Can a walking stick be a flashlight? How about a portable stereo? Or a tool to drive away belligerent dogs? Meet the “Intelligent Walking Stick”, slated to hit the shelves before the end of this year. It can do all that and more!

Researchers at Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute developed a walking stick that does more than help an older person walk more safely. The stick also doubles as a flashlight, an alarm system to call for help or deter would-be criminals, a high-frequency warning devise to scare away dogs and an FM radio. The cane could be on the market by the end of 2007. Researchers are already working on a new walking stick, which will include a Global Positioning System and a blood pressure monitor.

What will they think of next??