Information technology company Fujitsu could be making yet another breakthrough in the tech industry as the multinational corporation unveiled a prototype of its “New Generation Cane” featuring GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity in its structure during the Mobile World Congress in Spain. The state-of-the-art cane also has a built-in LCD display in the handle to help guide the user while walking.
The cane’s prototype functions alongside a computer software that enables the user to plan a route ahead of time. This software then sends directions to the cane, showing the way using huge green arrows on the screen and sends a vibration to alert the user to make a turn. Additionally, the next-generation Fujitsu cane collects heart rate information through a thumb pad located on the handle. This way, it can track how many times the cane is tapped on the ground, as well as measure the humidity and temperature of the surrounding. All data stored can be shared to anyone wirelessly.
While the device is just a concept, Fujitsu said that the cane received a good feedback, making the company take into consideration the launching of the walking cane into the market in the near future.
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