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Mygo Cane For The Blind To Replace Guide Dog

Posted on September 25, 2007 by , with 11933 views

Mygo Cane For The Blind To Replace Guide Dog

The guide dog has long been the faithful friend for the blind, but the inevitable technological replacement has now been created. Sebastian Ritzler, from the Muthesius Academy of Art and Design in Kiel, Germany, has developed a product known as the Mygo which essentially is a rolling cane, with a sophisticated system designed to simplify and assist movement.

Made from a waterproof substance, the cane is also height adjustable to suit all persons. The Mygo is fitted with a smart sensor and a live camera, which scours the terrain in real-time whilst feeding audio to the attached headset. The wheel on the end of the cane prompts you in the correct direction containing a battery with life of up to 6 hours, not great for those longer walks! The wheel also transmits data about the terrain via the grip.

So will the Mygo eventually replace the guide dog? It's difficult since the connection with an animal is instinctive and a bond created. The cane on the other hand, is a little more difficult to form a relationship with, and how much trust can you instil into a piece of technology? The cane is definitely looking like a useful alternative, although is yet to progress into production, so pricing remains on the backburner.

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Just the type of isnihgt we need to fire up the debate.

Submitted by Mami

A5ykye I cannot thank you enough for the article.much thanks again. Great.

Submitted by bookmarkin

Quote:recaltotal on 8th october 2007
it still wouldnt be able to detect if there was anything coming your way like a guide dog could.

they don't detect traffic you have to listen out for the cars and tell the dog to move when you think it is safe.

i think this is a very good idea however I do feel it might need a few touch ups.

good luck with this.

Submitted by black-poti

I am visually impaired and this would change my life. How do I get one?

Submitted by Will L

It's an amzing invention, very helpful for blind people... Keep up the good work and amaze us more

Submitted by faten

:( it is just making dogs more useless and I dont think it is very effective..

Submitted by jr_skull

Your message here.. 8) rad :? 8) :oops: :d :lol: :roll: :( :) :p ;)

Submitted by Anonymous

Your message here.. 8) :? :oops: :d :roll: :lol: :( :) :p ;)

Submitted by anomynous

Umm.........who is the author? :? ;)

Submitted by vanlou

Good job. Brother work more on it and for sure one of these days it'll be more ok.

Submitted by nil0

It is good invention, it can help blind persons to make them easier to walk.... :lol:

Submitted by edsel

It needs an author!!!!!!!!!!!!! :? Otherwise good ;)

Submitted by j

That would be kinda silly coz a stick cant see where the path is you could be walking in the road and the stick wouldnt be able to see, now if the paths where all made out of the same thing and the roads where differnt you could be able to make a stick be able to tell what the routhness was but it still wouldnt be able to detect if there was anything coming your way like a guide dog could
yes it would be cheaper and faster to make a guide stick but still a guide dog is better

Submitted by recaltotal

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