A smart-cane for the blind aims to make the world more accessible...
A 23-year-old university graduate from the National University of Singapore has designed a smart-cane for the blind that guides users to their chosen destination using tactile navigation and audio cues.
The BlindSpot cane, which looks the same as regular white cane, incorporates a smartphone with Wi-Fi, 3G and GPS and a Bluetooth headset; all of which can be charged wirelessly. It also features ultrasonic technology to detect low-hanging objects.
Using such technology the device can locate friends who have checked into locations on Foursqaure and guide the user to them using a voice commands and vibrations.
Image Credit: James Dyson Awards, 2011.
BlindSpot was designed by Selene Chew, as part of her final-year industrial design thesis at the National University of Singapore. The design came in joint second at this years James Dyson Awards; netting her $3,200 for her efforts.
The James Dyson Awards is an international design competition that is open to University students in 18 countries. The goal of the competition is to come up with something that solves a problem.
This years winning prize went to Edward Linacre from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, for his Airdrop technology – a concept that extracts moisture from the air to irrigate crops.
No plans have been made to manufacture the new smart-cane, however Chew says she aims to find a suitable company to help further develop the project.
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- Jacqueline Seng: BlindSpot: Smart cane concept looks to future. Crave Asia, Cnet, 11/08/2011.