An able cane

About the time I had my first knee surgery, I bought a cane: a menacing-looking black-enameled bludgeon ending in four rubberized do-lollies. (Note: Firefox spearchucker spellchecker doesn’t flinch at “do-lollies.”) With no second knee surgery in the offing, I’m afraid I can’t come up with an excuse to score one of these:

A walking stick with built-in sat-nav has been developed by Japanese technology giant Fujitsu.

The Next Generation Cane is designed to help elderly people find their way, as well as monitor things such as heart rate and temperature.

Its location can also be followed online — and can be set up to send email alerts if it thinks the user may have fallen over.

I shudder at the thought of how much this thing will cost when it goes into production. And I also shudder at the the thought of the inevitable two-minute TV ads with an 800 number and “Find out if you qualify.”

1 comment

  1. fillyjonk »

    1 March 2013 · 10:13 am

    Wow. I suppose for people who need that that’s a boon, but….yeah, not sure I want something that would allow my location to be followed online.

    In the opposite direction…I keep looking at traditional Irish blackthorn walking sticks (“Shillelaghs”) but cannot QUITE justify buying one to myself.

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