The XploR Cane Helps the Blind Track Down Family and Friends

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - May 12, 2015
References: bcu.ac.uk & gizmag
Researchers at Birmingham City University have created a special mobility cane dubbed the XploR cane, which uses high-tech onboard electronics to help blind people locate people that they know.

The system uses a database of facial photographs of people known to the user. These photos are stored on an internal SD card, and the facial shots and a special facial recognition system are used to identify known faces from a distance of up to 10 meters. When a familiar person is spotted, the cane alerts its user by vibrating. It then uses its built-in GPS navigation system to guide the user to that person.

While there have previously been canes that use ultrasound and lasers, the inclusion of facial recognition technology adds a whole new layer of functionality to these canes.