Feeds

Germans unleash electronic guide dog

GPS-enabled iPAQ helps blind

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

German company Papermeier has introduced an electronic "guide dog" for the blind called Trekker which uses GPS to navigate.

Trekker is a PDA with a route map and GPS receiver which calls out its current location: "You are at 6 Leopold-Ahrends-Strasse", for example.

The company stresses that the PDA is not a replacement or a substitute for a cane or a guide dog. With its 10m accuracy it won't be able to avoid major obstacles, for instance. What's more, current GPS route maps can't offer such detail.

Neither is the Trekker the first such aid for the visually impaired. Recently, an invention called VoiceNote GPS attracted a lot of publicity. This device comes with 5GB hard drive and costs around $2000.

The Trekker, however, runs on a regular GPS-enabled Compaq IPAQ and comes with a 64MB flash card. The company's website (in German only) doesn't yet mention a price. ®

Related stories

Top UK websites diss disabled
Old people need computers too
Disabled users struggle to access FTSE 100 sites
EC talks up tech for the disabled

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
Canadian ISP Shaw falls over with 'routing' sickness
How sure are you of cloud computing now?
Don't call it throttling: Ericsson 'priority' tech gives users their own slice of spectrum
Actually it's a nifty trick - at least you'll pay for what you get
Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'
Network throws hat into ring with Linux-powered handsets
Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp
Four routers rooted in SOHOpelessly Broken challenge
New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first
'Very disruptive' new rates to be revealed next week
PwC says US biz lagging in Internet of Things
Grass is greener in Asia, say the sensors
Ofcom sees RISE OF THE MACHINE-to-machine cell comms
Study spots 9% growth in IoT m2m mobile data connections
O2 vs Vodafone: Mobe firms grab for GCHQ, gov.uk security badge
No, the spooks love US best, say rival firms
Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM
Networks' main issue: they don't know how it works, says expert
Trans-Pacific: Google spaffs cash on FAST undersea packet-flinging
One of 6 backers for new 60 Tbps cable to hook US to Japan
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.