WeWALK

Last modified
Thursday, August 6, 2020

Description of App

What is the tools you used to go from one place to another and explore your nearby places can be found in a place?

WeWALK is an independent movement and travel application designed for the visually impaired. It accompanies you to where you want to go and allows you to quickly access information about your location. It has different features that work in harmony with each other;

A. Navigation

You no longer have to use multiple navigation apps to go somewhere. WeWALK provides clockwise pedestrian navigation with its low vision friendly map and customized instructions for the visually impaired.

To get turn-by-turn navigation, just search for a location or address, as soon as you press the button, you can lock the screen and continue on your way. You can focus your attention on the road without having to check the phone to see if I missed the return.

B. What’s Around Me?

Sometimes we walk down on a street and we pass places by not knowing which restaurants and cafes we are passing at that moment.

Now you can automatically hear the most popular places near you as you walk, thanks to discovery mode.

Also you can discover what is around you while standing in a place. You can use "What's around me?" screen, as soon as you enter the screen all nearby places will appear as lists.

C. Public Transport

WeWALK helps you to explore and freely explore the city with its public transportation infrastructure in more than 1500 cities in dozens of different countries such as European countries, United States of America and United Arab Emirates.

You can see the nearest stops through the application, you can list the vehicles passing through these stops, and learn arrival times.

D. Accessible Interface

The interface of WeWALK is designed to be fully compatible with screen readers. In addition, the screens are designed to be easier to see for those with low vision with adjustable color options and text size.

E. Connection with WeWALK Smart Cane

We know that white cane can be difficult to walk on the phone with one hand on the other.

The WeWALK app connects with the WeWALK smart cane, allowing you to conveniently control operations such as navigation via the smart cane. In this way, you can navigate wherever you want in the phone pocket without having to pick up the phone with the smart cane, and you can learn the places around with the smart cane with the discovery mode. Moreover, we offer a much more precise navigation experience thanks to the directional technology of the smart cane WeWALK.

In addition, the smart cane recognizes obstacles at head level, providing a safer walking experience.

Note: You can use these features on the WeWALK app without the WeWALK smart cane. However, with the WeWALK smart cane, you will experience more precise guidance and a free ride.

Let's WeWALK and explore together.

Version

2.2

Free or Paid

Free

Apple Watch Support

No

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone
iPad

iOS Version

13.2.3

Accessibility Comments

WeWALK can be used with voice over accessible.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

The WeWALK app has a smart cane. If desired, it can be used more easily in the application by means of a cane. You can visit the website for detailed information.

Developer's Twitter Username

@wewalkio

Recommendations

1 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Atakan 10 months 2 weeks ago

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Comments

Submitted by brandon armstrong on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

hello all, I've seen products like this from time to time come and go just as quickly. I'de love to buy this cane, but the price tag is what is keeping me away. it's more expensive then the triditional cane that I can get from l s and s for twenty bucks.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

My concern with a cane like this is that I will get so busy listening to feedback from the cane that I will forget to pay attention to my surroundings. As someone who has been using a cane since before Noah built the Ark, I believe a cane like this would be more distraction than assistance. I do not believe a technological cane can give enough feedback about cracks in the sidewalks, overhanging tree branches, etc. I applaud the efforts of the company, but something like this is not for me. If others have had success with this, I hope they will post their stories here.

Submitted by Eric Davis on Wednesday, December 4, 2019

In reply to by sockhopsinger

I have a Wewalk smart cane. It is impressive. I have used it in independent mode most of the time. I will get some way to use it with headphones that don't block out the world. I have used it with the app a little bit and it works well. Over all I would describe it as an impressive device and companion app.
I like it a great deal.

