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Does the shoe interpret the floor as an obstacle?

NO, the sensors built into the shoe make sure it only alerts the user to relevant obstacles.
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Is the range of the obstacle detection pre-determined?

NO, each user will be able to adjust the range to their needs. For example, users will be able to set the range to 50cm or to 2m.

How does the shoe alert the user to an obstacle?

If the system detects an obstacle, it will give an audio (and possibly also visual) warning signal and vibration feedback.

Can this system be used on multiple shoes?

Walkassist will be built into a special shoe, because a system that can be buckled onto different shoes would be prone to error and therefore not feasible. When launching this product, we will only offer a leisure shoe. But later we will also create a more elegant version, a sports shoe and a hiking shoe.

When will Walkassist be launched?

Launch is scheduled for the first quarter 2017.

Are you looking for volunteer testers?

Yes, we are already getting a lot of support from some organizations and our partners, but we always welcome new testers. If you are interested, please send us an e-mail.

How are you funding the development and marketing of this system?

Thanks to the support of friends, acquaintances and people who were interested in our project, we were able to found a company. Furthermore, the support of technical experts has enabled us to work on the development ourselves, instead of commissioning external companies. Because of this, we have been able to minimize costs. Regarding the marketing of our product and other economic matters, we were also assisted by some of our acquaintances, by very helpful lawyers and notaries and other individuals.

How does Walkassist work?

Due to pending patent issues, we are not yet able to provide detailed technical information. But here you can find some general information on its functionalities.

 

Should you have any further questions, please fill in our contact form.

 

THE MAN WHO ASKS A QUESTION IS A FOOL FOR ONE MINUTE,

THE MAN WHO DOES NOT ASK IS A FOOL FOR LIFE.

(QUOTE: K’UNG CH’IU)

Bild: Heinrich Staudinger, CEO Fa. Waldviertler Schuhe, GEA

Heinrich Staudinger
Geschäftsführer Waldviertler Schuhe
(GEA)