Over 1'000km walked with biped in 6 countries!
Built with over 250 beta-testers from day one.
What if you could walk with your mind free, knowing where potential obstacles are? And get GPS instructions too?
biped uses autonomous driving technology to make this real!
Powered by Honda Research Institute
biped is a 900 grams harness worn on the shoulders, equipped with cameras on the left of your chest, a battery behind your neck, and a small computer on the right of your chest. It works just like a self-driving car, for pedestrians.
biped can identify most incoming obstacles, predict risks of collision, and play short "beeps" in Bluetooth headphones in case of danger. biped can detect holes, branches, traffic signspedestrians, bicycles, electric scooters... GPS instructions are coming soon.
biped filters obstacles based on trajectories, to never overload the user. Want to experience the sounds?
Want to give it a try? biped is available with a 30 days free trial program. If you have more questions, simply contact our team!
Here's a video of our co-founder, Mael, talking about our initiative and what to expect from your biped device.
Get an audio training from the biped app, before you actually start walking with biped. Made with orientation and mobility trainers.
biped identifies all sorts of obstacles, head level or ground level, on the left or on the right, moving or static, that the white cane cannot detect, and provides audio feedback.
Get GPS navigation
biped will soon launch a full GPS navigation, with turn-by-turn instructions, on top of the main obstacle detection feature.
Pair with your own headphones
You want to play the sounds of biped on your own headphones, such as Airpods, Bose Frames, LinkBuds? biped is now compatible with most of these devices, to tailor your experience!
Avoid obstacles around you
biped uses 3 cameras to scan 170 degrees of field of view around you, day and night.
It can identify all sorts of obstacles using artificial intelligence, including holes, head-level branches, trucks tailgates...
Get warnings with short "beeps" in headphones.
Discover new places
biped integrates a GPS to provide turn-by-turn instructions.
biped also uses AI to detect crosswalks and traffic lights to provide better GPS instructions.
Get instructions such as "In 20 meters, turn right on Main Street" in headphones. Launching soon.
NEW: biped can now be deployed in your company, to provide accessible indoor and outdoor navigation on your worksite. Contact us.
“biped has the potential to be an absolute game-changer.”
Head of accessible technology, Seescape
“biped can really become that all-in-one solution.”
Low Vision Expert, Jules Gonin Hospital
“When it produces no sounds, I feel really safe that there's no direct obstacle.”
1. In which countries is biped available?
We ship all EU and US orders. If you are located in a country outside of the EU and the US, please contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll evaluate shipment to your country.
2. How fast can I get my biped?
We produce biped devices by batch, so expect anywhere between 3 to 9 weeks of delay before getting the device delivered. We are working on reducing this.
3. Where can I test biped?
We are 5 full time employees in biped, and traveling for every test is a challenge for us. Test biped for free by taking a subscription (1 month free, cancel anytime). This remain realistically the best way to test it quickly. If you have any question, contact our team.
1. How much does biped cost?
You can pay biped either one-time, for 2950 euros, or as a subscription.
The subscription is 129 € / month, with 1 month free at the beginning, and no minimum duration for the subscription. No other costs apply (including shipping). After 36 months, if you want to keep it, you stop paying.
2. Can biped be reimbursed?
3. Can I ever own a biped device?
Sure! If biped is reimbursed in your country, you own it 100%. If you buy it via a partner distributor, you own it 100%. If you take a subscription on our website directly, the payments are split over 3 years, but after that, the device is yours.
Note that if you want to apply for a reimbursement of the solution with your local insurance system, or would prefer a single down-payment, you can always contact us.
1. What kind of obstacles can biped detect?
biped can detect all sorts of obstacles in front of you: branches, traffic signs, holes, staircases going down, drop-offs... day and night.
But it goes beyond that. biped can also detect moving obstacles, such as vehicles (cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles...) or pedestrians (walking, running, riding a bicycle..).
2. Can biped detect holes?
biped can detect holes and drop-offs of 30 cm and above. Users are warned with the same sound as for an obstacle, but with a lower pitch, to make it feel like the sound in coming from the floor. We advise users to navigate with a white cane, in order to identify the smaller changes of level and of texture.
3. How wide and how far does biped see?
biped can capture close to 170 degrees of field of view around the user, nearly as much as human eyes. It has day and night vision, up to 15 meters away from the user, which gives the users time to react in most situations.
4. What kind of feedback does it provide?
biped generates sound feedback in headphones. But more specifically, biped provides spatial audio feedback in headphones. We recommend using bone conduction headphones.
Bone conduction headphones are simply headphones that are worn around the ears, not in the ears. They leave your ears free for conversations and important sounds. The Shokz Open Run Pro are the best performing headphones of this type.
When an obstacle is detected, for example the branch of a tree, at your head-level, on your left, biped will generate a short music note, like a "beep". The music note has a spatial effect, so you will intuitively feel that the sound comes from the left. If the obstacle is at your head level, it will be a high pitch "bip", and if it's on the ground level, it's a low pitch "bip". In a very short sound, you're therefore able to understand that an obstacle is located at your head-level, on the left.
