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Robotic Cane Helps Steer Blind in the Right Direction

by Conner Flynn
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This robotic cane is the possible future of canes for blind people and the elderly who are not blind, but just have trouble seeing everything.

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This navigational canes isthe work of Dr. Cang Ye, a roboticist at the University at Arkansas at Little Rock and the engineering team that developed it.┬áIt is called the Co-Robotic Cane (CRC for short). It has a camera and laser detection as well as a ranging system that can spot objects in its user’s path. If something is in the way, it warns the user through the earpiece. One of the most innovative features is the roller tip on the end, which moves, guiding you toward a useful direction and out of the way of objstacles.

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Dr. Ye thinks that the cane will be a great advance in navigational aids for the visually impaired. It certainly beats using an ordinary cane.

[via PopSci via Neatorama]

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