A blind man invented a 'smart cane' to navigate the world

By John Farrier Sep 07, 2019

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Kursat Ceylan, a Turkish engineer, has been blind since birth. He applied his technical expertise to help himself and other people like him overcome that disability.

The "WeWalk" is a cane that comes with a built-in sensor to detect obstacles. It can also be paired with a smartphone to provide digital navigation assistance. CNN reports:

The WeWalk stick has an ultrasonic sensor that detects obstacles above chest level and uses vibrations to warn the user. It can be paired with a smartphone to help navigation, and is integrated with a voice assistant and Google Maps. [...]

Ceylan, who has been blind since birth, says that connecting the stick to the Internet of Things and smart city solutions makes it user-friendly.

"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 ... [or] which stores are around me. That kind of information can be provided with the WeWalk," he says.