Re: [BCAB] ultra cain Michael Ray 09 Nov 2012 17:26 GMT

Paul and list.

Hello, I'm a newbie.

Do these Ultra-Canes come in different lengths just like conventional canes?

Mike Ray

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From: "Paul Roberts" <anorack@ntlworld.com>
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Sent: Friday, November 09, 2012 5:17 PM
Subject: Re: [BCAB] ultra cain

> hi all,
>
> Back in 2006, I had a loan of an ultracane and whilst I was abel to use it
> up to a point, I found if I was too near a wall, the censors would go off,
> almost constantly.
>
> Also, I had been so used to using the traditional long cane that I found
> the
> ultraccane harder to get used to and also the battery packed up and I
> couldn't get the replacements to work, so lost a couple of day's use from
> the cane.
>
> would be interesting to see how the new one compares to the last model.
>
> who is now supplying the Ultracane.
> ----- Original Message -----
>
> From: "Geoff Madge IS Development Officer Technology IS Strategy"
> <Geoff.Madge@essex.gov.uk>
> To: "BCAB Discussion List" <bcab@lists.bcab.org.uk>
> Sent: Friday, November 09, 2012 12:15 PM
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] ultra cain
>
>
> Hello,
>
> 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.
>
>
> Regards,
>
> Geoff Madge
> IS Development Officer
> Information Services, Transformation Directorate
> Essex County Council
> Telephone: 01245 431332 | Ext: 21332 | Email: geoff.madge@essex.gov.uk |
> www.essex.gov.uk
>
> EssexWorks
>
> For a better quality of life
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces@lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of
> Nick.Adamson@generaldynamics.uk.com
> Sent: 09 November 2012 11:50
> To: bcab@lists.bcab.org.uk
> 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.
>
> Thanks.
> Nick.
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces@lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of john
> Sent: Friday, 09 November 2012 11:18
> To: bcab@lists.bcab.org.uk
> 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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