IBM People For Smarter Cities: Assistive Technology for the Blind

When ordinary people make an effort to change the world for the better, something extraordinary is bound to happen. Which is why IBM’s People for Smarter Cities, in a partnership with the video crowdsourcing platform Zooppa, asked citizens around the world for ideas on making cities smarter.

Citizens submitted about 80 videos and eight were chosen as the best of the best, showcasing smart ideas, big and small, for water, public safety, healthcare, education and more.

This product featured by Cecilia Ang improves the everyday life of the visually disabled by integrating modern technology into their sole navigation system — the white cane. The inclusion of an ultrasonic sensor helps detect objects in their path so they can easily and safely navigate their city.

Check out the other winning submissions to get inspiration for ideas that can improve your city!

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