Augmented Smart Cane Helps Navigate the World

Researchers at Stanford University are prototyping a smart cane to help those with visual impairments navigate through the world. This new, augmented cane is appareled with GPS and LIDAR sensors, similar to those found in self-driving cars.

“We wanted something more user-friendly than just a white cane with sensors,” says Patrick Slade, a graduate research assistant in the Stanford Intelligent Systems Laboratory . “Something that cannot only tell you there’s an object in your way, but tell you what that object is and then help you navigate around it.”