to walk with a device that is ergonomic and intuitive brings confidence and eases acceptance of the other solutions too,” Fabien said. “It’s a good complement during mobility training.”
“Inspired by autonomous vehicles, it integrates the latest advances of research and industry,” Fabian explained. “It will allow you to safely and intuitively navigate in your daily life.”
3D cameras detect, track and monitor the movement of objects around a user in a 170-degree field of view.
Also, this device has a battery that can last in up to more than six hours. It can also connect to the GPS and provide audio signals to the user. Biped harness is also designed for night and dark places, as obstacle avoidance software relies on high-quality infrared cameras that work in all conditions. The device will be made available in Europe from September 2022.