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The Cane that Knows the Way

United Kingdom | 2024 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow

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Globally, at least 2.2 billion people have some form of vision impairment.[1] For those who are visually impaired, navigating the world presents a daily array of challenges—from avoiding obstacles to finding their way through unfamiliar environments. Traditional tools like the white cane often fall short, offering limited assistance.

Ramneek, a First Class Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduate and aspiring Design Engineer, has faced numerous obstacles throughout her journey as a visually impaired woman in STEM. Her resilience and determination have not only helped her overcome these challenges but also inspired her to create an idea that can change the lives of others facing similar difficulties.

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Beyond the White Cane

Ramneek’s invention, MyVision stands out as a revolutionary tech-forward mobility aid, integrating AI, LiDAR, and GPS technology to provide enhanced navigation for the visually impaired. Unlike the traditional white cane, MyVision offers a significant leap in independence and safety, empowering users to navigate their surroundings with newfound confidence.

Ramneek's dedication to the visually impaired community doesn't stop at her invention. She is committed to advocating for their education and career opportunities, working with organizations like the All-Party Parliamentary Group and the Thomas Pocklington Trust. Her advocacy and volunteer work have established her as a formidable force in the fight for equal opportunities and support for blind and partially sighted individuals.

Reflecting on Ramneek’s contribution and the spirit of Solve for Tomorrow initiative, Jessie Soohyun Park, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Samsung Electronics UK said, “Innovations like Ramneek’s MyVision show the incredible impact young people can have when given the opportunity to address real-world challenges. Through Samsung’s programs, participants not only develop groundbreaking ideas but also gain the confidence and skills to advocate for their communities. Seeing how these projects evolve and benefit society reinforces our commitment to nurturing young talent and improving the program continuously.”

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Navigating a Brighter Tomorrow

Ramneek dreams of a world where visually impaired individuals can navigate their environments with ease and confidence, significantly enhancing their quality of life. Her goal is to ensure that technology bridges gap and fosters equal opportunities, particularly for those often marginalized.

She stands not only as a beacon of hope for the visually impaired but also as an inspiration for young innovators worldwide. Her story is a testament to the power of perseverance, innovation, and an unwavering belief in the potential to transform lives and change the world for the better. Let’s rally behind Ramneek’s vision to empower the visually impaired.

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[1] WHO, Blindness and vision impairment

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