Walking aid invention for blind lands first major supply deal

the ramble tag

A walking aid designed to help blind people navigate without the potential awkwardness of holding onto a stranger has been successfully trialled and rolled out at Glasgow Airport.

The Ramble Tag is a lightweight harness that straps to the arm of a guide and features a handle for a blind person to hold onto.   

It was invented by neighbours, Tom Forsyth and Laura Maclean, who aimed to improve the experience of guided walking.

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Staff at Glasgow Airport spied the potential of the Ramble Tag to help visually impaired passengers navigate the terminal.

The Ramble Tag launched a crowdfunding initiative recently to raise £3,500 to help bring the product to market and it is looking to increase its colour range. It is currently available in high visibility orange and a handful of more discrete colours, including black.

The company’s kickstarter pitch said that Forsyth and Maclean have invested joint savings of £5,000 to launch Ramble Tag.

It said: “At this point in time we cannot predict order numbers. If things go according to plan, we will be in the position to increase our stock and colour range and further develop packaging.

“We currently have the ability to produce 200 per week, if numbers fly, our manufacturers are ready.”

Image credit: The Ramble Tag

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