Amani Niyoyita, a Rwandan young innovator, is the brains behind the first Made-in-Rwanda high-tech white canes that are already being distributed to visually impaired people on the market.
“The stick helps the visually impaired person in different ways. It helps them to detect the obstacle which they might bump into. While the previous stick would only detect an obstacle when one touches it, the technology advancement allows one to detect from a long distance as it uses sensors,” he said.
The high-tech white cane which is the first of its kind to be made in Rwanda uses ultrasonic ranging technology to detect obstacles in a distance of 1.2 meters and alert the user through vibrations and sounds.
The smart white stick, he said, also helps to detect if it is night or day time to improve efficiency for users and interaction with other members of the public.