Enhanced Navigation Cane for Visually Impaired

  • R. Akhil
  • M. S. Gokul
  • Sarang Sanal
  • V. K. Sruthi MenonEmail author
  • Lekshmi S. Nair
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 696)


Vision is an important aspect of brain functionality as it allows us to view our surroundings, and maintain the incisiveness of our mind. For a blind person, to walk without resistance, is the most difficult task. Visually impaired are compelled to depend on others for conducting daily activities, especially walk outdoor. As a humanitarian service, our paper aims to help the blind people to walk independently and enjoy the freedom of walking. The model we present here act as a virtual eye to the visually disabled persons, which helps them to navigate to their destinations without the help of others. This model uses a mobile app, concurrent with the lately developed system using the fundamental principles of Arduino Uno board is based on ATmega328 microcontroller. This module is appended to a walking stick so that it is manageable by a blind person. The sensor in the apparatus returns the span warns with a sound alert if any target can be deleterious to the blind person. The system brings a new domain, Internet of Things (IoT), to the fore of the blind people, to make their existence uncomplicated.


GPS Ultrasonic sensor Arduino UNO board Google API 



We are extremely thankful to Mr Krishnan (name changed), resident of Clappana Panchayath who is visually impaired, for his co-operation and suggestions in the improvement of the model. We would also like to thank the IoT lab, under Computer Science Engineering Department, at Amrita University, for providing the required facilities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Akhil
    • 1
  • M. S. Gokul
    • 1
  • Sarang Sanal
    • 1
  • V. K. Sruthi Menon
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lekshmi S. Nair
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, Amrita School of EngineeringAmrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amrita UniversityAmritapuriIndia

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