Re: [BCAB] ultra cain Geoff Madge IS Development Officer Technology IS Strategy 09 Nov 2012 12:15 GMT


I have been using an UltraCane for about nine months now and find it very helpful indeed.  It has all the advantages of having a normal long cane but gives either short range or longer range warning of any obstacles either in front or above.  I do twist the handle to find out what is either side of me as well which is very effective.  I can even track where people are when I a walking along the pavement .

It has reduced the number actual hits I make with the cane and my own impacts when bumping into things.  It is not a total solution to getting about but has made a big improvement for me.  I recently forgot to replace the AA batteries so was left just with a long cane which showed me how much I am now using the sonar to get about.  If you are thinking of trying one please bear in mind that it takes several weeks for using it to become second nature which is when the benefit really begins to show.

I managed to get Access To Work funding for my UltraCane with the support of my employer.  If you are in employment then this is definitely worth a try.


 Geoff Madge
IS Development Officer
Information Services, Transformation Directorate
Essex County Council
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-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [] On Behalf Of
Sent: 09 November 2012 11:50
Subject: Re: [BCAB] ultra cain

Hi John.

Thanks for the info.
I've read up about the glasses before but I'm not sure about them. According to my wife, they look a little bit strange and a bit conspicuous.


-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [] On Behalf Of john
Sent: Friday, 09 November 2012 11:18
Subject: [BCAB] ultra cain

Hi Nick,

I tried one of these out last year at sv and thought it quite good but very costly. The rnib do a similar product but in the form of glasses. Both work on ultra sound but the ultra cain has a much greater distence up to 4m, weather this is of benefit is debatible on things like how much advance notice one would like.

The basic idea is that you get vibration indication of when an object is in range of the ultra sound path. So for the ultra cain, this covers from just above your head to the floor and about a metre wide with a range of either 2m or 4m. The glasses from the rnib which are priced at £80 I believe, only cover the top half arond head height to chest or waste I think and only does quite close range, not sure exactaly. The ultra cain has two vibrating bumps  on the cain one for the top sencer and the other for the bottom sencer, giving you an idea of where the object is within your forward path. By twisting the cain left or right, it was very easy to get an idea of what was around either side and with a little practice I think would be quite helpful, especially in new or changing seroundings. The glasses from the rnib are to be used with either a regular cain or guide dog. They are not sufficient to use on their own. I haven't yet tried out the glasses but hope to do so soon.

I hope this very quick review gives a little help into these products.

best, John
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