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Snapdeal partners IIT-Delhi; launches smart canes for visually impaired

Deccan Chronicle | DC Correspondent

Published on: April 18, 2016 | Updated on: April 18, 2016

The device is an advanced version of the white cane used by visually impaired people.

Three visually-challenged women along standing with the SmatCane. (Photo: Snapdeal)

Three visually-challenged women along standing with the SmatCane. (Photo: Snapdeal)

New Delhi: In a move to aid visually impaired people, Indian e-retailer Snapdeal has launched SmartCane—electronic travel aid that ensures independent mobility and safety of the visually impaired—in collaboration with IIT-Delhi and Phoenix Medical Solutions.

The device is an advanced version of the white cane used by visually impaired people. Using ultrasonic ranging, it helps predict above knee-level obstacles and therefore ensures safety against collisions.

Co-created with the user community and validated by 300+ persons with visual impairment across the country, the device has nearly 10,000 empowered users in India already.

In addition, potential donors can also choose to donate SmartCane via Snapdeal Sunshine platform—a reliable and direct way of making in-kind donations.

The donated products will be shipped directly to NGO partner Saksham that works for empowering persons with blindness. Online platform—The Better India is supporting the cause as an outreach partner.

The SmartCane is priced at Rs 3,500 and is available online exclusively on Snapdeal.

Watch the video below to know more about SmartCane:

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