Students present smart cane for the visually impaired




Students from Birmingham City University have developed a “smart” cane for the visually impaired. The stick would visually impaired friends and family can easily recognize, as the university claims.

The so-called Xplor-stick was developed by three ICT university students. They began work on the device after one of the students told about his grandfather. “My grandfather was blind and I know how useful this device can be for him. The smart stick uses face detection to identify when a user is approaching a known,” he later explained.

The facial recognition software Xplor-stick uses images of friends and family that are stored locally on an SD card. The pole could recognize faces up to a distance of ten meters, although it is not known where the camera is placed exactly in the stocks. Once a well-known in the area, the walking begins with GPS functionality with trembling. The visually impaired can then instructions given via a Bluetooth earpiece, walking to the friend or family member.

The students of the Birmingham City University claim that there is a need for the device. Market research would have shown that there is a demand for a tool that makes use of technology, and in addition, light, and is easy to use. They presented their device this year in Luxembourg and France. Later this year should also presentations take place in Germany, according to the Birmingham City University.

Scientists have moreover been working to using tools help the visually impaired recognize objects. So does Microsoft code-named Alice to a headband that needs to get done. In the tire sensors are processed and the carrier is informed via an earpiece of the area.



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