This smart cane integrates with a smartphone to guide the visually impaired using Google maps and includes obstacle detection sensors.
It’s called WeWalk and it’s developed by a visually impaired engineer named Kursat Ceylan in Turkey, to help blind people overcome their daily challenges and limitations. The innovative cane was created to help make the world more accessible.
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WeWalk has built-in speakers that provide verbal directions using Google Maps through a smartphone and Bluetooth connectivity. The directions can be requested by speaking to the smart cane using the integrated voice assistant.
The device also has control buttons to move back and forth instead of using the phone or voice assistant. It also includes high-end sensors that make the device vibrate when an obstacle is detected including above chest level obstacles.
It’s a much-needed innovation that utilises existing technologies to increase independence and promote full participation in social life for the 50 million people who are using a cane, according to the World Health Organization.