The innovative Smart Cane is a navigation and mobility aid for people with vision disabilities. The Smart Cane will be introduced by IIT Delhi and Chennai-based Phoenix Medical Systems. The cane detects objects up to three kilometers away, detecting the obstacles using ultrasonic sensors. Range of the obstacles is communicated using vibratory signals with varying characteristics.
This is one of many products being developed and marketed thanks to the Wellcome Trust initiative, which funds translational research for affordable healthcare in India.