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Jake Pangan
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Darpan Pudasaini
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In my view, the features are great. I however think thay the pulse sensor is not much needed here.
Furthermore, how about linking the cane to the smartphone? We could use the gps of the smartphone and also the gsm.

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Jake Pangan
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That was my first idea - using the smartphone. However, in consultation with my thesis adviser, normally, blind people do not have smartphones. If the cane requires a smartphone, it will cost the user much which is why I am planning to use a GSM shield/module.

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Darpan Pudasaini
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Yes voice alerts would be great, but we would have to use it for only imp events and not continuously. Visually impaired people rely on hearing and touch extensively to sense the surrounding, so continuous voice alerts might act as a distraction for them.

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Jake Pangan
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Good point. Should we settle to vibration alert?

By the way, sorry to ask but since I am new here, may I ask about the privacy of the project. I mean, are the projects here safe? Is it possible that someone might steal the idea? Thank you.

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Darpan Pudasaini
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Well its an open platform where everyone can view your project since it was designed this way so that as many people can collaborate as possible. So it was designed to enable people to help on other peoples ideas.
Steven Reubenstone could you please share your insight.

Yes vibration it is then. Well i am afraid the view on use of smartphones is no more true these days. I myself know visually impaired people who use smartphones, and few use them extremely well like even browsing facebook and replying to comments and messages. So its an increasing trend and many technologies are being created to help them just do that. So if we are to think of the future, i think the visually impaired people will be exploiting smartphones for simplying their daily tasks.

Separate gps and gsm will do great too. We can use the smallest ones there are and make the cane as thin and light as possible.

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Jake Pangan
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Darpan Pudasaini, may I ask if one Arduino is enough for all of these? I got busy last week which is why I haven’t checked on this project. Thank you again.

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