The 'mySmartCane' Walking Stick Guides the Visually Impaired

By: Michael Hemsworth - Nov 26, 2016
References: manchester.ac.uk & newatlas
Aiming to help provide additional support for those with a visual impairment, the 'mySmartCane' walking stick features an array of sensors that help to guide users through their surroundings.

The 'mySmartCane' works like parking sensors that are incorporated into vehicles in order to detect the proximity of obstacles and help users to avoid them. The 'mySmartCane' consists of a 3D-printed ball that is affixed onto the end of the cane in order to house the sensors. It can be retrofitted onto virtually any cane and is capable of providing auditory feedback to the user to play a series of beeps relating to how close the object is.

The 'mySmartCane' walking stick is the work of University of Manchester PhD student Vasileios Tsormpatzoudis who wanted to help those struggling with ocular impairments.