FAQ

Yes, STRAP Technologies’ goal is to be the first total replacement of the white cane. The technology exists now and we’re living in the right moment for this innovation to come along and have a significant and positive impact on the blind and visually impaired community.

The STRAP Technologies team has been working on research and development of STRAP for over 3 years.

For those who order early, we are offering STRAP for $500.00. The normal price of STRAP will be $750.00 so those who preorder now, can save $250.00.

Today, a deposit of $50 is due to reserve your STRAP device.

For those who order early, we are offering our device for $500.00, but we are only asking for a 10% deposit now. The balance of $450.00 will be due when the device is complete and ready for shipment. We expect this timing to be between late summer and early fall, 2021. We will notify all customers for their final purchase amount two week prior to shipping the device to your doorstep.

STRAP uses haptic language which is based on human behavior rather than a traditional language. Our haptic sensors (we use vibration-type and single-point-pressure-type sensors) are located in both the device itself which, when worn, is located at the chest, and also within the straps that hold the device to your chest. The straps go over the shoulders and around the torso. STRAP sends haptic patterns of vibrations and “pokes” in different intensities, spatial patterns, and with various timing. In this way, the device is available to all global users regardless of their traditional language.

STRAP is a wearable device worn around the chest. Our haptic sensors (we use vibration-type and single-point-pressure-type) are located in both the device itself which, when worn, is located at the chest, and also within the straps that hold the device to your chest. The straps go over your shoulders and around your torso. Users are able to wear jackets and other outer clothing as long as it does not cover the core of the STRAP device.

STRAP is the world’s first replacement for the white cane. An innovative wearable device that is offered in a black, hard plastic casing with the front side built with acoustic mesh and a breathable plate on the back. With 2 adjustable shoulder harnesses and a wrap around belt for your core, STRAP is designed for all ages. Product features: power switch on top, learning mode button on the left, WPS button right, headphone jack left, 360 magnetic charging port in the bottom. 

The chest is a fundamental body part for accomplishing secure & accurate obstacle detection. On the other hand, several assistive tech devices for the blind have tried putting wearables on the head, wrist, feet, and even on the cane in recent years. The problem with these wearable locations is that they are always in constant movement, and the product design lacks understanding about how a visually impaired person moves. For example, the wrist is always moving while we walk which could lead to not detecting an obstacle because the hand at that moment has moved in another direction due to natural walking motion.The same issue would occur if you put the sensors on the person’s head or cane.

Yes, Strap was designed to be used by all ages, from 7 to 80 years old. STRAP’s adjustable chest strap also allows different heights and weights to use STRAP with ease.

STRAP is totally independent device. You don’t need an app to begin using it.

The comments we hear from our first time users are very uplifting so we know that we’re tracking to our mission of independence and helping the visually impaired explore in new ways. The comment we get the most is the awe of the device being hands-free and the excitement that this brings. We also get feedback on the wearability, how it fits and the ease of use and quick understanding of the haptic language. Our testers have been very happy, and we’ve enjoyed witnessing the surprise that STRAP delivers for the first time user, it has been really impressive for our team to get these results.

We are continuing to test so the numbers will climb. As of December 2020, we have had over 250+ users test STRAP and approximately 17,000 hours of testing.

STRAP uses the same technology available in self-driving cars. Because at the end of the day, our goal is the same except that they are navigating automobiles and we want to help the visually impaired navigate better in the world. We should add that the vast investment and innovation the autonomous car driving industry has generated the last five years is responsible for letting us accomplish our unique technology. Now radar and ultrasonic sensors are better, cheaper, smaller and more accurate than ever. This is why we have not seen a replacement of the cane before. The technology was not ready for it. Now it is. We have made prototypes that include LIDAR, but have found this technology to be rather limited and expensive relative to the more capable RADAR and ultrasonic. Therefore we, (like Tesla,) will most likely not be including LIDAR in our device.

The main incentive of STRAP is to achieve more independence for people with visual disabilities and give them more opportunities without the need to carry a cane or any other accessory. Our long term goal is to replace the white cane entirely. Our team has developed a wearable device that is composed of sensors and uses haptic language. Just by feeling vibrations in different parts of the body, the user is warned of obstacles, detected by the device’s sensors that are interpreted and classified by artificial intelligence. For example, if the user is on a sidewalk, this will not be perceived as an obstacle and the device will not attempt to warn you. But if it perceives a pothole in the sidewalk, it will identify danger and warn you. The wearable device also detects the approach of moving objects such as vehicles, alerting the user with enough time for the person to stop. Something new is the ability to detect things above the waist, spaces that the cane does not have access to. Thanks to the sensors, tall objects are detected such as trees, poles, signs, and columns, avoiding run-ins that can often occur and that the cane cannot detect. In addition to haptic language, STRAP also provides straight line navigation and the ability to go up and down stairs.

We are in the process of developing a haptic language for our STRAP device. Yes, there are different vibration patterns and intensities for the user to understand what is in front of them. Our team has developed haptic actuators in each over the shoulder strap and in the main core of the wearable device. With this development, STRAP offers a different sequence of vibrations for each situation.

We only use audio for you to learn how to use STRAP.

We don’t believe there’s a significant learning curve as STRAP is easy to use and it takes about 2 minutes to fully understand the product. We continue to monitor first time use of the device with our testers and we’re very satisfied with how our initial testers respond to STRAP their first time using the device.

Yes, STRAP will let you know if the obstacle in front of you is a hole, a step, and even down stairs and upstairs.

All visible solid and transparent objects, even water.

No, but STRAP is splash resistant.

At this time, STRAP does not work with 3rd party GPS apps. We do have this planned for the future.

Price 

For those who order early, we are offering our device for $500 USD (american dollars). Preorder your device with a $50 USD deposit now.