Hi-Tech Cane Attachment Helps the Blind Navigate Through Indian Streets

By: Amelia Roblin - Jan 28, 2015
References: tuvie
The designer of this hi-tech cane attachment solves several major problems that the blind face on a daily basis while traversing cities on foot. The visually impaired naturally benefit from a white cane, allowing them to feel out the surfaces before them, but this isn't enough when a basic step-by-step approach to traveling is taken.

With the urban environments of India in mind, Parasu Kannan worked to make cramped public bus transportation more accessible to the individual. Not being able to see the route number displayed, the Spot Stick would pick up the infrared transmitter signal from the shuttle and translate it into a voice description through the navigator's speaker or connected earbuds. To improve the visibility of blind pedestrians at night, this hi-tech cane attachment comes with a blinking light, generally turning your basic walking stick into a valuable piece of equipment for independence.