InnoMake - One step ahead
InnoMake was developed to make everyday life safer for visually impaired and blind people through intelligent obstacle detection. InnoMake can also facilitate the work of safety organisations.
The warning system built into the shoe includes distance sensors, sensors for detecting foot movements, a vibration unit, an ultra-bright LED and a processing unit, as well as a wireless connection to a smartphone.
The built-in electronics and battery are mounted in a water and dust resistant casing at the front of the shoe.
When obstacles are detected, the warning system provides pre-selected feedback. This feedback can be haptic (vibration), acoustic or visual. The vibration feedback is provided directly in the shoe, which allows you to feel if there is an obstacle in front of you. The acoustic feedback is provided via a smartphone and if required via e.g. bone conduction headphones so as not to drown out environmental noises.
The visual impulses can be transmitted via the LED on the shoe and they can provide you with additional support in the dark. You can also use InnoMake without primary tools in familiar, safe environments, e.g. at home or at work, so that both hands are free.
Wearing high-tech does not have to be eye-catching
The innovative InnoMake sensors warn you about obstacles (steps, pavement curbs, hydrants, persons, etc.) with acoustic and visual warning signals, as well as vibration feedback.
You can make adjustments in real time with the button on the back of the device. The range can be adjusted up to 4 metres by briefly pressing the button.
You can also check the battery charge level by pressing the button and activate the LED for better visibility. You can distinguish which mode you have set through the specially developed acoustic and haptic feedback. There is no need for a smartphone in order to use InnoMake.
In addition, you can activate the intelligent mode which automatically pauses the system, e.g. when you are sitting.
You can also use InnoMake as a scanner to obtain information about your environment by means of foot movement – simply start walking.
You don‘t even notice that you are wearing high-tech. The seamless integration into everyday life is enhanced by complex InnoMake algorithms, which intelligently activate and deactivate the system.
The built-in batteries effortlessly cope with average daily life due to this intelligent control system and last for up to one week, depending on use. You can fully recharge InnoMake within three hours with the provided Micro-USB cable. You can start walking as soon as the battery is fully charged.
The built-in electronics are optimally protected by the water and dust resistant casing. You have the choice to move outside in any weather, rain or shine.
The InnoMake App has a user-friendly interface, fully acoustically output by the Apple accessibility tool VoiceOver and is therefore accessible.
You can make more detailed adjustments in the App, such as e.g. changing the detection range from 0.5 metres to 4 metres, in 0.5 metre steps. We have not even mentioned the additional mode settings, a shoe search function, and a simple battery status indicator.
The core of the App is the acoustic feedback that it generates, which is provided via various headphones connected to the mobile end device.
In this way, you can ideally distinguish whether the obstacle feedback is coming from the left or right shoe.
For this purpose, we recommend the use of so-called bone conduction headphones. This prevents the drowning out of environmental noises. Link to Apple Watch will follow!
Walking and gait analysis
The journey of optimizing the function
To ensure the proper functioning different research and investigations had been carried out. The Lab for walking and gait analysis of the Speising hospital for orthopedics helped us to acquire measurements of an average step for a blind person. 20 different cameras recorded a person moving up and down the lab.
Through this cooperation it was made possible to measure important features and values to design an ideal shoe and correctly plan out in which parts of the shoe which components are built in. With the help of DI Dr. A. Kranzl(Hospital Speising) further ideas about a prototype with regards to inclinations, bendability and stability were discussed.
The InnoMake can be tested and ordered by Videbis GmbH and by Tec-Innovation GmbH. Videbis is an Austrian specialist dealer in technology for visually impaired and blind people. They also support you in applying for the costs of InnoMake. Make an appointment with the Videbis staff on + 43 1 27 88 333.
Shoe & technology combined
InnoMake is made with built-in metal tracks in the front of the shoe. Waldviertler integrates the metal tracks in the shoe production process. The InnoMake attachments can be inserted and removed from these tracks.
Waldviertler guarantees high quality, which means when the soles or other shoe components become worn, they can be renewed with little effort in the repair workshops.
Variant 1 – InnoMake in Waldviertler shoes:
The metal tracks are installed directly by Waldviertler. You can freely choose the model, size and colour of the shoes on offer.
Variant 2 – Retrofit InnoMake:
The metal tracks are installed in your own shoes or Hartjes shoes by an orthopaedic shoemaker – because your satisfaction is important to us.
With these two variants, you remain flexible and have the advantage that you can use your favourite shoes for any occasion. Deep integration into everyday life is therefore possible and InnoMake is always with you.