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Instead TechnologiesBy Instead Technologies
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Instead TechnologiesBy Instead Technologies
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€1,021
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WHAT IS THE EGARA CANE?

Day after day, blind people deal with a world filled with difficulties. From the invention of the white cane, more than 100 years ago, blind people have only had this tool to perceive their environment. This cane, with the tracking technique, only let them detect floor roughness so they can know if they are located on the sidewalk, crosswalk, stairs... But, what about the obstacles with projecting parts? Until now, they could not detect obstacles located above their waist, such as tree branches, umbrellas, traffic signs…etc.

That's why we´ve created the Egara cane. The Egara cane is a modified cane designed to make blind people’s lives much easier and help them in their day to day activities. It has been developed with cutting-edge technology sensors combined with a powerful detection algorithm.  

The Egara cane scans the environment and detects any obstacles in the subject’ s path. It then notifies the user in an easily distinguishable way of any possible objects that could be dangerous.

The Egara Cane
The Egara Cane

 This cane has been designed to make the cane's change extremely easy.

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The Egara Cane
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 HOW DOES IT WORK?

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The Egara cane uses 3 ultrasonic sensors. They are disposed so it can identify common and no common areas so as to know where the obstacle is located. Futhermore, it's equipped with a 9 DOF IMU sensor, what lets it do things like get oriented in space and know the direction of the user.  

All this information is collected by a microcontroller. It has a powerful detection algorithm which distinguishes the obstacles and classifies them in dangerous or not.

When a dangerous obstacle is detected, the cane notifies the user by vibration and sound. The user knows something dangerous is in his path and he can proceed to scan the environment with his hands to know what's going on.

Sensors and bracelet
Sensors and bracelet

SPECS

  • 48h battery life
  • Cane eassily changeable
  • 3 ultrasonic sensors
  • 1 IMU sensor
  • Inteligent notifications
  • No more collisions with projecting obstacles

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Risks and challenges

Bringing this product to life has been a real challenge. It has taken years in development, lots of prototypes, multiple field tests with real users...

We´ve been working on all the details to make it work as we wanted, a powerful and reliable tool for the user. And this is how we came up with the prototype we have today.

We know that launching this product to the market is going to be another challenge. Because of that, we´ve already prepared this part by working with the partners and manufacturers. Now we can confirm that the production is feasible and every user who wants it will be able to get this tool at an affordable price.

Futhermore, we are not new in the subject of launching products to market. We already have experience in this process with our solution for diabetic children: GlucoAngel, and our rehabilitation robot: Robotherapist.

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