a smartcane for the visually impaired
Technology is amazing.
While everyone oohs and awes over how awesome iPhones and other smartphones are, a new navigational cane for the visually impaired, called the Blindspot, was recently developed that puts these phones to the test. The new cane has similar technological elements of a smartphone that makes navigating daily life a bit easier. It's enabled with bluetooth and GPS, and it goes one step further by including a Foursqaure check-in feature to allow the user to connect with friends by alerting them when a friend has checked in nearby, and how close they are.
It also has technology that can detect upcoming obstructions in the user's path better than a manual sweep of a cane can, and alerts them via their bluetooth earpiece.
Truly amazing, and almost a wonder it hasn't been created sooner.