Ramble Tag is a simple yet clever device that allows a sighted individual to more easily guide a visually impaired person who is wanting a guiding arm. The Ramble Tag cuff wraps around the guide’s upper arm. A drop loop off of the cuff gives the guided person a handhold for guiding, without having to physically hold or touch the sighted guide. This allows for close contact guiding, while not having to get too close. The loop affords a little more space and independence between the guide and the guided, and may offer a more comfortable way for a stranger to guide a person needing assistance. As a contactless guidance method, Ramble Tag is particularly useful for those who wish to avoid touching their guide. Physical boundaries can be easily respected.
The Ramble Tag comes in bright orange, to more easily distinguish it as a guidance aid. It also might be visible by a guided person with a limited amount of sight. It can be worn on either arm, but for the ease of putting on, it is available in 2 styles – with the loop available to the guided person's right hand, or the loop available to their left hand. If the guide thinks they will mainly be guiding people who would hold their cane or their dog in their right hand, the guide would want to wear the cuff on their right arm, with the loop available to the guided person’s left hand. This is a LEFT hand ramble tag. The guide is on the left of the cane user. If the guide anticipates that more walkers will want the guide on the walker’s right side, then they should get the RIGHT hand Ramble Tag. The picture with the hand shows a RIGHT hand Ramble Tag.
The Ramble Tag is an excellent guidance device for a public venue to offer its visually impaired patrons. One or two volunteers can be wearing a Ramble Tag, ready to assist anyone that might need some additional guidance. Works well in theaters, transportation hubs, houses of worship, and office spaces.