Wayband helped a blind runner compete in ultramarathons solo
Simon Wheatcroft became the first blind person to attempt running the New York City Marathon by himself using the Wayband. It is a wearable device designed to help people navigate unfamiliar environments through haptic feedback. The device was developed by WearWorks, a company focused on creating wearable technology to improve people's lives.
The Wayband is not just for blind people. Using vibrations and haptic signals to communicate directional information allows the user to focus on something else other than trying to figure out which way to go. It is designed to help people navigate unfamiliar environments, such as indoor or outdoor spaces, without relying on visual or audio cues.
The device works by connecting to a smartphone app, which uses GPS and other location-based technologies to determine the user's location. The app then sends signals to the Wayband Haptics, which uses haptic feedback to guide the user in the right direction. The device can be worn on the wrist, ankle, or upper arm, depending on the user's preference.
The Wayband Haptics is particularly useful for people with visual impairments or those who are navigating unfamiliar environments with their hands full, such as tourists or hikers. The device is also helpful for anyone who wants to navigate without relying on visual cues, such as when walking or running in low light conditions.
It has a battery life of up to 24 hours and can recharged via magnetic charging. The device is also lightweight and water-resistant, making it suitable for outdoor activities.
Overall, the WearWorks Wayband Haptics is a unique and innovative wearable device that uses haptic feedback to help people navigate unfamiliar environments. It is a useful tool for people with visual impairments or anyone who wants to navigate without relying on visual cues.