Date: March 17th, 2022
Lausanne, Switzerland, March 17 2022. biped will introduce “biped one”, its smart harness for blind and visually impaired people, at VivaTech 2022, in Paris. A world premiere for this commercial version. biped will also launch pre-orders during the show.
biped is a smart harness, worn on the shoulders, bringing autonomous driving features to humans. biped mirrors the way autonomous vehicles work. It allows end-users to avoid obstacles, anticipate collisions, understand the scene and get navigation instructions, through 3D sounds that are streamed in headphones.
biped was created in January 2021, when Mael Fabien, CEO and Bruno Vollmer, CTO, met at a hackathon. Both founders shared a similar vision: autonomous driving technologies brought at the pedestrian level can change lives of blind and visually impaired people.
After over 100 tests with blind users, 5 prototypes and key partnerships in Europe and in the US, biped will officially launch device pre-orders during VivaTech. A major milestone for the field of assistive technologies in low vision.
In January 2022, biped unveiled its latest prototype at CES 2022, where it won the Swiss Startup of the Year Award. At VivaTech, biped will introduce, in a world premiere, “biped one”, the market-ready version.
Our team is truly excited by this major step in the development of the company.
Mael Fabien, CEO, biped