The engineers of Óbuda University have developed a white cane equipped with an electronic sensor to help facilitate the mobility of blind and visually impaired people, nlcafe.hu and uni-obuda.hu writes.
The ARIADNÉ guide system, developed by the engineers of Óbuda University, is intended to provide an effective solution for the mobility of blind and visually impaired people through 21st century technology.
The ARIADNÉ guide system consists of the traditional mobility tool, a white cane which is equipped with an electronic sensor. The cane interacts with a special guiding strip, the other part of the system, to help the user get to their destination independently. The cane relays information about one’s surroundings through sound and vibrations.
The special mobility tool is the same size and weight as a traditional white cane. The sound and vibration of the cane can be individually programmed. The cane can be wirelessly charged, and the entire length of the cane is covered in a reflective material.
The corresponding guiding strip can be fixed to the pavement or integrated into the road, both indoors and outdoors.
The ARIADNÉ system has been successfully tested by the Hungarian Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted, and the patenting process has begun.
Source: nlcafe.hu, uni-obuda.hu