Here’s an amazing development called WeWALK. WeWALK is a revolutionary smart cane for the visually impaired that uses Google Maps to aid the visually impaired to navigate the streets. The development of smartphones have help the visually impaired, but with WeWALK it combines the benefits offered by a smartphone into an everyday probing cane.
With WeWALK, the user will can ‘use’ or ‘control’ his or her smartphone while keeping the device in the pocket, thus leaving the user’s one hand free. The cane is outfitted with speakers to relay information like nearby stores, navigation et cetera via audio to the visually impaired. Ultrasonic sensor, along with vibrator motors, built into the handle warns the user of obstacles ahead – overhead obstacles, included.
The setup comprises of an electronic handle with receptacle for a regular cane to be inserted. Users are also able to leverage on voice assistant to aid in his/her everyday life. It being built around an open platform means that developers can add smartphone-based functions like ride-sharing apps and other transportation services.
WeWALK is kept juiced by a rechargeable battery which is good for up to 5 hours per charge and it will work with both Android and iOS smartphones.