GoCane Launch by AyeCo
Ayub Yaqoob Engineering Company (Ayeco.) was incubated at the LUMS National Incubation Center Lahore in their first cohort. Founded on July 5th 2017, the company is currently the only locally manufacturer for health tech assistive devices in Pakistan.
AyeCo launched the first ever Pakistani Produced Smart Wheelchair called GoBee. The company has gone on to modify their wheelchair for various impaired individuals. In 2019, they have returned with another refined product for the visually impaired. On July 25th they launched their Smart Guiding Assistive Walking Device, named Go-cane, for the blind community in Pakistan.
The company has already received more than 100 pre-orders prior to the launch.
This invention relates to a smart, rechargeable, battery-powered electronic device for the visually impaired, which instruct the individual to walk, maneuver themselves on the stairs, and warns a blind person of dangerous obstacles on the road. This device can be attached to any ordinary cane. It comes equipped with sensors that collectively give feedback in the form of vibrations to facilitate the user by detecting the height, direction and the orientation of the obstacle in their way. It also comes in both indoor and outdoor modes for better workability.
To launch this incredible product, the company organized an Assistive Tech Conference in collaboration with the National Incubation Center Lahore. The CEO of the company, Faaiz Arbab welcomed his guests and spoke to them in detail about the importance and scope of AT, its need in Pakistan, standardization and hallmarking, infrastructure Development, future Goals and a lot more.
Unveiling the GoCane®
The launch was attended by some of the most notable personalities that included Amjad Saqib from Akhuwat, Dr. Izhar Ul haque hashmi from PWTD (Punjab Welfare Trust for the Disabled), Amna Anees from US Counselette, Humara Bano from Special Education department, Punjab University, Dr Shaheen Pasha from Special Education department, University of Education, Farah Naaz from Christoffel-blindemission Christian Blind Mission e.V. (CBM), Hassan Tareen Assistive device specialist at Lums, Asim Kareem (Visual Impaired) Assistant Professor. Dr. Bakhtawer who is a dentist, Yousaf Saleem, a first Pakistani blind judge.
Dr Sarah Ikram from King Edward Medical University. Faisal Sherjan Director NIC. Wajid Hussain from ROSP (Rights of Special Persons). Dr. Anees ur Rehman President Daikh Bhaal Organization shared their thoughts regarding this initiative in Pakistan.
Faaiz Arbab and AyeCo have also exceeded all expectations and proven that when one has a vision, there is no obstacle great enough to become a hindrance. Arbab has accomplished various milestones that have made him a notable and reliable name for all those who have suffered at the hands of their impairment. We wish AyeCo the very best of luck and are extremely proud to not just have been associated with their launch but to also have witnessed their growth as a company.