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A Smart Cane For the Visually Impaired

This isn't an ordinary cane. WeWALK is a smart cane with sensors that detect obstacles and has voice-map integration to help the visually impaired.

WeWalk is not just the technology. It's the social movement.

This company in Turkey has created a smartcane to help connect nearly 217 million visually impaired people to the rest of the world. The WeWalk can detect objects at chest level and warn the user of their presence — which the conventional white cane cannot do. It is also integrated with a voice assistant and Google Maps to make secure navigation a possibility.

“Imagine as if you are blind and while you are walking in the street you have to hold your white cane at one hand. Also, you have to hold your smart phone in your other hand, and at the same time you have to use your cane, You have to check what is in front of you while you are walking. We be created WeWalk with three main features to solve these problems. Actually, I am blind since birth and my brother is also blind and I studied Primary School for the blind kids. I have travelled to more than 15 different countries and in these years I see much more tactile service surfaces for the visually impaired people. However still there is a long way to go. That's why we believe that WeWalk will make it faster to this changing and --- our goal is to provide full and equal participation to social life or visually impaired people. When visually impaired people can join the social life much more than right now, I believe social behaviors and an awareness on this topic will also raise and done everything can start to change faster than right now,” Kursat Ceylan, co-founder WeWalk explains.

WeWalk is now collaborating with Microsoft on the AI for Good project to raise awareness around how tech innovation can help impaired people. Ceylan, who is blind, says changing technologies can be a tool for marginalized groups to build a stronger community.

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09/28/2019 1:58 PM

118 comments

  • Tarek A.
    02/14/2020 01:40

    This is the type of modern assistive technology that can transform the challenges of the visually impaired

  • James M.
    01/31/2020 06:20

    Thats cool. A great idea.

  • Angel E.
    01/24/2020 17:47

    Was that crazy Russian hacker

  • Dale S.
    01/13/2020 13:25

    That is so cool

  • James F.
    01/08/2020 19:07

    21st Century Technology enabling the blind to have more independence and become productive . & if this technology existed in the 1970s/80s that would opened doors for Kyle .

  • Joseph B.
    01/08/2020 18:13

    Awesome

  • M B.
    01/07/2020 19:18

    M

  • Miram I.
    01/07/2020 06:45

    wasn't this your final year project? Are you the master mind behind this?? 😱

  • Julio G.
    01/06/2020 18:55

    Excelent improvement.

  • Mariella S.
    01/05/2020 19:14

    Brilliant

  • Pratima P.
    01/05/2020 19:09

    Wowwww!!! That's incredible 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

  • Hawkins G.
    01/05/2020 15:50

    Faith in humanity re-restored. ❤

  • Daniel R.
    01/05/2020 15:23

    How much?.

  • Safia A.
    01/05/2020 08:28

    Allah Give you power

  • Adam D.
    01/05/2020 03:57

    this guy is ❤️

  • Abi S.
    01/05/2020 00:55

    When the white man is trying to solve problems, Ghana man will be doing npp and NDC. Lack of common sense.

  • Rick P.
    01/05/2020 00:04

    That cool. Need one for sister.

  • Suzanne C.
    01/04/2020 21:36

    And Yet?????

  • Nick D.
    01/04/2020 19:43

    i could see the cane warning one of hazards, but dont phones come with google maps, directions, and voice now a days?

  • Carmela L.
    01/04/2020 19:40

    !!!

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