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Technologies for the Visually Impaired

blind person navigating via smartphone app

Navigation is a huge part of the value smartphones provide for the blind and visually impaired.

Credit: The Associated Press

Thanks to recent advances in technology, the blind and visually impaired are now able to lead more independent lives than ever.

The WeWALK Smart Cane is a great example of what is now possible. The WeWALK looks similar to the cane that some blind and visually impaired people have used for decades to avoid obstacles while walking, but it incorporates a few modern twists.


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