Submitted by Imaginingstuff on Wednesday, December 4, 2019

How hevy is it? The NFB free cane is so light I love it. I can walk for hours with it and my wrist and arm don't get tired or sore. My friend wears earing aids, audio cues would be hard for him to hear. It sounds like it could be distracting. I'd love to hear about other peoples experiances.
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Submitted by Chris on Wednesday, December 4, 2019

I was given one of these as a gift and I'm not enthused. Well, let me restate that. I think it's a good idea, but mostly impractical for me. The vibration feedback for obstructions is a great idea, although I found the unit would constantly vibrate. Perhaps I wasn't holding it correctly, but I wasn't really impressed.

The GPS feature is a nice idea, but it's still sadly limited by current GPS technology. I find it very difficult to hear the instructions coming from the tiny speaker of the device, and they aren't even that helpful. I want a GPS system that tells me exactly how to get from point A to B, and describe what's around me in great detail. My spacial awareness is horrible, to the point where I don't really want to go places most of the time unless I know exactly where I'm going. I don't find it fun wandering around aimlessly bashing into things trying to find a specific room on a specific floor of a specific building. This is why I have no problems asking someone for help getting somewhere. It saves time and lets my brain focus on more important tasks.

I've also found the cane to be very uncomfortable to hold. The unit at the top is too heavy and is not really practical to hold for long periods of time. The app is a good idea, but it's very limited. The only thing I can do with it is check battery level and set up a GPS route.

This is not intended to bash the product, not at all. I genuinely like the idea, it just isn't quite the product I would have liked. I'll contact the developers and give them this feedback. Maybe they can make software improvements or keep these considerations in mind for future hardware revisions.

Ideally, I would have liked something with a camera and object recognition to telll me about the environment. Perhaps it could work with the app to pull data from map services or something, I don't know. Sadly, this is not that dream device. It definitely is a step in the right direction, but it's not the awesome solution to navigation I'm looking for.

Submitted by Atakan on Thursday, August 6, 2020

In reply to by sockhopsinger

Hello, we continuously work to further improve the WeWALK smart cane. With the WeWALK, you can detect obstacles at your head and chest level while still geting tactile feedback about the obstacles on the ground with the physical white cane of the WeWALK as usual. I am also a user of the WeWALK, and I find using the WeWALK not distracting. If you do not want to use the obstacle detection for a while, you can turn it off and use the GPS navigation, public transportation or what's around me features of the WeWALK. You can adjust the obstacle detection distance based on your preference and height, or you can completely mute it for a certain period.

Submitted by Atakan on Thursday, August 6, 2020

In reply to by Chris

Hello, thank you for contributing to the development of WeWALK. With WeWALK, we embarked on an unprecedented journey and believe that we will reach great heights by walking with you in this journey. We improve the WeWALK every day, so if you have not taken a look at the app for a long time, we recommend you update it and try the new features again by going on a short walk with your cane. With the WeWALK navigation 2.0, we have combined the navigation experience attainable previously with multiple applications in one single app. You can now have a much easier, more accurate navigation experience. Please do not forget to share your feedbacks with us after trying it. We will keep improving the WeWALK app and smart cane based on your feedbacks. We continue our efforts to use cameras and image processing for the mobility of the visually impaired. The WeWALK is one of the few startups selected to Microsoft's AI for good program and we are designing our AI technology together with Microsoft. You can read more about it here: https://wewalk.io/en/access-granted-helping-people-with-disabilities-explore-the-places-they-love/ You can find details about the changes in the WeWALK on the forum here and share your comments after checking them out.

Submitted by Blind angel 444 on Thursday, August 6, 2020

Is it available in the United States? I have never heard of this cane and I was wondering what its like in person? Do you have a YouTube channel?

Submitted by Atakan on Saturday, August 8, 2020

In reply to by Imaginingstuff

Hello, we are working on reducing the weight of the WeWALK. With the special edition version coming soon, the WeWALK will come out of the box with graphite branded Ambutech white canes, which will considerably improve the user experience. We are taking pre-orders for the special edition of the WeWALK until. You can find comments made by our WeWALK users on our YouTube channel.