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Mobile World Congress 2014: Fujitsu GPS cane points you in the right direction

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Mobile World Congress 2014: Fujitsu GPS cane points you in the right direction

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The Fujitsu New Generation Cane is a 21st-century GPS-connected walking cane that guides seniors to their destination, posting their progress to loved ones along the way.

I'm Richard Trenholm with CNET at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Well, I'm looking at the Fujitsu New Generation Cane, which is a prototype 21st century digitally connected walking cane. Its design not only to help seniors get around but also to give peace of mind to family and friends. So, in New Generation Cane, it has this big console plastic handle to make it comfortable to hold. So, the seniors can use it to guide them to help them get around. And the way it works is you pre-program the route into the software on your computer and then that sense through GPS built-in to the cane, it put some arrows on the top to show you where you want to walk. And it also brings back the location of the cane to the computer. So, family and friends and loved ones can monitor where you are. For example, it also has a humility and temperature sensor in it. So, if things are getting quite hot, and you're worried about the senior citizen in your life, he's out there with the cane. And what you can do is you can guide them to somewhere else a little bit cooler so they can have to sit down. Other features include a heart rate monitor built-in. So, if you grip onto it, and put your thumb over here, then it will monitor your heart rate and that information also gets sent back to the computer. And all that data gets saved up when you can keep it for your family and friends, you can look at yourself, and you can also send it to your doctor or health care professional. So, it has WiFi and Bluetooth built-in, as well as GPS. Now, at the moment, the battery last for about 3 hours. So, it's enough for a good long hike. But it's only prototype so it may well have a longer lasting battery when it actually comes to market. So, that's the prototype New Generation Cane to help senior citizens get around. I'm Richard Trenholm with CNET.

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