Today, many products have been reinvented through technology. From smart planters to smart TVs, the power of technology doesn’t surprise us anymore. While many of the newest technological creations are dedicated to entertainment, there are many which contribute to our well being, especially to those who experience a disability of some sort.
Recently, a revolutionizing smart cane called WeWalk has been introduced to help blind people navigate their surroundings much more efficiently when they are on their own.
The cane was invented by a visually impaired engineer Kursat Ceylan, who is the CEO and co-founder of Young Guru Academy (YGA), the Turkish non-profit behind WeWALK. Being blind himself, Ceylan knows firsthand what challenges people like him face and decided to put his knowledge into inventing something that could greatly improve people’s life.
“In these days, we are talking about flying cars, but these people have been using just a plain stick. As a blind person, when I am at the Metro station, I don’t know which is my exit… I don’t know which bus is approaching… which stores are around me. That kind of information can be provided with the WeWalk,” he told CNN.
The smart cane assists visually impaired people using smart technology, some of which we use every day.
It’s equipped with built-in speakers, a voice assistant, Google, and sensors that send vibrations to warn about obstacles above chest level. The cane can be paired with a smartphone’s Bluetooth system for easy control. Since it is also integrated with Voice Assistant and Google Maps software, it can use built-in speakers to inform the user of nearby stores and infrastructural details that they may not be able to see.
The smart cane is available on the company’s website and runs for around $500. As the Turkish tech start up gains more traction, the developers hope to eventually pair it with ridesharing apps and transportation services to further improve its navigational abilities.