Visually impaired people can now cycle safely with the UltraBike unit.
The UltraBike is an ultrasound sensor kit that gives visually impaired people the ability to ride a bicycle on their own. The sensors on the device can detect obstacles ahead and alert the cyclist via vibrating handlebars.
The unit constantly gives feedback to the cyclist and uses the same technology as the UltraCane, which is an award-winning electronic mobility aid already used by thousands of blind people.
The UltraBike is detachable and can be fitted onto the handlebars of any bike model. It was designed by electronics engineer and entrepreneur Paul Clark. The gadget is recommended to be used in a controlled environment and Clark points out that it’s not suitable for “visually impaired road cyclists because road drivers assume a cyclist can see, so this is clearly too hazardous.”
Sound Foresight Technology is helping to organize UltraBike events and have the gadget more widely available. Currently, Clark and his team are looking for specific enhancements to the UltraBike technology for use in sport and velodrome settings.