Re: [BCAB] ultra cain ALAN THORPE 09 Nov 2012 19:07 GMT

hello
it is the same but it has had quite a bit of work done to it making the
electronics better.

I can say this as I was involved with the testing of the new model.

I was even on breakfast TV on film with it earlier this year.
in fact it was on the same day as that farm got raided so our item was only
one once as the farm story took over and we were removed.

MANY THANKS
ALAN THORPE
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and servicing.
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From: "Vince Thacker" <vince@gainleics.fsnet.co.uk>
To: "BCAB Discussion List" <bcab@lists.bcab.org.uk>
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2012 6:59 PM
Subject: Re: [BCAB] ultra cain

I'm wodnering if this is the same Ultracane that was around maybe 6 or 7
years ago, because i understand that the original makers had gone out of
business.

I did have a chance to try one, and got the hang of it pretty quickly, with
both sounds and vibrations giving clues about the environment. At least it
would supposedly detect overhanging thorns and the like, so would definitely
be an asset for some people. For the price, though, I decided I didn't need
one that desperately, as no doubt I'd have to buy it myself. I'm very glad
in any case that I first became much more proficient at using the regular
long cane.

Vince.

----- 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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