A new “smart cane” by the name of WeWALK has been making huge strides helping blind people navigate their surroundings in a more efficient way when they are on their own.
The cane was invented by visually impaired engineer Kursat Ceylan, the CEO and co-founder of Young Guru Academy (YGA,) the Turkish non-profit behind WeWALK.
Ceylan personally understands what challenges people like him face and decided to put his knowledge into inventing something that could massively improve another person’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 revealed to CNN.
The smart cane help visually impaired people using smart technology which is equipped with built-in speakers, a voice assistant, Google, and sensors that send vibrations to warn about obstacles above chest level.
Currently, the cane is available on the company’s website and runs for around $500.