We have smart cars, smart phones...why not a smart (walking) cane?


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NEW CANE WITH CAMERA, SENSORS MAY HELP VISUALLY IMPAIRED!

Stanford University researchers have given the traditional white cane used by the visually impaired a technological upgrade to help them better avoid potential obstacles. Called the Augmented Cane, the new tool is equipped with multiple sensors and intuitive feedback mechanisms to guide users around indoor and outdoor obstacles and enable them to walk faster, the researchers said earlier this week. The new cane also includes technology to help guide users to specific locations pre-programmed into its system. With additional refinements, the researchers said the new cane could assist the more than 250 million people around the world who have difficulties moving outside their homes due to visual impairment.


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