Electronic Cane Grip Instrumented with Thermal Haptic Feedback

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Overview

The invention uses thermal haptic elements that offers thermal feedback on the white-cane grip which can be programmed to be useful for navigation as well as other notifications from a connected smartphone or nearby by surrounding devices to obtain a sense of directional cues or notifications on the move.

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Commercialisation opportunities
technology licensing agreement
Problem addressed

With the device, visually-impaired users can rely less on audio-based navigational instructions for navigation and are able to listen to the ambient noises.

Innovation
  • It uses distinct hot and cold cues on discrete parts of the cane handle to notify the visually-impaired users for taking turns, including stop and go instructions, and leverages the navigational data as input from the GPS apps on wirelessly connected devices such as a smartphone or smartwatch.
  • The cane grip can be programmed for obtaining other notifications from a connected smartphone or nearby devices.
Key impact
  • Easily integrate on ordinary white-cane for visually impaired people.
  • Able to exhibit various thermal patterns depending on the input or pre-set parameters for different users.
  • Provides different levels of notifications with distinct intensities and patterns to guide the users with their navigation directions, alarms and other smartphone notifications.
Award
  • Bronze Medal at Inventions Geneva Evaluation Days 2021
Application
  • The device has potential applications aiding the visually impaired people in navigation and get smartphone notifications on the go.
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