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Tech Replaces Seeing Eye Dogs

Mygo Cane

— October 25, 2007 — Tech
A German student has invented an innovative technology that could prove revolutionary for the blind. The MyGo Cane has the potential to replace seeing eye dogs as guides for the visually impaired.

Sebastian Ritzler came up with the white cane which acts as an interactive guiding system while studying at Kiel's Muthesius Academy of Art and Design.

"The Mygo cane itself is supposed to be made out of some sort of super tough waterproof material and will be height adjustable so that it suits both males and females," Wired blog reported. "What makes the Mygo cane stand out from ordinary 'dumb' canes is the inclusion of a system with a smart sensor and camera combo which is capable of measuring the ground area accurately in real time while pushing auditory feedback to a headset.

"The integration of a mini wheel at the tip of the cane also helps greatly as it has a hub motor which provides intuitive feedback via the grip, doubling up as a steering guide which has a battery life of approximately 6 hours."

This invention could serve particularly useful for blind people afflicted by allergies to dog dander.

For over a dozen more innovations for the blind, check out the following trend:
Trend Themes
1. Smart Guiding Systems - The Mygo Cane introduces a smart sensor and camera combo to provide real-time ground area measurements and auditory feedback, offering a disruptive innovation opportunity for the development of smart guiding systems.
2. Height-adjustable Assistive Devices - The Mygo Cane's height adjustability feature presents an opportunity for the creation of height-adjustable assistive devices that can cater to both males and females, revolutionizing the way visually impaired individuals navigate their surroundings.
3. Allergy-friendly Innovations - The Mygo Cane addresses the needs of blind individuals with allergies to dog dander, paving the way for further allergy-friendly innovations that can offer alternative solutions for guiding the visually impaired.
Industry Implications
1. Assistive Technology - The Mygo Cane showcases the potential for disruptive innovation in the assistive technology industry by introducing advanced features like smart sensors and height adjustability.
2. Mobility Equipment - The development of the Mygo Cane introduces new possibilities for disruptive innovation in the mobility equipment industry, specifically for the creation of height-adjustable and smart guiding devices.
3. Healthcare and Accessibility - The Mygo Cane's allergy-friendly and intuitive design opens up avenues for disruptive innovation in the healthcare and accessibility industries, encouraging the development of inclusive solutions for visually impaired individuals.
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