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“Talking” Walking Stick for the Blind

Shared by Patricia Pereira on 2015-02-26 22:32

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Asked why he started inventing tools for disabled people, Pavel Kurbatsky initially shrugged.

"I saw that blind or deaf people are the same as us but they have a hard time moving around and living in an environment that is badly designed for them," Kurbatsky, a gangly, solemn teen, said in an interview in his dorm room at Bauman State University. "I decided that I could help them in some way."
However many years ago, a certain young genius began a quest, i.e. finding ways of using technology to invent things which would benefit such people. At the tender age of 9, Pavel Kurbatsky invented a special thermometer that allowed the visually impaired to easily take their body temperature. Now at the age of eighteen, he has created a special ‘walking stick’ and ‘talking dark glasses’. The stick has sensors at three levels; head, waist and feet which scan the surroundings, and as soon as the person is about to approach an obstacle, he/she is alerted through a voice message as there are ear phones fitted in the glasses, so that they can avoid them. A GPS system is also fitted, which allows it to gather information about a particular location for future reference. This is very helpful in places such as hospitals, offices and for traveling on public transport.

Adapted from: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/whiz-kid-invents-talking-walk...

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Losing any one of your five senses is traumatic, but perhaps losing one’s sight is the greatest loss. Visually impaired people have immense difficulty in performing day to day tasks and therefore they become completely dependent on others. They are unable to function in a normal world, which has been designed for those with sight. And though many efforts have been made to make life easy for them, yet still a lot needs to be done.

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  • SalomeP Thu, 09/29/2016 - 14:40

    One of seven winners of the 2nd Patient Innovation Awards! Congratulations!

  • Ana DuarteSalomeP Thu, 01/12/2017 - 15:52

    Indeed, a fantastic innovation!

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