05 Dec '11, 6am

Cane for the blind + @Foursquare + ultrasound sensor = Win

Cane for the blind + @Foursquare + ultrasound sensor = Win

Cane for the blind + Foursquare + ultrasound sensor = Win December 5, 2011 by Terence LEE A white cane that doubles as a GPS-enabled smartphone, complete with an inductive charging dock (wireless charging), an ultrasonic sensor to detect sharp objects, and integration with popular location-based service Foursquare , which enables the blind user to locate friends through audio messages and a tactile navigator. While cool as a piece of technological and design wizardry, this cane, called Blindspot, is mainly a tool to enhance the social lives of people who are visually impaired. It is created by Selene Chew, a design student at the National University of Singapore, as her final year thesis project. Here’s how it works:Suppose a blind person is meeting a friend at Bugis Junction. Once the friend checks in via Foursquare at the location, the white cane would prompt the blind u...

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