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Student invents 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.

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Pavel Kurbatsky, from Russia, created a walking talking stick to help blind people navigate. Having worked with disabled children, Pavel wanted to invent something to make their lives better.

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