Visually Impaired People Can Move Around More Efficiently With This Smart Walking Stick
Harin - Oct 22, 2019
To improve the lives of the visually impaired, a company called YGA has come up with a smart walking stick named WeWalk Smart Cane.
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To improve the lives of the visually impaired, a company called YGA has come up with a smart walking device named WeWalk Smart Cane. The product with all of its accessibility features can be attached to a normal cane.
Users whenever come across an obstacle at their body or face levels will receive a warning from the smart cane thanks to its feature for obstacle detection. The feature is supported by ultrasonic sensors that are inside the device. This is undoubtedly a lifesaving feature that can prevent blind people from getting hurt.
To make the experience more seamless, it is possible to pair the cane with smartphones via Bluetooth. On the cane, there is a touchpad which user can use to control the smartphone as well as accessing some necessary features such as navigation and voice assistant.
Users can charge the device via a micro-USB port. Regarding WeWalk’s battery life, the company claims that one single charge can last for around 20 hours.
For pricing and availability, WeWalk comes at a price of $499 with one year of warranty. Worldwide shipping via FedEx, TNT, or UPS is available.
It's worth mentioning that Kursat Ceylan, the company’s CEO and co-founder is a blind person himself. WeWalk, rather than just being a product, is a social platform as well as a movement to unite all visually-impaired people in the world, to raise awareness, and to promote social inclusion, accessibility, and equal participation.
As an open platform, the plan of WeWalk is to expand the walking cane’s usability by integrating into the device support for ride-sharing apps such as Uber.