Student in Moscow invents assistive devices for people who are blind

In this video released by The Moscow Times, an 18-year old student at a university in Moscow, Russia showcases his inventions designed to help people who are blind navigate independently. His creations include an electronic walking cane that scans the surrounding area allowing the user to know the proximity of objects, and an orientation system that uses infrared sensors to ‘show’ the user the location of important places, such as pharmacies.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.