Re: [BCAB] ultra cain Jackie Cairns 10 Nov 2012 08:51 GMT

Hi Paul

I agree with you.  For me, when having the loan of one, it felt heavy and
bulky when folded.  I found the vibration on my thumb became irritating
after a while because it seemed to pick up passing cars.  Because of a
serious injury to my ankle some years ago, I tend to sweep the kerb when
walking or, as is known, the outer shoreline, so I know how deep the drop
is.  As you say, the new device might be better, but what a lot of dosh!!

Kind Regards,

Jackie Cairns

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From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces@lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Paul Roberts
Sent: 09 November 2012 17:17
To: BCAB Discussion List
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.
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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.

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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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