Re: [BCAB] ultra cain Neela Burke 10 Nov 2012 00:08 GMT

Well will be able to comment more after Paneroma on Mondday night.
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From: Alex Stone
Sent:  09/11/2012, 11:59  pm
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Subject: Re: [BCAB] ultra cain

I had a demonstration of this at the thing that you and I both went to last
month at RNIB, where we didn't meet. It's really good, but six hundred
notes!
Cheers
Alex

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From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces@lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Neela
Sent: 09 November 2012 23:46
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Subject: Re: [BCAB] ultra cain

Me too Chris, though I do not watch much TV.
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From: "Chris" <christopherh40@gmail.com>
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Sent: Friday, November 09, 2012 7:55 PM
Subject: Re: [BCAB] ultra cain

Oh cool, I might watch this.

Christopher Hallsworth

On 09/11/2012 18:00, ALAN THORPE wrote:
> 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
>>
>>
>>
>> -----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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