Archive for October 8th, 2005

White canes, anyone?

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

Every once in a while, you run into one of those things that make you go “Mmmmmm”…

Ok, I took this picture yesterday in a building downtown Sendai. These are a bunch of white canes for visually impaired people. I couldn’t help thinking, wouldn’t they already have their own? And if by any chance they’d left it at home, how the hell did they manage to get here without it? Someone drove them here and said, “Here you are, good luck!”?

white canes

Wanting to satisfy my curiosity, I went to the information desk and asked what they were for. These particular white canes actually have a switch on their grip, which once turned on activates speakers on the ceiling, giving directions as to where the users are, e.g. “You are in front of an elevator”. Clever, eh? There’s only one problem, they are in a remote corner of the main lobby, and unless someone notices white cane users coming in, these guys would have not idea where to find them. They really should put them in the entrance of the building…