Blind engineer invents smart walking stick with Google maps, others for blind people

A visually impaired engineer has invented a technology powered cane to ease the the daily living of others like him.

As someone who faces the daily challenges of being blind, Kursat Ceylan knew the limitations of the current technology that people like him have to make do of. Knowing this, he created the WeWALK (smart stick for visually impaired people) in hopes of changing the lives of the blind.

This innovative cane includes a built-in speakers, voice assistance, Google Maps, a Bluetooth system that makes syncing to other devices possible, and high-end sensors that alerts the user through vibrations when above chest level obstacles are within proximity—something a regular cane cannot provide.

While speaking to CNN, Ceylan explained “In these days we are talking about flying cars, but these people have been using just a plain stick,” he explained to CNN. “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.”

A lot of people have expressed their joy and excitement for having this kind of device available for the visually impaired.

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