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Pakistani students create a smart walking stick for the blind

The idea is to help people with visual disabilities carry out day-to-day tasks

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 14, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jan 14, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Pakistani students create a smart walking stick for the blind

The idea is to help people with visual disabilities carry out day-to-day tasks

Photo: Coutesy National Incubation Centre Lahore

Pakistani students have developed a smart cane called the ‘Blind Man Stick’.

This isn’t just some ordinary walking stick. The stick allows a blind person to navigate their walk. If the stick perceives an obstacle, it vibrates or makes a sound to indicate the obstacle to the person using it.

The idea behind the electronic device is to help people with visual disabilities carry out day-to-day tasks without relying on others.

The average Pakistani cannot afford most electrical low vision devices, which cost near to $400. In an article published by the National Incubation Centre (NIC), the startup behind the innovation – Ayub Yaqoob Engineering Group (AYECo) – plans to create a model of the smart cane that won’t sell for more than $50, which is around Rs6,900.

Related: Pakistani student develops innovative walking stick to assist Parkinson’s patients

The NIC Lahore is a first of its kind incubation and acceleration platform, launched under the public-private partnership of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom, IGNITE, Fatima Ventures and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).

Photo: Courtesy National Incubation Centre Lahore

The start-up perfected the first prototype after several tries. According to the article, the first prototype was not fold-able and demonstrated difficult vibration pattern. The second was modified and made a compact remote with the electronic circuitry embedded in it. In this way, Smart Cane became a fold-able device.

The cane has a rechargeable battery. AYECo aims to connect the smart walking stick with smartphones and make the design more compact.

AYECo first came in the public eye last year when an electrical engineering student at LUMS, who is part of AYECo, designed an automated wheelchair – the first of its kind in the world – which is controlled by a smartphone and voice command.

Faaiz Arbab, a student of MS electrical engineering at LUMS, designed ‘GOBEE’ to assist the physically challenged people through smart technologies integrated into the wheelchair.

GOBEE can connect to any smartphone via Bluetooth or WiFii allowing its user to control it even if they are 100 feet away from the wheelchair.

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4 Comments

  1. Adeel Butt  February 10, 2019 3:07 pm/ Reply

    I am visually impaired and I cannot walk alone outside. And I need this smart stick. If they are creating this stick please give me their contact and further contact information. Allah ap ko jaza-e-khair ata farmai.

  2. Amaz Naseer  April 25, 2019 11:03 am/ Reply

    Respected Sir Adeel Butt you can contact us at
    0331-4338628
    Amaz Naseer
    0315-4180265
    Usman Malik
    042-37416511
    AYECo.

  3. Ayesha  December 26, 2019 3:21 pm/ Reply

    Salam all,

    I had a suggestion to perhaps improve this item;
    People who are visually impaired desire a stick sometimes, the reason being is because they cannot see and want to reassure what’s in front of them, this is what the stick does. It helps them physically feel the texture of the floor and items which occlude their path.

    Perhaps a way to improve this, it to embed a sensor within a stick. So they still get the reassurance they want, but with added safety. Secondly, walking around with this device can be slightly painful on the hand, so a sick will take the support of the ground and off the person.

    Let me know what you think, I am also an electronic engineering student and want to help people out! 🙂

    • Anonymous  December 29, 2019 1:52 am/ Reply

      Asslam u alekum. Can I learn something from you I’m Biomedical ENGINEERING Student if you are so much experience full

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