Re: [BCAB] ultra cain ALAN THORPE 09 Nov 2012 18:00 GMT

hello all
here is an article on TV on Monday.
the UltraCane now features in BBC1's new prime time series Miracles of
Nature, presented by Richard Hammond.   The UltraCane will be featured in
the programme on Monday 12th November at 9pm on BBC1.

eyecan are resellers for the ultra cane and I can say that they come in a
wide range of lengths just like the traditional cane.
can I also say that there is a payment plan which is available over a 10
installment payment if I remember right.

MANY THANKS
ALAN THORPE
EMAIL info@eyecan.org.uk
TEL 0114 220 7007
MOB 07961 406739
www.eyecan.org.uk
for aids  and advice for visually impaired people along with perkins repairs
and servicing.
now an accredited trainer for Dolphin Guide
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Ray" <mike.ray@btinternet.com>
To: "Paul Roberts" <anorack@ntlworld.com>; "BCAB Discussion List"
<bcab@lists.bcab.org.uk>
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2012 5:26 PM
Subject: Re: [BCAB] ultra cain

Paul and list.

Hello, I'm a newbie.

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

Mike Ray

----- Original Message -----
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
>
>
>
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> 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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