The Monterey Cane is developed primarily for the blind and vision impaired. It is shaped like a regular white cane but it has a computer housing inside that allows it to do many sophisticated warnings, such as sensors for curbs, fast moving objects, low ceilings, and noxious gases. Read More...
It has a reflector in the front that can also be a flashing light that can be turned on or off. One of the main features is the emergency cellular phone and GPS in the handle which can be turned on by pressing a button on the top of the cane. In front of the button is a speaker grill with a microphone for communication and sounds pertaining to alerting the person walking. The GPS can help find the find or monitor the person walking also. The rubber stopper at the bottom is attached to a removable hollow section where the batteries are kept. The majority of the sensors are housed in the lower tube also which can also be extended.
These features allow for more freedom but also provide help should it be needed.
A provisional patent applications have been filed as of March 2019. The Mars Rising Network performed the patent search and concluded there is nothing similar to this product on the market, which means this unique device could be patented and used everywhere.
The blind and vision impaired.
Pushbutton on/off - turns on flashing light, speaker and sensors
Cellular phone with GPS - Turns on if you hold down button for more than 8 seconds.
Speaker & Microphone
Electronic housing and computer controller
Low Ceiling alarm
Flashing LED light
Francis Awity observed that people with vision disabilities do not have much to protect them. A standard cane for the blind helps with objects in front of you but what about low clearance or fast moving objects, etc?
Francis, being visually impaired himself (and a member of the Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County) sat down and started designing his concerns and contacted the Mars Rising Network and had a provisional patent application filed and had the invention designed properly so that he may see success with this great idea and turn it into a real product.
He is actively seeking a company that would have an interest in licensing the system for a royalty.
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