Visual Impairment 

Blind person using black braille reader machine with 9 lines
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WeWALK Smart Cane

There are 253 million visually impaired people in the world, and most of them rely on the white cane, a simple tool primarily designed to provide ground-level obstacle detection. By equipping the white cane with modern technology, WeWALK improves the safety and independence of the visually impaired, allowing them full and equal participation in everyday life. WeWALK’s ergonomic attachment fits on top of any white cane. Its inbuilt sensors, touchpad, Bluetooth, and voice interface provide turn-by-turn navigation and gain new features by integrating smart city solutions. Moreover, WeWALK builds an ecosystem around the Smart Cane with software services for visually impaired people, parents, and teachers.

WeWALK can detect above-ground obstacles using a front-mounted ultrasonic sensor, warning the user with vibration feedback.

Pair with the WeWALK Smartphone App using Bluetooth to access connected mobility services, including navigation, exploration, and public transport, all controlled through the WeWALK smart cane. Constantly Evolve with new app integrations and services are continually being added via software updates, making WeWALK an ideal personal hub for the visually impaired community.

WeWALK has been selected Start-up of the year(2021) by Amazon, awarded an Edison Gold Medal, and is one of TIME’s best inventions of 2019, appearing in more than 500 media sources, including CNN, BBC, and Forbes, and El Pais. WeWALK has also received an honorable mention in World-Changing Ideas, a major annual award by Fast Company that honors products, companies, and designs pursuing innovation for society’s good.

Revolutionary Features of WeWALK Smart Cane and App

WeWALK acts as a new handle when attached to any long cane and was designed to feel natural, allowing for normal cane usage. When walking, WeWALK vibrates to inform you of low-hanging obstacles that the bottom of a cane may typically miss, such as a sign or tree branch. Additionally, pair your cane to the WeWALK app on your iOS or Android device via Bluetooth to make use of WeWALK’s smart features.

Safety First: WeWALK detects above-ground obstacles with ultrasound while still retaining the standard white cane’s ground feedback.

Convenient and Connected: Finding your cane using your phone and vice versa by playing a sound on each. Setting the obstacle detection distance and changing cane settings such as the sound level. Keep one hand free and leave your smartphone in your pocket. Use your voice and WeWALK’s touchpad for quick smartphone control. Your next destination is just a swipe and a tap away.

Go Anywhere and Everywhere: WeWALK’s Navigation feature has been built from the ground up for an accessible experience like no other. Use clock directions, destination tracking, and low-vision mapping to make any journey familiar from the start. Finding your current location and discovering, saving, and navigating new places. All controlled from the app or cane. We have a particular layer built on mapping services that provide more accessible navigation. Voice feedback can come from the cane’s speaker or via a Bluetooth headset.

Limitless Exploration: Discover new places around you with automatic voice feedback as you walk past them, or get a complete list of nearby shops, restaurants, and everything in between. Whichever you choose, WeWALK will get you there.

Public Transport at Your Fingertips: WeWALK launched an official partnership with Moovit (#1 urban mobility app) to enhance mobility. Find out about your transit options, navigate to stops, and check timetables, all in one place.

The Power of Voice: WeWALK has its voice assistant, and it keeps getting smarter. Just say it, and you’re there.

Always Evolving: It’s not just our voice assistant that gets smarter; it’s the entire WeWALK experience. There is a collaboration with Microsoft, where WeWALK participated in Microsoft’s AI program scoping mobility training. The following extensive WeWALK features are just a download away through free and continuous software updates.

WeWALK is more than a product – it is the first step in a societal transformation. By empowering visually impaired people with the technology to fully participate in daily life, WeWALK fosters inclusion and equal participation in society. Furthermore, as WeWALK emphasizes accessibility for its users, it ensures that the product is affordable and intuitive, providing a hub for visually impaired people worldwide.

