For any white cane users out there, can you imagine getting turn-by-turn directions from your cane? Or having the ability to detect objects with it? Imagine no more, it’s here! Young Guru Academy (YGA), a non-profit organization founded in Turkey, cultivates leaders to realize the dream of a brighter future for generations to come. One of the program’s recent graduates, Kürşat Ceylan, has developed WeWalk, an innovative take on the white cane.
This smart white cane is able to detect obstacles that are above the chest and head levels with its ultrasonic sensor. It also has its own app available for both iOS and Android and connects via Bluetooth. Once connected, users can customize their settings and manage third-party application integrations, like Google Maps. WeWALK is an updated, smarter version of the foldable white cane that can be integrated with smartphones. As a product, WeWALK is a great gadget for blind folks who are also white cane users, but beyond that, WeWALK is a literal step forward in accessibility and independence.