A new smart cane is changing the way blind people can navigate the world in the best way possible.
WeWalk is an electronic walking stick that uses ultrasonic sensors to warn the user of nearby hindrances through vibrations in the handle. The can be synced up to a smartphone’s Bluetooth system, and since it is integrated with Voice Assistant and Google Maps software, the cane can use built-in speakers to inform the user of nearby stores and infrastructural details that they are not able to see.
Kursat Ceylan, the WeWalk founder and CEO, has been blind himself since birth. He designed the cane because he wanted to use modern technology as a tool for the visually impaired.
“In these days we are talking about flying cars, but these people have been using just a plain stick,” Kursad said. “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.”
Kursat and his team at the Turkish-based startup are hoping to pair the cane, which is being sold for $500, with ridesharing apps and transportation services to further improve its navigational abilities.
“Beyond being just a product, WeWALK is a social platform and a movement which unites all blind people in the world, creates awareness in society, and fosters accessibility, social inclusion, more and equal participation in social life,” said YGA, a nonprofit that is focused on developing innovative Technologies for the blind.
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