Kevin Spencer, Carleton University

Essentially it provides a tool to the blind and it allows them to easily navigate the space.

Basically the system is broken up into two parts — there’s the cane itself and there’s the guide strip.

And so the guide strip is a tactile feature that would be implanted on the floor of the indoor public space.

And so this strip has NFC tags built into it. NFC tags are near-field communication tags and basically these tags relay information to the cane.

That information is converted into audio commands to the user. So when they enter the space, they’re able to basically dictate verbally to the cane where they would like to go, and then it would dictate the commands that would allow them to navigate the space.

I think any space should be accessible to anyone, no matter what their ability is.