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Students create cane with e-tags to guide blind

by Pat Coate | August 17, 2009
"We wanted to do something that would help people and make our campus more accessible."
- Prof. Kumar Yelamarthi, project leader

A cane equipped with the technology that retailers use to tag merchandise could help blind people avoid obstacles.

An engineering professor and five students at Central Michigan University have created a "Smart Cane" to read electronic navigational tags installed between buildings to aid the blind in reaching their destinations more easily.

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