Mobility aiding devices were developed to aid visually impaired in identifying obstacles that they come across while walking. There are mobility aids which can help people with the impaired visual ability. Majorly visually impaired people use conventional canes for their mobility. The cane or walking stick is the simplest form of mobility aid. Conventional canes are not sufficient in providing the correct surrounding information at accurate time period consequently leads to difficulty in the mobility of visually impaired people. The visually impaired user using a conventional cane may use the cane in one direction while the obstacle may be in the other direction, also, cane may not guide the user about distant obstacles and the obstacles that may be above the ground level such as branch of tree which might injure him while walking even if he gets an idea of obstacles at ground level through the conventional cane. So, even with a due care while walking, there is always a risk of such in a wrong judgment in walking and the user may get misguided regarding the obstacles. This may result in an accident and thus one cannot fully rely on a conventional cane as an aid.
The idea originated by having empathy around the troubles faced by the blind / visually impaired persons in their day to day lives causing immense mental trauma for the person, their families and their well-wishers. The concerns cause them to be dependent on others thereby causing a lack of confidence and eventually leading them to stay unemployed. We started our journey of helping out the community by developing our initial product, 'Saarthi', which is an assistive mobility device that helps the blind / visually impaired in detecting an obstacle on their path with a 99.7% accuracy. Our vision is to touch the lives of more than 285 million visually impaired across the world with more than 70 millions of them in our own country.