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 -----Original Message----- From: Bcab [mailto:email@example.com] 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. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Geoff Madge IS Development Officer Technology IS Strategy" <Geoff.Madge@essex.gov.uk> To: "BCAB Discussion List" <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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: email@example.com | www.essex.gov.uk EssexWorks For a better quality of life -----Original Message----- From: Bcab [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Nick.Adamson@generaldynamics.uk.com Sent: 09 November 2012 11:50 To: email@example.com 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:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of john Sent: Friday, 09 November 2012 11:18 To: email@example.com 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 -- To find out more about BCAB and the benefits that membership can bring, please visit our website: http://www.bcab.org.uk/ To manage your subscription to the BCAB mailing list, please visit our website: http://www.bcab.org.uk/bcab-discussion-list/ To discuss matters relating to the mailing list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. This email and any files attached are intended for the addressee and may contain information of a confidential nature. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that this email was sent to you in error and you should not disclose, distribute, print, copy or make other use of this email or its attachments. Such actions, in fact, may be unlawful. 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