A GPS walking stick
Fujitsu is developing a walking stick that features GPS guidance combined with health monitoring sensors.
The company demonstrated the stick at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as a concept under development for the older generation, but also for anyone with walking difficulties.
The stick is given a route derived on a computer - a carer or relative can, for instance, convey a safe route to the shops. The stick receives this route via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
A LED display then shows a large arrow indicating the direction the walker needs to take. At a turning, it flashes a red exclamation mark and then points in the next direction.
The GPS location of the stick is also sent back to the host computer, so the relative or carer can continuously monitor the walker.
The stick also has a heart-rate monitor - a thumb reader on the top - which sends the rate back to the host computer for monitoring. If the rate exceeds limits, the software can call the emergency services and - thanks to the GPS tracking - the location will be given.
It seems that the stick is still some way off from release, but Fujitsu intend it to become a full consumer product.
Details from Pocket-lint below . .