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With a Marchena LightupCane VIPs are are visible in the Dark

Shared by Debby Marchena on 2020-07-27 12:28

About the solution

Debby Marchena is a visually impaired person, VIP.
After a collision in 2017, Debby Marchena came up with the light emitting white cane as a solution for her visibility, which now carries her name: the Marchena LightupCane.

It is a white cane that can be lit up completely. From now on VIPs can take to the streets more safely in the dark. The others see us from afar.

It has haptic and audible feedback (light starts / stops shining, battery (of course rechargeable with mobile phone recharger) status, sounds when it falls). It is lightweight and has a better balance (should reduce RSI in wrist, elbow and shoulders). It is designed with constant feedback of end users.

The design for a useful Lightupcane for the VIPs has been completed thanks to the help of many, all volunteers. Debby works with everyone, including fellow VIPs as test persons, Waag Society (Make Health), Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (Design4One), and others schools and organisations.

Globally, visually impaired people want to be visible in the dark. So we want to offer the design with all CE certifications Open Source to all manufacturers.

This is how it works


Road test in Amsterdam Historic Center

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This solution shall not include mention to the use of drugs, chemicals or biologicals (including food); invasive devices; offensive, commercial or inherently dangerous content. This solution was not medically validated. Proceed with caution! If you have any doubts, please consult with a health professional.

About the author

I got hit by a car. He had overlooked me with my white cane. It was dark and rainy, and I am visually impaired (albinism, less than 17% acuity).
Later I thought the driver would have seen me if my white cane would have been completely light emitting. I started fumbling.
With help of many persons and organisations we developed a working BYO prototype. Open Source, so anyone who needs one can make it, and contribute to improve it.
Now we want an industrial design with all the CE certifications. So, we work on collaborations and funding.
We want to share this Open Source with the Industries.

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