Ubivade - Vibrating navigation belt
The first navigation system, usable by each means of transport, that will take you wherever you want without thinking about the route.
Ubivade is a vibro-tactile navigation belt that transmits information to the user by means of sixteen vibrating motors. The type of vibration and where it happens on the belt tells the user where to go without distracting visual or audio cues. It all goes to make for a more pleasurable travel experience.
Ubivade is a wearable device that can be used on any known means of transport. Its app lets you choose between on foot, by bus, bicycle, motorcycle and car setting. The guide signals are automatically adjusted changing the vibration intensity and the indication distance before turns.
Ubivade finds the quickest and safest route to make your trip a stress-free experience. Enter your destination and means of transport on our app, tuck it safely into your pocket and just let Ubivade do the rest. Thanks to turn-by-turn navigation signals, Ubivade takes you to your destination by means of vibro-tactile signals.
Ubivade connects with our app on your smartphone via Bluetooth. Set up your destination and the mean of transport and Ubivade will take care of the rest.
Ubivade lets you save battery life, keep your smartphone safe in your pocket and avoid distracting audiovisual cues.
This project was inspired by a very important scientific concept called Umwelt and veered into its final goal; the expansion of reality perceived by humans.
The term Umwelt is usually translated as "self-centered world" .
Imagine Umwelt as an enormous sphere that surrounds our body, as large as our five senses will allow to be and capable of filtering and distorting our vision of the world, its result is different for every individual.
The bigger the sphere, the bigger the dimensions of our world and our ability to interact with it.
Our goal is to expand human sensorial perception using modern technology to enlarge the dimensions of our perceived world.
We use GPS technology to calculate your route and the belt starts sending information straight to your brain.
The direction signals are sent to the body through a structure composed of sixteen vibration motors, that give vibro-tactile feedback which is easily understood by the brain.
In the beginning, this exchange of data is interpreted by our rational brain, which will associate a specific answer to each urge. After a short training period, this mechanism becomes internalized and automated, and is moved to our unconscious mind so we never have to think about it. Our bodies react automatically.
With Ubivade you just have to enter your destination and let your body follow the route, while you can relax and even hold a conversation.
Ubivade sends navigation information through its sixteen vibration motors located on the belt: depending on the upcoming turn, the four groups of motors, divided into right, left, straight and wrong-way, vibrate to guide you to your destination.
Ubivade vibrates into different frequencies to show what type of turn is coming up. Continuous vibration means a hard right, while an intermittent one stands for a slight turn.
An upcoming roundabout is indicated by all the vibration motors vibrating for a number of times corresponding to the exit number. To recharge the battery, you just have to connect Ubivade to an USB socket and a green led will tell you when it's fully charged. The system is compatible both with iOS and with Android.
Ubivade is the ideal partner for those who love travelling, offering a stressless experience and free hands. By choosing the walking mode, it automatically reduces the vibration power and tells you to turn fifty metres ahead of time.
If the trip is too far to walk there are also bus maps incuded in our app. Ubivade tells you which stop to get off at by vibrating before.
Keep your hands on the handlebars and your smartphone in your pocket, Ubivade will guide you to your destination. Poor screen visibility in bright light conditions will no longer be a problem, keeping the smartphone in your pocket and receiving tactile-feedback, distractions will be reduced to a minimum, and power consumption too.
The unexpected is just around the corner! Stay focused on the street to prevent car accidents.
Ubivade is made by top Italian craftsmen, where innovation merges with tradition. You can combine your chosen colour, blue, brown or black, with your desired clasp, available in two models, Classic and Sport, available in two colours: metallized and matte black.
The key-word that inspired our design process is simplicity. Ubivade is unisex and will be offered in a variety of styles to match both casual and formal outfits. Each belt is made individually and you can chose both colour and size.
In the design process, the very first step was the choice of a shape which we chose from our many sketches. That way, the best model, in terms of aesthetical attractiveness and functionality, was conceived.
Then the prototyping phase starts, first of all a 3D model that goes beyond existing standards is finished and then created with the help of a 3D printer to obtain a model which is then ready for the testing phase.
We designed Ubivade to be beautiful both inside and out and, thanks to the latest generation of Bluetooth technology, the system is compatible both with iOS and Android.
Ubivade is made merging the work of the best italian craftsmen with the latest technologies in terms of production. Our goal is to merge tradition and innovation.
We're planning the development of a navigation system for blind people, integrating an "assistant" mode into our app that gives more frequent tactile-feedback and a voice-activated configuration.
Photos of Marco Zagaria - Designer and creator of the projects Ubivade and Egloo
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Risks and challenges
After two years of hard work Ubivade is ready for a global market.
We have made several prototypes to optimize the various functions of the product and to solve all the issues, finally obtaining a fully functioning concept.
We created a strong network of suppliers to ensure the highest quality and production speed.
You will be updated on the developments of Ubivade step by step; we want to create a perfect product from all points of view.
Thanks to this campaign on kickstarter we hope to develop Ubivade for blind and deaf people too in order to improve their living conditions.
We are confident that together we can do so much.
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