It is often difficult and sometimes dangerous for senior citizens or visually impaired individuals to navigate a busy street or cross a road. Further, senior citizens may forget to take their phones with them and may then be unable to locate themselves using GPS or communicate with their families in case of an emergency. This disclosure describes a smart walking stick for use by the elderly or the visually impaired. The smart walking stick includes a variety of sensors that address the above-identified issues of navigation, obstacle avoidance, low-light vision, self-localization, emergency assistance, etc. The smart walking stick can be configured with appropriate permissions to utilize on-board sensors and communicate with other users, such as guardians, to enhance the user’s experience and safety.
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Pal, Biswarup, "Smart Walking Stick for Visually Impaired Individuals", Technical Disclosure Commons, (August 04, 2021)