SmartCane device is an electronic travel Aid for persons with blindness jointly developed by IIT Delhi, Saksham and Phoenix Medical Systems with the support of Wellcome Trust.
It fits on a normal white cane and informs user about the presence of obstacles from knee to head height within a distance of 3 meters. It was released to people in March 2014; however, there were still one major unaddressed challenge. How to ensure that the device is available across the country along with training and support?
To address this Saksham and IIT started working on a 3 year joint project funded by Wellcome Trust. The idea was to create a network of partner organizations as well as trainers so that the device is available even in the remotest part of the country along with quality training and enable the users to start their journey of Safe and Independent mobility without the fear of collisions with the unknown obstacles.
The project is currently in its final year and following milestones have been achieved.