Turkish inventor creates Smart Cane to help the visually impaired navigate their surroundings better.
A blind engineer from Turkey, Kursat Ceylan, invented the WeWalk Smart Cane to “support the visually impaired into their full participation in social life”. Kursat was trying to find his way to a hotel, using a smartphone map app and a cane while pulling luggage, when he walked into a pole, cutting his forehead. This unfortunate bump helped inspire him to try and find a solution.
His invention has the potential to help the 250 million blind people in the world navigate safely using the cane's built-in speakers, Google maps, a voice assistant, and high-end sensors that send vibrations to warn the user of obstacles ahead.
“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,” Kursat explained.