WeWALK is an intelligent cane that is intended to enhance and add value to a long white cane. WeWALK preserved everything that makes the white cane excellent but improved it by replacing the handle and adding value-added tech features like an ultrasonic sensor for upper body obstacle detection (ex. low hanging tree branches). WeWALK has also developed a smartphone application, which can be used to get comprehensive navigation and more.
To move around with a conventional white cane, users need six or seven specific applications – one for public transportation, one for strolling, and so on, which can be disorienting. Sometimes, you find yourself colliding with boxes or accidentally being caught with things at the bottom that the cane fails to detect.
WeWALK has taken the most significant parts of previous apps and jammed them into one interface to make it more accessible. As a result, high-contrast text, larger font sizes, specific instructions, and complete voiceover compatibility are all available options.
It’s challenging to find a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, you must engage with the community. WeWALK has been engaging and interacting with users since the device’s conception. Every customer who purchases one goes through an induction process. The user team contacts these consumers to find out what’s working for them and what’s not. That feedback cycle continuously loops back to their developers and the entire team to make improvements.
The global market for assistive technology is valued at more than $17.5 billion. It’s a market that keeps expanding. Visual impairment is often a result of an ageing population, a natural result of population expansion, so you get a 16 percent market growth every year. As a result, there is a definite demand.
Vision impairment isn’t going to go away on its own. WeWALK aims to develop the appropriate tools for society, such as safety and mission-critical tools, to assist those with visual impairments in leading more satisfying lives. Day by day, WeWALK seeks to meet the needs of this industry, be it with their navigation system, multimodal system, exploration system, or even their health character.
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