biped unveils AI-co-pilot for blind and visually impaired at CES 2022 in Las Vegasbiped launches its first version at VivaTech
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40 million people in the world are blind, and close to 300 million suffer from visual impairment. Avoiding obstacles, finding important objects around and discovering new places are often cited at the largest pain points of visually impaired users. This creates stressful situations, and might limit their independence.
To solve this, biped is building the world's first AI copilot for blind and visually impaired people. The device is a small harness, worn on the shoulders, that replicates autonomous vehicles, but for humans.
Our patented technology:
- captures the environment using 3D cameras
- identifies and predicts trajectories of all surrounding objects in real-time, to only focus on what matters the most
- finally, guides the user using 3D sounds
The device was co-developed with associations, hospitals and end-users since the very beginning. biped is the result of 5 iterations, tested with more than 65 users along the journey. biped will bring environmental awareness to blind and visually impaired people, and become the perfect complement to white canes and guide dogs.
It weights less than 1kg (around 2 lbs), and has up to 4 hours of battery. Batteries can be switched easily.
High-resolution assets of our device, from various angles. ZIP files also contain a picture of the device with the innovation award badge from IBT.
User tests, and demo videos. Source files are included in the ZIP file. We also attached high-resolution demonstration videos, and a software illustration. Testimonials of end-users are provided below. The device has been tested both in very controlled environments (hospital), and in more realistic scenarios (crowded street). So far, 65+ testers took part in our beta-testing program, in Switzerland, France, Belgium, Netherlands and in the USA.
“I could totally see myself using the final version on a daily basis. (...) It’s light to wear, I don’t really feel it anymore. (...) It’s intuitive to use and can be a great complement to the white cane.”
Lex Gillette, Five-time Paralympic medalist in long jump, after a test session in Chula Vista Elite Training Center
“biped has put end-users at the core of their strategy. The device is ergonomic, easy to use and can become an all-in-one solution”
Fatima Anaflous, Low Vision Expert, Ophthalmic Hospital Jules Gonin
Maël Fabien | CEO
Maël, 25 years old, graduated with a Masters in Actuarial Science from HEC Lausanne. During his studies, he won entrepreneurial contests and founded his first startup at the age of 18. He then specialized in AI, and started a PhD at EPFL’s Idiap lab. After 2 years of PhD, Maël dropped out to focus on the development of what became biped. He now is the CEO of biped.
Mael has always been interested in impactful and inclusive technology. He has also worked in various startups as a data scientist and worked as a free-lance data scientist and technical writer.
Bruno Vollmer | CTO
Bruno, 27 years old, completed a Masters in Computer Science at RWTH Aachen in Germany with a strong focus on Computer Vision and Machine Learning.
Bruno gained professional experience by working for two high impact start-ups as a software engineer. Since November 2020, he’s been hosting a tech podcast named EinfachTech.
As a CTO, Bruno leads the technical development of biped, and creates state-of-the-art algorithms for environment understanding around the user, in real-time.
biped is made of a multi-disciplinary team. 5 people currently work on software, hardware, partnerships and end-user engagement!
This whole adventure started back in summer 2020. Mael lived close by the ophthalmic hospital in Lausanne, and was doing a PhD in AI at this time. On one side, Mael saw the rapid development of autonomous driving capabilities. On the other, he still helped some blind users cross the street near his apartment. The link between these two fields became obvious.
“Autonomous driving technology car control cars on the highway at a very high speed. We should be able to guide blind users using this same technology, but at the pedestrian level.”, Mael
Mael met Bruno, his co-founder, at a Hackathon, the International Create Challenge, in Switzerland. Bruno was an expert in computer vision. They were both driven by the will to have an impact on people's lives. In less than a year, the idea became of growing startup, with 5 collaborators, dozens of testers for the 5 prototype versions, key partners and over 1 million CHF of investments perceived.
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1.1 Mio CHF
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Along our journey, we gained support from well known programs and companies such as:
Here's our open roadmap:
- First half of 2022: Industrialize and certify our device
- June 2022: Private launch among beta-testers
- September 2022: Public launch in Europe
- 2023: Launch in the US
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