France-based startup GoSense has developed electronic device that can be added to a white cane for visually impaired to help avoid any obstacles.
By attaching it to a regular white cane, Rango allows users to sense and avoid any obstacles they may come across. It provides users with head to toe and shoulder-width protection. Rango is a fully virtual smart shield that protects users by locating and identifying obstacles that represent real danger. Used in combination with Wizigo’s features, it allows users to move around by themselves easily and safely. Rango’s many free updates ensure a continuous evolution of the product to meet users’ needs.
Rango works with ultrasonic sensors that can detect obstacles within a 2.5-metre radius. This is perfect for obstacles at mid-height, for example, that a standard white cane would be unable to signal.
As soon as an obstacle is detected, a 3D sound alert is sent to the user’s headphones, indicating where the obstacle is in relation to them. Note that Rango doesn’t signal all obstacles in the user’s vicinity, just those that the user is likely to collide with, which are usually the closest.
Rango boasts a complete full-body detection system. It only alerts you if there is indeed a dangerous obstacle in your path.
Where am I?
Rango tells you exactly where you are located at any time during your travel.
3D audio feedback
Rango detects obstacles up to 2.5 meters away and retranscribes the position of the obstacles on the path with a 3D sound feedback..
Public transportation schedules
Rango allows you to know in real time your public transport schedule when you are close to its stop.
Other Features –
Obstacle location with sound
iOS and Android compatible through the Rango mobile app
Scalable with free regular updates
Lightweight (107g: lighter than a Smartphone)
3.5-hour battery life
(i.e. requires charging once or twice a week)
Intuitive pie menu
Easy to use with limited feedbacks to the user
Night visibility LED
Shockproof / Waterproof (IP64 rating)
Universal fit to suit any regular white cane