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1 H I-Cane RegioStars Award 2012 January 16, Brussels Presentation to the jury This project was cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund under OP-South confidential

2 I-Cane introduction!!! 2 confidential The I-Cane system is an unique mobility support tool for the blind and visual impaired. The I-Cane concept and progress can be seen via: 752kM&feature=related 752kM&feature=related

3 3 I-Cane I-Cane initiative originates from civil frustration and social entrepreneurship Mankind travels to space Blind and visually impaired people still use wooden cane confidential

4 4 I-Cane Vision I-Cane system Independence in mobility Without support from others = Unfamiliar routes Safe travel confidential

5 5 I-Cane is built on cooperation!! Embedding I-Cane internationally in the sector With blind and visually impaired With professionals in the sector With charities funding I-Cane International I-Cane Advisory Council confidential

6 6 I-Cane innovates via cooperation!! SMEs and leading knowledge institutes ESA/ESTEC (NL) IMEC (BE), DLR (DE), RWTH Aachen (DE), Fraunhofer (DE) confidential

7 7 I-Cane is developed in region of Limburg to serve a global community!! Key characteristics of region similar to key European and global challenges Aging population Growing need for mobility support for people with physical limitations Need to apply modern EU initiated Gallileo technology blind low vision 30% growth every 10 years (WHO) blind low vision confidential

8 8 I-Cane creates value for blind and low vision people and for… Now: Unique obstacle avoidance / tactile interface / safety functions Soon:Using and pre-testing navigation via Galileo technology Future:Range of spin-off products - indoor navigation - solutions for other physical mobility limitations (walkers, wheelchairs, etc.) - applying tactile interface in other products confidential

9 Thank you for your attention the I-Cane team 9 This project was cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund under OP-South

10 I-Cane is financially supported by: Rotterdamse Vereniging Blindenbelangen Dutch Government I-Cane is technically supported by:


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