A class 9 student from Karimganj district in Assam has designed a sensor-enabled smart shoe for visually impaired persons.

Ankurit Karmakar, a student at Rowland’s Memorial High School in Karimganj district, designed the shoe so that it can help visually impaired people walk without stepping onto any obstacles.

“I made this smart shoe for visually impaired people. It detects any obstacles and alerts the person through a buzzing sound,” Ankurit Karmakar told the media.

He added that the shoe can detect an obstacle at a distance of up to 5 metres.

“This shoe can replace the cane sticks which are used by the visually impaired to assist in walking thereby making it very convenient,” he added.

Ankurit said that he designed a simple circuit for the shoe by watching YouTube tutorials through his father’s smartphone. He added that it could be made cost-efficient if built in bulk. At present he spent around Rs 2000 on the smart tech.

The class 9 student further said that he aims to become a scientist and help the people.

“My aim is to become a scientist. I will do more such work that will help people and make their life easier,” he said.

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