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Cane, SmartCane (Folded)

This is a Cane. It was designed by IIT Delhi, Phoenix Medical Systems and Saksham Trust. Its medium is plastic.

SmartCane was designed to address the needs of people in the developing world with vision loss. A significant feature is that it can detect obstructions between a person’s knee and chest up to three meters away. Sensors emit and receive ultrasonic waves that trigger haptic vibrations when a physical hazard is detected, using various patterns to differentiate obstacles and distances.

This object was donated by IIT Delhi.

  • Flag Cane, ca. 1890
  • H x diam.: 87.9 x 3.9 cm (34 5/8 x 1 9/16 in.).
  • Gift of John B. Scholz in memory of Walter Scholz.
  • 1987-97-11-a,b

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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Access+Ability.

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