Bored Panda works better on our iPhone app
Continue in app Continue in browser
BoredPanda Add Post

The Bored Panda iOS app is live! Fight boredom with iPhones and iPads here.

Blind Engineer Invents A ‘Smart Cane’ That Uses Google Maps To Help Blind People Navigate
337points
User submission
311.4K
140.9K
Social Issues, Technology2 years ago

Blind Engineer Invents A ‘Smart Cane’ That Uses Google Maps To Help Blind People Navigate

Today, many products have been reinvented through technology. From smart planters to smart TVs, the power of technology doesn’t surprise us anymore. While many of the newest technological creations are dedicated to entertainment, there are many which contribute to our well being, especially to those who experience a disability of some sort.

More info: Instagram | Facebook | wewalk.io

Recently, a revolutionizing smart cane called WeWalk has been introduced to help blind people navigate their surroundings much more efficiently when they are on their own.

The cane was invented by a visually impaired engineer Kursat Ceylan, who is the CEO and co-founder of Young Guru Academy (YGA), the Turkish non-profit behind WeWALK. Being blind himself, Ceylan knows firsthand what challenges people like him face and decided to put his knowledge into inventing something that could greatly improve people’s life.

“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,” he told CNN.

The smart cane assists visually impaired people using smart technology, some of which we use every day.

It’s equipped with built-in speakers, a voice assistant, Google, and sensors that send vibrations to warn about obstacles above chest level.

The smart cane is available on the company’s website and runs for around $500.

Here’s how people reacted

141Kviews

Share on Facebook
Popular on Bored Panda
What do you think ?
Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
2 years ago

OMGoodness!!! Just one question... What took us so long??? I LOVE this!

Bread Lady
Community Member
2 years ago

Spot on - I agree 100%

Load More Replies...
R L
Community Member
2 years ago

If Google maps is accurate and updated regularly, this is a fantastic idea. Now to make it affordable to the visually impaired.

Bettina Jansen
Community Member
2 years ago

forget affordable, it should be automatically given/refunded ! (I live in the Netherlands)

Load More Replies...
Michelle Line
Community Member
2 years ago

This is SO AWESOME! Google has become so much more accurate these days. Recently, I was curious about how close it pin-pointed where I was so I turned it on to watch. It tracked me exactly as I drove around a Cloverleaf entrance ramp to the interstate. There's not mistaking where I was physically versus electronically. It was nearly exact.

Load More Comments
Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
2 years ago

OMGoodness!!! Just one question... What took us so long??? I LOVE this!

Bread Lady
Community Member
2 years ago

Spot on - I agree 100%

Load More Replies...
R L
Community Member
2 years ago

If Google maps is accurate and updated regularly, this is a fantastic idea. Now to make it affordable to the visually impaired.

Bettina Jansen
Community Member
2 years ago

forget affordable, it should be automatically given/refunded ! (I live in the Netherlands)

Load More Replies...
Michelle Line
Community Member
2 years ago

This is SO AWESOME! Google has become so much more accurate these days. Recently, I was curious about how close it pin-pointed where I was so I turned it on to watch. It tracked me exactly as I drove around a Cloverleaf entrance ramp to the interstate. There's not mistaking where I was physically versus electronically. It was nearly exact.

Load More Comments
Popular on Bored Panda
Popular on Bored Panda
User Submissions
Also on Bored Panda
Also on Bored Panda