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Canute 360: Multi-line Braille E-reader

Black and white BB for Bristol Braille

Canute 360 is ideal for use at home, in the classroom or in the office.
Literature, musical notation, charts, graphs, mathematics, tables and spacial diagrams. All these are more practical on a nine-line refreshable Braille display than a single-line display, a ream of embossed paper or through text-to-speech.
For schools and educational institutions, Canute can drastically increase the availability of Braille material. It reads all pre-formatted Braille Ready Files (BRF) and Portable Embosser Files (PEF), meaning you can read texts from Bookshare, the RNIB Library or any other Braille library in the world. Using transcription software such as Duxbury DBT or Braille Blaster, any digital text file can be transferred to and read on Canute. The Canute’s ‘hard’ signage quality Braille makes Canute ideal for beginners and young children learning Braille.

Canute 360 Amazing Features 

  • Reads BRF (Braille Ready Files) and PEF (Portable Embosser File)
  • 360 cells: nine lines of forty characters of Braille
  • Supports all six-dot Braille codes (including music, maths and all languages)
  • Dimensions: 37cm x 19cm x 4cm (14.5″ x 7.5″ x 1.5″), 2.8KG (6lb)
  • 2x USB-A; 1x USB-B; SD Card slot; HDMI out; 3.5mm audio out
  • Three page navigation buttons
  • Nine line select keys
  • Contextual help button
  • Aluminium surround, plastic reading surface
Braille reader 9 lines
Canute Braille Machine Front panel

Make Reading For Pleasure, A Pleasure!

The Canute 360 electronic Braille reader is designed to be used as a Kindle for blind people. Before Canute 360 electronic Braille was only a single line or even only a handful of characters. Imagine trying to read a book from a calculator display! Although the remit of the Canute has expanded to include many other uses, the heart of the Canute has always been to make reading pleasurable.

With Canute 360’s multiline design, instead of puzzling to reassemble awkwardly divided words and sentences, the reader rapidly reads texts, even with both hands, while having an overview of the whole paragraph. Canute’s display show’s a third or more of a Braille page’s layout… Not one twenty-seventh of the layout!

With Canute 360’s SD card and USB pen drives the reader can carry hundreds of BRF books, files that are easily downloaded from their favourite online libraries. No more lugging around volumes of paper Braille, finding somewhere to store them, or needing to wait for deliveries of Braille books.

In addition, the Canute 360 allows the reader to read books continuously as the page refreshes from the top, place bookmarks, switch between them and chapters and skip between books with the menu system and enjoy reading their favourite novels.

Reading Braille has never been such a pleasure!

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NaviLens Smart Codes for Visually Impaired 

NaviLens has been designed specifically to enable blind and partially sighted people to be able to access and locate information and interact with the environment around them.

NaviLens codes are optical codes that contain information and can be placed on anything from buildings to packaging materials. NaviLens codes can be read by a smartphone camera from NaviLens App and do not require any power or transmit any signal. The NaviLens App is free, easy to use and works on both the Android and Apple operating systems and is completely accessible.

Benefits of NaviLens Codes:

 

  • Help people with sight loss independently navigate and find their way around cities and spaces
  • Do not require any power or transmit any signal
  • The NaviLens app can recognise NaviLens codes in the vicinity. It does this without the need to focus on the code or know exactly where it is situated
  • Information is presented both visually, audibly and through haptics; effectively through touch.
  • Offer real-time information such as train arrivals, etc..
  • Information can be delivered in 36 languages
  • Revolution for indoor navigation where it’s not possible to use GPS or other computer-vision methods.

Amazing Features of NaviLens Codes

Long Distance

Scannable and Readable from a long distance of upto 50 m

Quick Reading

Reading codes with NaviLens is almost instantaneous: 0.03 seconds

Wide Reading Angle

Wide scanning and reading angle of upto 160º

Lighting Conditions

Readable in all lighting conditions

Accuracy and Orientation

Accurate distance and guidance information

No Need to Focus

No need to focus on the code or know where they are located, the codes are readable even at 80º angle

NaviLens helps make cities smarter and more inclusive. The capabilities of this code allow users to interact more easily and accessible with their environment in places such as public spaces, metro stations, bus stops, airports, museums or public buildings.

Where NaviLens Codes are Currently Used

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Tactile Studs, Strips and Tiles for Indoor and Outdoor Applications

Moving independently and safely is essential for a better and full life for blind and visually impaired people. One important way of gaining independence is undoubtedly information. Blind or visually impaired people who have difficulty entering an unknown space need precise and immediate information that is able to represent the place where they are and the services that it may offer.

