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Blind man creates walking aid for the visually impaired with the help of his neighbour

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2019-09-03 11:53

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Ramble Tag is a harness with a handle that straps on the arm which eliminates the potential awkwardness of a stroll with a stranger by avoiding the need for direct bodily contact.

“We both have fairly large dogs which we - with me as the guide - often walk together. Several times we lost continuity and personal contact. On one of these occasions, I commented that he needed something to hold on to, and Tom replied “a wee handle!. We immediately realised how easy it would be to retain contact this way. This kernel sparked the concept and design of The Ramble Tag.

And so our journey began... That night Prototype 1 was put together from a knee brace and a hold-all handle. The next day we had a trial run and we loved it. Tom and I are neighbours and we soon realised the fun and challenge we could have together in creating this concept into reality. We have developed the prototypes, designs, illustrations ourselves refining and further developing the product at every stage. Tom, with his background in Graphic Art was able to create a large piece of artwork of the logo and I, with my background in Fine Art, were able to produce the unique Ramble Tag logo which defines the product. Our main goal is to empower those who are visually impaired. Our story will feature on the packaging and we hope that this will inspire others to reach their own personal goals”, Laura explained.

The team launched a crowdfunding campaign, at Kickstarter, in 2018, to further develop the product and get more visibility.

The invention is already being used at by the Glasgow Airport airport staff, who spotted the Ramble Tag’s potential help visually impaired passengers.

Ramble Tag can be bought online from £21.00.

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More info: https://rambletag.co.uk/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsU9Lhq_Da8

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Tom Forsyth, born in the UK, in 1953, is a blind man who invented Ramble Tag, with the help of his neighbour and artist Laura Maclean. It consists of a walking aid that aims to improve the experience of guided walking for visually impaired people.

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