WeWalk, a smart cane for blind people
Until few years ago, the blind and the visually impaired used simple tools such as the traditional white cane to navigate in their environment to improve their movement by avoiding obstacles.
The story of WeWalk was born by accident. Kürşat Ceylan, the co-founder of the smart cane, traveled to New York for a conference and crashed into a pole at his hotel. He was holding his traditional white cane in one hand while pulling his luggage in the other and trying to check his GPS at the same time.
Visual disabilities raise issues that cause to accidents in daily life, leading to a disadvantaged lifestyle. That’s why Mr. Ceylan invented WeWalk, a smart cane designed specially to help the blind and the visually impaired who also find it difficult to navigate. Therefore, WeWalk cane warn them of the presence of objects using ultrasonic sensors.
This innovative equipment features two sensors that vibrate to alert the user of imminent danger in the ground and chest levels. With technology support and user-centered design, the urban environment suddenly becomes a little more user-friendly and accessible.
With WeWalk, a user can fully plan its directions using Google Maps, which is packed with features that make the app more accessible to the visually impaired.
The user can also save his position and his destination on the cane before leaving home, the cane will then indicate the direction according to a frequency that he will set and adjust.
Due to the growing interest in this segment, WeWALK is in direct competition with other products such as Smart Cane Device, awarded by MIT, the BAWA cane designed in Malaysia, and the GPS-integrated SmartCane.
To be noticed that each of these canes has its own specificities and has the same goal: to improve the integration of the blind and the visually impaired communities into society by facilitating their daily lives.