Welcome to our website and join us to enhance the lives of Visually ImPaired and Blind (VIP) persons. We welcome everybody to actively participate to make our world just a little bit better and include more and more people in or society in general each and every day.

We have our first prototype ready and are planning the next generation with much needed enhancements.

The VIP’s who are testing the “Marchena Cane” now are giving valuable feedback. 

Here is a listing:

EnhancementWhat does it do?Why do we need it? 
Make it collapse able – Being Tested!Enables me to easily store the cane Comfort and freedom of clutter 
Flashlight feedbackInforms me of the status of the flashlight, on / off, 2 hour, 1 hour battery life leftI can not see it, so I must  somehow know it’s status
 Cane balanceBetter balance makes the pedulum motion less stressful on the wristWith the lighter motion, the wrist is les susceptible to fatigue and RSI 
 Flashlight motionSwitch on automatically if I lift the cane One sure way of knowing that the cane lights up when I cross the road 
   
Context:
The “Blind Cane” is the main tool for the VIP to make their presence clear and communicate their bearing and course to other traffic participants. The original cane was introduced nearly a hundred years ago and has proven it’s value.
Now with new Technology available, we want to increase it’s utility.
  1. Enhance mobility and Increase visibility
  2. Enhance functionality for VIP
  3. Enhance communication to smart vehicles, traffic lights, bicyclists and other pedestrians
Debby’s goal is that 30% of visually impaired people use the Marchena Cane before 2025 and that by 2030 the algorithms in self-driving cars and Smart Cities will recognize and respond to the networked Light up Cane.
This will have a huge positive impact of VIP safety, mobility and quality of life.
And you can help, donate!

“The Why” by Debby Marchena
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Road test
Debby executed a road test in busy Amsterdam close to the Central Station, where she had the accident that set
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MakeHealth Meetup: The day of the White Cane
During the first MakeHealth: Prototyping series participant Debby Marchena developed a light-giving white stick in FabLab Amsterdam. During this MakeHealth
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Presentatie Prototypes in de Waag
During the final presentation of Prototyping Health in the Waag, everyone could admire the prototypes. The question, which almost everyone
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