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---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype a walking aid that provides physical support, navigation, and serves as a health monitoring device for individuals who are elderly or individuals with disabilities. Created by Egle Ugintaite from Lithuania, “the aid,” is a cane that provides mobile navigation and health management services. In addition to ambulation support, this high-tech cane also monitors the user’s pulse, blood pressure, and temperature through sensors located in the wrist support of the cane and the information is displayed on an LCD screen on top of the wrist support. The built-in navigation feature allows users to find a location of his or her choice or in case of emergency send a distress signal with the user’s current location and health data to a central help center. The wrist/hand support has a soft inside component where it comes in contact with the user’s arm and has a clasp that closes the support over the wrist and forearm. The device works in combination with Bluetooth technology to allow the user to communicate via phone or the Internet with a service provider who can assist the user to determining a destination and provide the necessary directions and instructions. AUTHOR: Paul Pisklak. TITLE: Raising Cane! New Walking Stick Monitors Vital Signs, Provides Navigation. WEBSITE: medGadget. REF: http://medgadget.com/2011/07/raising-cane-new-walking-stick-monitors-vit....
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