A ‘Smart Cane’ That Uses Google Maps To Help Blind People Navigate – Invented By A Blind Engineer

By. Anuradha

Technology is improving drastically and we can regularly hear about many innovations coming to the market. Among these, some are made for entertainment, some are made for communication and there are also products which are made to help the people who are in need. These products are more important than the rest as they can make a huge change in many people’s lives. The ‘Smart Cane’ made by the visually impaired engineer Kursat Ceylan also belongs to this category.

Ceylan is the CEO and co-founder of Young Guru Academy (YGA). they recently invented a smart cane named as we walk to help the blind people navigate their surroundings by their own using Google Maps. Ceylan had more than enough bad experiences in his life when trying to walk alone by himself. He was often lost in new localities and it was really hard to find his way without the assistance of someone. So, he decided to use his knowledge to invent something that would be very much useful to people like him.

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Speaking to CNN, he told that “In these days, we are talking about flying cars, but these people have been using just a plain stick. 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… which stores are around me. That kind of information can be provided with the WeWalk”. 

This cane is equipped with built-in speakers, a voice assistant, Google and sensors that send vibrations to warn about the obstacles that they meet on their path. Any blind person can easily use it without any difficulty and this would surely make their lives much easier.

The cane can be purchased from the company’s website for around a price of $500.