Smart Walking Stick - built in sat navigation, by Fujitshu's Technolab
Japanese technology firm, Fujitsu has create a "next-generation" cane that may help the country's rapidly ageing population find their way home.
In can also monitor the heart rate and temperature of its user, and beam that information back to a carer, along with its location. If the stick detects anything unusual, it can
The innards of the walking stick include 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity, and while it has been designed for Japan's elderly population, the company also says that it could be used by any vulnerable individuals.
It is the familiar red and white stick, but with the enhanced features that make it quite a practical solution for blind commuters. The Eye Stick is filtered with a sensor lens towards the bottom part, from where it picks up location bearings, like is the person nearing staircase, or is he near the traffic lights. It then sends feedback to the blind commuters via vibration, communicating the scenario, so that the person can be aware of his surroundings and takes his next step with confidence.