Digital guides for visually impaired athletes

We want you to run free

In early 2022, Nordic Evolution introduced a new way for visually impaired to move without traditional companions such as man or dog. An audio guidance system that enables blind athletes to independently follow digitally designed paths and focus on the task at hand, the motion.

It is an indescribable feeling of freedom to be able to run by myself as a blind person, something I have longed for all my life!

 Ida Östlund

News! - SNOW DEPTH MEASUREMENT

Our guide module as a snow Gauge

Snow depth measurement through a digital 3-dimensional GPS-based coordinate system

Our guide module for digital guidance now indicates differences in height and can therefore also be used to measure snow depth. The guide module measures its position in 3 dimensions and allows you to follow “recorded paths” and measure the difference between different positions. For snow depth measurement, the guide module is first moved over the area/track without snow, and then, when the guide module is moved over the snow-covered ground, the system indicates the difference in level to the bare ground by sound signals, at 10 centimetre intervals.

Contact us to discuss how we can supply our system as a tool for snow depth measurement.

Guidance through sound signals

While following a pre-recorded digital path, you hear infrequent signals in both ears. If you stray off the path, the side facing the center turns silent, while the signal gets increasingly frequent in the ear furthest away from center. This makes it easy to keep in the center while moving along a digital path.

The Nordic Evolution guidence system generates sound alerts in the left and right ear so the visually impaired person can stay center while following a digital path

Blind Athletes Demonstrate the system

We sell our digital guide system

Guidance module

For visually impaired

A digital guide system that enables people with impaired vision to enjoy sports and everyday trips without being accompanied by a guide. Popular activities are for example running, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, long jump, skating, kayaking and hiking. The digital guide is also convenient in your everyday life, for walking to school, the grocery store, the gym etc. without a companion.

What to carry

Wireless earphones and the Nordic Evolution guidance module which is 14 cm high, weighs about 100 grams and is worn with a custom headband. The system requires a WIFI-network which can be generated by a smartphone.

How to set up navigation

First you create the digital path you would like to follow, or you use the user-generated paths in our database. You can record a path by moving the module over the ground, but you can also design the path on a map in our computer interface. 

Then you design the type of audio signals that you would like as a guide along the path. Besides GPS navigation you can set distance marks, information about slopes or other places of interest, it’s up to you!

unique guide/position system

The compact Nordic Evolution guidance module includes a high-precision GPS that connects to several satellite systems and with a unique series of sensors, the system offers an average position accuracy of 10 cm in the majority of Sweden. In optimal environments, the system can reach an accuracy of 1 cm. This precision, combined with a sophisticated and intuitive computer interface, enables users to easily create and follow their own paths, as well as sharing them with other users. As of today, the Nordic Evolution guidance system is solely adapted to the local network conditions in Sweden, so please contact us for use in other countries.

Suitable for various activities

Follow the links below to explore how you can use our digital guidance system in various ways

Long jump

Swimming

Skating

Everyday life

Cycling

Triathlon

Set up guide paths and sound alerts

Manage paths In the user interface

Design paths and sound alerts in the firmware for visually impaired athletes

A path following an arena track

Digital guide path for visually impaired recorded from gps

Buy a system for your sports ground

To your visually impaired athletes

Do you want to make your sports club available for visually impaired athletes? Enable them to run, jump etc. on their own without the need of available companions? We want as many people as possible to benefit from our digital guides and sharing a system is a great way to increase accessibility.

We always deliver our systems with training but we also offer to set up the paths you want around your sporting grounds. For athletics, this could for example be a digital path for the long jump, the 100 meter sprint and along a lap around the arena, that also could be used for warm ups before other sports. In this way, your visually impaired athletes could enjoy some of the exercises without being dependent on a companion.

Contact us to discuss how we can supply a digital guide with custom paths to the visually impaired athletes in your sports club.

With custom designed paths

A few of our customers

Our digital guidance system is used for cross-country skiing at Kimstad GoIF Skidcenter

Our digital guidance system is used for running at Friidrottsarenan Campus Valla

Our digital guidance system is used for running at Råslätts IP

Blind child testing digital guidance with the Nordic Evolution GPS system
blind person skiing with digital guide gps module on helmet
Den blinde motionären Johan Pettersson testade digital ledsagning på löparbana genom Nordic Evolutions GPS-baserade digitala ledsagare.