With the WAIBRObelt we enable blind and visually impaired people a bit more independence in sports. Become a WAIBRO ambassador, show that the topic is important to you, and get cool WAIBRO ambassador packages like running socks, shirts, hoodies, or a starting place at a running event in Austria at the end of April in our crowdfunding campaign.
With your support, we bring the WAIBRObelt to the market and revolutionize blind sports!
Crowdfunding is now online on Indigogo. Check it out!
DID YOU KNOW?
One in 25 people is blind or visually impaired*. Globally, this is roughly equivalent to the population of the USA.
*People with visual impairment have 10 percent or less of their vision.
Independent running for blind and visually impaired people on sports tracks without accompaniment is currently almost impossible. Why? See for yourself with our visual impairment simulator. Would you go running with the view from the right picture without a guide or WAIBRObelt?
Running track from the perspective of one who has unrestricted eyesight (left) and one who is visually impaired (right).
FOR NO LIMITS
The WAIBRObelt now makes it possible for blind and visually impaired people to use sports running tracks independently and without the help of an attendant. Our communication belt uses a camera to detect the lane on running tracks as well as the athlete's position and to detect obstacles. Simply put, our WAIBRObelt works like the lane departure warning system on a car. Information and navigation are communicated in simple, quick-to-learn and intuitive vibration patterns. The vibration pulses can also be learned and personalized via our own mobile application. With the WAIBRObelt, blind and visually impaired athletes literally always stay on the right (running) track.
WHY WE NEED
YOUAS AN WAIBRO AMBASSADOR
In order for us to start production for the first series of the WAIBRObelt, we still need a working capital loan. With a successful crowdfunding campaign, we can apply for this very loan to produce the first belts. In addition, the verification procedures are to be financed so that our WAIBRObelt receives the necessary certifications to be approved and sold in the EU.
The idea for a wearable for the blind and visually impaired was born several years ago, as WAIBRO founder Katerina Sedlackova is active as a guide athlete for her visually impaired sister. In the course of her activity, she also perceived the difficulties caused by the lack of guides in blind sports.
As a result, she founded WAIBRO in 2019 and developed the WAIBRObelt together with her team. Through close and personal contact with the blind sports community, the belt was continuously tested with blind and visually impaired athletes, improved and adapted to their needs. Now we are close to the first small production of our belt and with your help we will reach the next milestone.