17-year-old from Swat invents fascinating ‘vibrating smart shoes’

Wasiullah's physics teacher, Muhammad Farooq, described him as his most brilliant student.

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A young Pakistani student, Wasiullah, from Swat valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has invented “smart shoes” for visually impaired people.

The device has been designed to warn the visually impaired about an obstacle within a radius of 120 centimeters from a sound or vibration.

The Seventeen-year-old is a Grade-10 student and entered the world of innovation by repairing and fixing damaged toys powered by electric batteries. The young student also made many gadgets in his school lab.

While speaking to a source regarding his innovation, Wasiullah said, “Visually impaired people will no longer require walking sticks or guides after the popularity of smart shoes.”

“The shoes are attached with ultrasonic sensor and Arduino board to keep blind people safe when they are walking. By using the device, they can get prior notification of any looming obstacle.”

The 17-year-old said a pair of smart shoes could cost around PKR 4,500, adding it was impossible for him to personally market them since he was even finding it difficult to support his college education.

Wasiullah’s physics teacher, Muhammad Farooq, described him as his most brilliant student.

The teacher said, “Wasiullah used to work with me in the lab on different assignments.”
“I believe Wasiullah has the potential to emerge as a leading scientist if he gets proper coaching and opportunity.”

Farooq said his student had initially planned to invent a wheelchair for visually impaired people. Instead, he decided to work on the shoes due to budgetary concerns.

Smart shoes for visually impaired people are available in many foreign countries but, their prices are beyond the reach of many in this country.

Farooq concluded, “The government should own the project because the shoes Wasiullah has made are cheaper and more affordable.”

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