1. In which countries is biped available?
We ship all EU orders since November 2022. US orders will dispatch later early 2023. 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 inform you as soon as we are ready to ship to your country.
2. When will biped be available?
We produce biped devices by batch. Our next batch ships in December 2022. We have a pending FDA approval for the US, and given the timeline, will be able to ship early 2023.
3. Where can I test biped?
We are 5 full time employees in biped, and traveling for every test is a challenge for us. However, we recommend testing biped for free by taking a subscription (1 month free, cancel anytime). This remain realistically the best way to test it quickly.
1. How much does biped cost?
The subscription is 129 CHF / month (129€, 129$), with 1 month free at the beginning, and no minimum duration for the subscription. After 36 months, if you want to keep it, you stop paying. Otherwise, switch to the next version and keep the monthly payment.
2. Can biped be reimbursed?
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 20 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 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 headphones we deliver with the device are the Shokz Open Run Pro, they 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 "bip". 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 800 grams (1.5lb). 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?
Yes! In the settings of the smartphone app, enable "AMD".
6. Can biped be used if I have a retinis pigmentosa?
Yes! In the settings of the smartphone app, enable "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 include bone-conduction headphones in our package. 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. Future updates will enable visually impaired users to ride a bike for example.
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, links to user manual, quick start guide, a link to download the app, and a pair of bone-conduction headphones.