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Smart cane uses sensors to guide the visually impaired


An integrated smart cane uses ultrasonic sensors to alert users of obstacles and to allow independent mobility for visually impaired.

Technology as a tool to change people’s lives is one of the great achievements of innovation. While guide dogs were once the main tool to assist the visually impaired, new creations are helping along the way. A simple-to-learn typeface has been created by one company to help the visually impaired. Elsewhere, a wearable sensory device helps those in need with vibrations.

Vibrations are an important consideration when creating a device for those who have imperfect sight. A new smart cane called WeWALK has entered the market with its sensory device. WeWALK, created by Young Guru Academy, helps the visually impaired be more independent with advance obstacle avoidance technology. The device has ultrasonic sensors so it can instantly notify the user via vibration if there are objects on the ground or overhead.

The technology is built on an open platform which means third-party apps can be integrated. The smart cane also has a microphone and supports apps such as Google Maps for direct navigation via voice. Partnerships with ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft will soon be available. WeWALK also features sound alerts, a security LED light, a wrist strap hole and soft-touch grip. With its software development kit and tools, developers can directly access the cane’s core capabilities to build a range of practical solutions to meet all users need.

The creators behind WeWALK are current crowdsourcing for the product, which is expected to retail at 349 USD. By giving the cane the potential to be tailored to individual requirements, its market widens as it can cater for all people. How else could smart devices change the lives of those in need?




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