Smart Cane Could Transform Lives Of The Blind And Visually Impaired, University of Manchester Study

Published: Nov 22, 2016

Vasileios Tsormpatzoudis has upgraded the white cane - which has been used as a mobility tool for centuries – by adding a low-cost embedded computer that functions in a similar way to a car parking sensor.

PhD student Vasileios, from the University’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, was inspired to develop mySmartCane after witnessing the struggles of his mother who has retinis pigmentosa, a hereditary eye disorder which affects the retina.

“mySmartCane allows visual impaired people to sense their environment beyond the physical length of their cane,” said Tsormpatzoudis, who is researching energy storage and power network integration at The University of Manchester.

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