Researchers designed integrated navigation smart canes for vision disorders

Researchers at Stanford University have built a cane, which may be very useful for blind people or visually impaired. The price of this cane is about $ 400 and has the ability to navigate. Researchers use the technology of designing self -driving cars in the design to guide people with vision disorders safely and effectively through the environment.

The cane aims to help users detect any obstacles on their roads and easily bypass these obstacles indoors or outdoors. One of the biggest benefits of the new enhanced cane is that it is obviously cheaper than the previous smart cane. In the past, some smart canes were very heavy, weighing 50 pounds, and the price was 6,000 US dollars.

The new enhanced cane uses the most advanced sensor, only 3 pounds. It can be manufactured with free components and open source software at home, with a cost price of about 400 US dollars. The goal of the researchers is to build a portable simple cane for hundreds of millions of visually obstacles around the world.


Among the sensors used in the cane, there is a lidar sensor for measuring the distance between the obstacles to help users navigate around these obstacles. Other sensors include GPS, acceleration meter, magnetometer and gyroscope. These sensors work together to monitor the location, speed, direction and other data of the user.

The cane also has him based on artificial intelligence’s path search and robotic algorithm, similar to synchronous positioning and map technology. At the top of the cane is a mobile omnidirectional wheel that aims to keep contact with the ground. This wheel is an important part of the system, guiding users by gently pulling left or right around the obstacles. The integrated GPS function can guide users to accurate positions.