These days, a lot of products have been reinvented through technology. While most of the newest technology is used to improve entertainment, there are also many that contribute to our health and welfare. This can be especially helpful for people with a disability.
Visually impaired engineer Kursat Ceylan invented the revolutionizing ‘smart cane’ called WeWalk to assist blind people more efficiently when they are out on their own. He is the CEO and co-founder of the Turkish non-profit organization Young Guru Academy (YGA). Ceylan is blind himself so he was well aware of the difficulties people like him face and he decided to use his knowledge to invent something that could greatly improve visually impaired people’s lives.
“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.
Using smart technology like built-in speakers, a voice assistant, Google and sensors that send vibrations to warn about obstacles above chest level, the ‘smart cane’ assists visually impaired people. It is available on the company’s website for around 500 dollars.