There is one music note per type of object that biped detects. So a car and a bicycle would generate different music notes. When users start with biped, there is only one sound. But as they follow the training program on the app, it unlock sounds and helps reach a better granularity.
5. How does the GPS of biped work?
biped uses the GPS system of your smartphone to get GPS navigation instructions. Once you paired the device with your smartphone from the app, you type the destination in the app and just follow the turn-by-turn instructions in the headphones.
6. How do I control biped? Do I need a smartphone?
biped is controlled with a smartphone application which allows you start and stop the device, operate updates or change parameters. Pairing the device with a smartphone is for the moment mandatory.
7. How heavy is biped?
biped weights around 950 grams (<2 lbs). It was specifically designed to be as light as possible on your shoulders, and easily forget you even wear the device.
1. Can biped be used with a cochlear implant?
Yes! We ran tests with end-users who successfully managed to navigate with biped, while having a cochlear implant. To do so, we created a high-contrast sound set, with sounds that are easy to differentiate and have a little high-frequencies as possible, as they're harder to hear. To enable it, simply select "Cochlear implant mode" in the settings of the biped app.
2. Can biped be used with a hearing aids?
Yes! Modern hearing aids are bluetooth enabled. So instead of playing sounds in the bone-conduction headphones, just pair biped with your hearing aids directly in the Bluetooth menu of the biped app. biped sounds will be directly streamed in your ears then.
3. Can biped be used with a wheelchair?
Yes! We tested biped with a couple of patients in a wheelchair, whom for white cane usage is possible, but harder. We noticed very good responses from end-users, and created a specific mode. To enable it, simply select "Wheelchair" in the settings of the biped app.
4. Can biped be used for hemispatial neglects or field cuts?
Yes! We very early on included beta-testers who had field cuts or hemispatial neglects. We adapted biped's software to only analyze the part of the image that the person does not process. To enable it, simply select "Hemispatial / Field cut" in the settings of the biped app, and select whether you want to give feedback on the left or on the right of the image.
5. Can biped be used if I have an age-related macular degeneration?
6. Can biped be used if I have a retinis pigmentosa?
1. Can biped be used with kids?
The current version of biped has a size that would prevent anyone below 1.40 meters from feeling comfortable using biped.
2. Does it replace a white cane or a guide dog?
biped does not replace your white cane or your guide dog. These solutions offer signaling, and protect the very first meter in front of you. If you have had white cane training before, or if you are a guide dog owner, just use biped as a supplement to your daily navigation habits.
3. Isn't it dangerous to have sound feedback when I rely heavily on hearing to navigate?
To prevent the sounds that biped generates from blocking the rest of your environment, we recommend using bone-conduction headphones or earphones in transparency mode.
Bone-conduction headphones are worn around the ears, and do not block surrounding sounds. On top of that, the sounds that we designed with gaming experts are very different from the rest of your environment. They're not invasive, they don't distract you, and there is no risk of confusion with the sounds in your environment. This also allows you to maintain a continuous conversation with a person near you.
4. Does biped work under the rain?
biped satisfies IP44 standards, which means light to medium rain. There is a risk that sensors operate with a degraded performance under heavy rain, so we do not advise keeping biped out in such a case. We include a small travel bag for biped that is rainproof if ever you need to pack it quickly under the rain.
5. Does biped work at night?
Most of the features of biped also work at night. biped will be able to detect obstacles and holes, and provide GPS navigation. It might in certain cases, and depending on the luminosity, warn you later about cars and other vehicles.
6. Does biped work indoor?
The GPS navigation system does not provide reliable instructions indoors. However, all other features perform well and have been tested indoor too.
7. Does biped work for sports too?
We plan to support other activities that walking very soon.
Updates, maintenance and delivery
1. Will biped be updated?
biped will be regularly updated! All updates are free, whether you buy or rent the device. Thanks to its AI system, the more people use biped, the better the system gets. For this reason, regular updates will be offered to end-users with improved algorithms as well as new features.
2. How do I update the device?
The device is not connected to the internet. When an update is available, place your phone close to the device and click on "start update". The device will then be updated over Bluetooth.
3. What is included in the box?
We deliver a biped device, 2 batteries, a charger, along with an email that has links to the user manual, quick start guide, and app.
4. How will the product evolve over time?
As an early product, biped is constantly being developed and tested to enhance its features and better meet your expectations. This means that the version you receive may not be the final one, and there may be changes as we continue to add new features and updates. We value your feedback and appreciate your patience as we work to create a solution that better meets your needs. To ensure you always have access to the latest and greatest biped features, be sure to update your device from time to time.
Access Ability award
biped received the AccessABILITY Award at CES 2023! Want to learn more about biped, in details? Here's our launch video:
biped is one of the few Swiss Made assistive technologies! Fully made in Switzerland, from the software, to the assembly of the hardware.