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Blind Engineer Invents A ‘Smart Cane’ That Helps Blind People Navigate By Using Google Maps

It has been, by far, the most technologically advanced decade in history. It seems like everything but the wheel has been reinvented and dramatically improved. Well there is one thing that was invented over 100 years ago and has remained unchanged until now. I’m talking about a blind walking cane. The well-known white stick that the majority of blind people have been using has seen no real improvement until a visually impaired engineer named Kursat Ceylan decided to put his knowledge into inventing something that would be truly life changing for a lot of visually impaired people.

Blind Engineer Invents A 'Smart Cane' That Helps Blind People Navigate By Using Google Maps

He invented a smart cane called the WeWalk. It assists blind people in navigating around their environment with the help of modern technology making travel and commuting much more efficient.

Blind Engineer Invents A 'Smart Cane' That Helps Blind People Navigate By Using Google Maps

Kursat is the CEO of the Young Guru Academy which is the Turkish non-profit behind the WeWalk. Because he is blind himself, he understands the restrictions and challenges that face the visually impaired.

Blind Engineer Invents A 'Smart Cane' That Helps Blind People Navigate By Using Google Maps

He decided to take his technical knowledge and invent something that would not only change his life, but also the lives of many others.

Blind Engineer Invents A 'Smart Cane' That Helps Blind People Navigate By Using Google Maps

“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.

Blind Engineer Invents A 'Smart Cane' That Helps Blind People Navigate By Using Google Maps

The smart cane utilizes the same technology we utilize on our smart devices every single day.

Blind Engineer Invents A 'Smart Cane' That Helps Blind People Navigate By Using Google Maps

It uses built-in speakers, a voice assistant, Google, and different sensors that send vibrations to navigate and warn about possible dangers above chest level.

Blind Engineer Invents A 'Smart Cane' That Helps Blind People Navigate By Using Google Maps

The cane is priced around $500 which is less than half the price of most smart phones available. This revolutionary design is going to change a lot of lives.

Blind Engineer Invents A 'Smart Cane' That Helps Blind People Navigate By Using Google Maps

They say necessity is the mother of invention.

Blind Engineer Invents A 'Smart Cane' That Helps Blind People Navigate By Using Google Maps

The more people using the WeWalk, the better it will become!

Blind Engineer Invents A 'Smart Cane' That Helps Blind People Navigate By Using Google Maps

Take A Look At Te Video Of The WeWalk In Action

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The WeWalk connects to your smart phone and is designed to make life easier for the visually impaired. It’s something that has been needing an update and this might be the foot in the door to other advancements geared to those who require assistance from technology that is vastly outdated.