First of all, plans call for the adjustable-length aluminum alloy cane to be equipped with a GPS module. This will allow other people to track the whereabouts of its user, and to see the route that they've taken – this could be quite important, if that person is suffering from dementia.
It will also have an SOS feature, in which a two-second-long press of a button on its handle will send an alert to three people of the user's choice. Those people can initially be selected using an iOS/Android app on a synced smartphone.
Additionally, as it will have its own SIM card, it can be used as a phone. Pressing another button on its handle once, twice or three times will put a call through to one of three contacts. The handle's speaker and mic will then allow the user to carry on a conversation with that person – albeit a conversation in which they're holding their cane up to their head.
Finally, the iCane will also have a built-in LED flashlight, helping users to see where they're going in the dark.
It's currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign, where a pledge of US$79 will get you one if all goes according to plans. The estimated retail price is $149.
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