Tactile Indicators are designed to make blind or visually impaired people as independent and safe as possible in their movements, whether at work or at leisure.

To get everybody think “accessible”, not only overcoming architectural barriers but also cultural barriers to make the world around us safer, more welcoming and inclusive for everyone.

Tactile Warning Studs and Tactile Paving Tile Systems 

Tactile Studs – Surface mounted warning studs made in accordance with best international practices and Dubai Universal Design Code Guidelines for blind and visually impaired people for indoor & outdoor applications.

Tactile Warning Studs provide an underfoot warning to identify hazards and dangerous areas where there is a change in levels or where there is an unprotected opening such as open stairwells and platforms.

Tactile Warning Studs are available as a Pin Type and Adhesive Type and are used depending on the Project Requirements.

High Quality Tactile Warning Studs are made of various materials like Stainless Steel, PVC, Vinyl and ABS, providing immense flexibility, durability and functionality to help blind and visually impaired people safely move about.

Surface mounted tactile paving tile systems provide a fast, easy and economical solution, providing guidance and warning for visually impaired pedestrians. Surface mounted tactile paving systems offer many advantages over traditionally used concrete materials. Not only do they provide greater longevity, the cost of installation is also lower. With no excavation required, the installation of surface bonded tactile paving tiles takes a fraction of the time it would take to lay concrete pavers. Tests have also shown that composite tactile paving tiles are significantly harder wearing, up to seven times more durable. The full range of self-adhesive tactile tiles is manufactured from a polyurethane resin and stone composite (incorporating recycled material).

Types: Polyurethane resin/stone composite. Can be fixed to asphalt: Concrete, steel, wood & tiled surfaces using a choice of dedicated adhesive. Colours available: Buff and Red. Sizes: 400mm x 400mm and 450mm x 450mm. High slip resistance in dry or wet condition. UV tested – no colour fade.

 

Tactile Guidance Strips and Tactile Paving Tile Systems

Guidance Tactile Indicators are designed to provide walking surfaces with a series of raised bars, which are specifically orientated to guide visually impaired walkers down the safest possible route.

Guidance tactile paving is used when blind and visually impaired visitors need to be guided around common urban obstacles such as lampposts and bins, and when guiding pedestrians to specific locations.

Tactile directional strips are available as a Pin Type and Adhesive Type and are used depending on the Project Requirements. High Quality Tactile Directional Strips are made of various materials like Stainless Steel, PVC, Vinyl and ABS, providing immense flexibility, durability and functionality to help blind and visually impaired people safely move about.

Guidance path surface tiles guide visually impaired people along a route when the traditional cues, such as a property line or kerb edge, are not available. It can also be used to guide people around obstacles, for example, street furniture in a pedestrianised area.

Tiles: Hard wearing stone & polyurethane resin composite. Wear resistance measured at 7 times greater than the equivalent concrete product.Can be fixed to: Asphalt, concrete, metal, wood & tile surfaces. Colours available: Buff, Charcoal or Grey. Types: Polyurethane stone resin composite. Sizes: 400mm x 400mm. Rapid installation – reduced labour costs & disruption. High slip resistance in dry or wet conditions. UV tested – no colour fade.

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The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Assistive Technology Products for Visually Impaired – See Differently

Creating a world where eye health and sight loss is understood and everyone can live their life with confidence and be a part of inclusive society.

Technology

Reading and music | Phones and tablets | Note taking and embossers | Computers | Batteries
Connect with the people and content that matter most to you with the widest range of accessible technology. Discover the audio, magnification and braille tools that enable blind and partially sighted people to work, learn and relax. Whether you want to make a video call to mum, download an audio book or deliver that big presentation, our technology helps make it happen.

Magnification

Optical Magnifiers | Electronic Magnifiers | Computer Magnification | Mirrors and Lights.
Before buying a magnifier it’s important to know the magnification strength you require and what you’ll be using it for. For example, a pocket magnifier is ideal for spot reading labels and price tags, whereas a stand magnifier is suitable for longer periods of reading. When using a traditional, non-electronic handheld optical magnifier the lens should be held close to the eye and the object should be brought into focus by moving it towards the lens.

