InventHelp® Client Patents Enhanced Navigation Device for the Sight-Impaired

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InventHelp, founded in 1984 in Pittsburgh, is submitting this idea, Smartinez, to companies for their consideration and possible feedback.

InventHelp, a leading inventor service company, announces that one of its clients, an inventor from New York, has designed a voice-activated walking stick to aid navigation for blind individuals. This invention is patented.

“Smartinez” walking stick could aid navigation for blind individuals. The stick would include security access, a hand-print scanner for theft protection, a laser and obstacle sensors, GPS technology and rechargeable-battery power. These features would offer a user more personal freedom. In addition, Smartinez could help a user to avoid accidents and promote safety, according to the inventor.

Smartinez would consist of a hard-plastic and aluminum stick that would measure 12 inches high and 1 inch in diameter. Different lengths can be produced according to a user’s height. An obstacle-sensing laser would be located on the bottom tip. The laser would work simultaneously with the sensors around the middle section of the stick. The section above the laser would feature a retraction feature for shortening the stick for easier use in crowds. The user can retract the stick via voice command. GPS technology would provide spoken step-by-step directions for any area. A user could listen via an ear piece located on the top of the stick. The handle section would feature a hand-print scanner for authorization. If a thief should take hold of the stick, the fingerprints would be stored and a silent alarm would be sent to the police. A serial number must be punched in for the system to operate. An authorized technician can gain access via a star-shaped key. An alarm would activate if the user’s hand remains removed from the handle for more than 10 seconds. The alarm would deactivate two seconds after the user grips the handle. The lower section would include a battery-charger outlet and the top end would include a charger. A battery could last up to 12 hours. The stick could be inserted into a battery charger that features a 9-volt power cord and a speaker. The stick could be tested for operability where a green light means OK and a red light means that inspection is required. Variations of Smartinez could include reflectors that change colors and a six-hour backup battery and a built-in camera with 3.2 mega-pixels.

InventHelp is attempting to submit the invention to companies for review. If substantial interest is expressed, the company will attempt to negotiate for a sale or royalties for the inventor. For more information, telephone Dept. 08-STK-179 at (800) 851-6030.

Manufacturers interested in reviewing additional inventions and new product ideas can contact InventHelp’s marketing partner Intromark by filling out an online request to review new product ideas here.

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