Friday, 1 March 2013

Smart Walking Sticks

We like to keep up with the latest gadgets and recently came across this one. It's a GPS enabled walking stick, initially aimed at elderly people, designed to help them get around. The stick can be loaded with pre-programmed route and guide its user with a visual arrow, or by vibrating when a turn is needed.

The stick also has safety features for the infirm and can send a distress call by 3G if the cane is suddenly dropped, or if the user falls. I don't wish to seem ageist, but my old Mum, 94 in August, would find it hard to get used to and impossible to programme. However, I can see distinct possibilities for the walking market-a beacon distress device, a GPS unit, a health monitor and a walking stick combined. Maybe next Christmas!

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