Reading

Reading Devices | Audio Books | Braille Books & Magazines.
Whether you’re reading for pleasure or studying, there’s something for you in our range of audio books, DAISY players and accessible learning resources. There are more than 100 books available to buy on DAISY CD, with more being added all the time – and if you haven’t yet discovered DAISY, choose from a range of players to enjoy the best audio reading experience around. Help is at hand in the classroom with our learning tools, from talking calculators to writing frames, with resources for younger braille learners and creative little hands!

Health and Mobility 

Canes, Cane Tips and Accessories | Walking Sticks and Accessories | Eye-wear | Pill Organisers, Eye-drop Dispensers | Blood Pressure Monitors | Thermometers.

Take care of your health with talking, large print and tactile solutions, from blood pressure monitors to pill organisers. Wide range of canes and walking sticks will help you get out and about safely, while eye-wear range will help you protect your eyes.

Home & Leisure

Sewing and DIY | Puzzles | Board games | Card games and dominoes | Sports | Canes | Large Print Stationery | Braille & Tactile Stationery.
If you’re looking for practical ideas to keep on track with a busy schedule, our range of large print stationery and talking, easy-to-see and tactile watches might be the answer. When it’s time to unwind, relax with a good talking book or tune into your favourite radio station, tackle a large print crossword puzzle, bake a delicious cake or play a game with your friends and family. Take care of yourself at home and on the move with our health and mobility solutions. From GPS navigation to help you find your way around to glasses which alert you to obstacles, we can help you to get out and about with confidence.

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Bonocle a Next-Generation Assistive Device Enabling the Visually Impaired To Do a Myriad of Tasks

A portable, handheld device, Bonocle is designed with a “braille cell,” which consists of three buttons and different haptics that enable users to interpret the contents of any electronic device through the medium of braille. The gadget helps visually impaired people to read, write, count, take measurements, and even play games.

Designed to be affordable and portable (it’s about the same size as an iPhone Xs Max), the device has an optical sensor that detects its relative position, just like a mouse, and buttons to move to another text line, giving the user autonomous control when navigating content. To maximize its use, there is a growing application library for Bonocle to offer more functions, such as apps for education, productivity, and games.

How Bonocle Works?

Bonocle works like an infinite braille paper with multiple reading modes. Each can be customized to match the user’s reading pace, comfort, and preference for a unique personal reading experience. Motion mode allows the user to slide Bonocle over a surface as if sliding your figure over an infinite braille line. Auto-scroll mode lets the user chose reading speed while the braille cell automatically refreshes under your finger. The flexibility allows the users to adapt, learn, improve and enjoy. A combination that is essential for a greater reading experience.

Learning with Bonocle 

Braille education is an important foundation for a blind person. The factors contributing to braille literacy are the target of Bonocle’s educational suit of apps. These educational experiences work at home or in the classroom. Bonocle includes parents, siblings, teachers and friends, sighted or blind, with simple yet rich visual elements and their tactile equivalent. Learn the alphabet, spelling, math, or the periodic table. The experience is now easier and more seamless than ever before . Connect to all the Bonocles in the classroom and transmit the letters to each student simultaneously. One cell ensures the users know exactly what they are reading at any time.

Braille Digital Gaming with Bonocle

Braille digital gaming is the novel concept inspired by the positive impact of games on educational experiences. A union of fun and immersion with the added benefit of improving finger sensitivity. In each game Bonocle combines tactile feedback with motion gestures, haptic vibrations and audio for an immersive VR-like experience that does not depend on the visuals. Some games promote inclusion with a multiplayer mode, regardless of the vision capabilities. The users can compete with friends and family in-game at any time.

Bonocle Specification 

Size and weight: Length- 8.5cm, Width – 4 cm, Weight – 90gm

Material: ABS Plastic

Color: It is designed in matte black finish that looks and feels awesome with the teal select button 

Accessories: USB cable, Strap

Buttons: 2 System Buttons, 5 Symmetrical Function Buttons 

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