The C-Walker encourages the user to stay on the plotted route through a mechatronic guidance system that uses electro-actuated brakes (Photo: DALi)
The team behind the C-Walkter (Photo: DALi)
The C-Walker in use (Photo: DALi)
Keeping an eye out for warning signs, it tracks the position, speed and direction of people moving within its range, and identifies obstacles (Photo: DALi)
The smart walker refreshes its internal model of the environment and the people moving around in it about two to three times a second by taking snapshots of its surroundings (Photo: DALi)
The walker interfaces with the private cloud in the environment and surveillance cameras to get a 3D map of its surroundings and up-to-date information on any potential issues (Photo: DALi)
The C-Walker is a high-tech walking device that aims to safely guide people with cognitive impairments through public spaces like airports and shopping centers, reducing their reliance on visual signboards and avoiding obstacles in their way. Using onboard sensors, this "cognitive navigation prosthesis" monitors its environment in real time to figure out a path that poses little risk, actively re-planning it when it encounters problems like wet floors, or people dashing about. Aside from aiding senior citizens, the technology is expected to come in handy in factory settings, helping workers avoid danger zones and accidental collisions with machines.
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