14 year old Riya Karumanchi, develops a Smart Cane to fix a serious need
This new Freshman will start High School with more business savvy and experience than many college grads!
The idea sparked from an award winning Team Science Fair project. One of her first prototypes was a “smart shoe” but she chose the cane for its lower price and greater safety and versatility.
- Her quest for excellence led her to Hamilton’s annual “Health Hackathon” event, where innovators are asked to pitch ideas to improve health care through technology.
- This success landed her an internship at the prestigious Mobile and Electronic Health Development and Innovation Centre at Mohawk College.
- Watch Riya’s presentation of the design and business logic of the Smart Cane.
Smart Cane Features
- As well as vibrating to warn about objects that could cause trips and falls,
- the cane is also integrated with a maps app that uses a series of vibrations to tell the user whether to turn left, right, or move forward.
- It can also alert emergency personnel and the user’s family if the person holding the cane happens to fall.
- Karumanchi is currently in conversation with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind about distributing the smart cane.
- “They expressed a lot of interest in the project and are providing me a lot of resources as well,” she said. “I definitely want to get it into the market. It would be great if the CNIB could distribute it as well.”