WiiCane Touch Graphics has developed WiiCane, a system for promoting proper use of the long cane in orientation and mobility training for young children and others. WiiCane uses Wii motion tracking technology to provide real-time feedback as users walk up and down a 30′ long indoor course. By practicing with WiiCane, some users may learn to walk straight without veering, potentially leading to safer independent travel.
The WiiCane system consists of four components:
- A modified telescoping graphite mobility cane with a Wii Remote mounted in an aluminum yoke.
- A modular, 30′ long overhead track (looks like a standard lighting track).
- A touch screen PC computer preloaded with the WiiCane software.
- A belt for holding a second WiiRemote for position tracking along the course -wrist holders for two additional Wii Remotes (optional, for training deaf-blind travelers).
This work is funded from a Steppingstones of Technology Grant (H327A080028A) awarded by the Office of Special Education Programs, United States Department of Education.