November 20, 2006

Hi-tech walking stick

German scientists have developed an intelligent walking stick that calls an ambulance if the owner falls over, according to Ananova.

"Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Development have invented the 'i-Stick'.

It's part of an ongoing Assisted Living project to use technology to help elderly people.

If a sensor in the i-Stick registers that it is in a horizontal position, for example if its elderly owner has fallen over, it sends a signal to a control unit which plays a message telling the owner to pick it up.

If the stick remains on the floor the control box is programmed to call either an ambulance directly or a chosen relative."

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