Re: [BCAB] ultra Cain Geoff Madge IS Development Officer Technology IS Strategy 12 Nov 2012 08:28 GMT

Hello All,

If you want to know more about the UltraCane then try their site at

www.ultracane.com

I would suggest trying ti at one of the exhibitions which is how I got interested.

The new UltraCane that was launched in 2011 is a much improved version with a lightweight handle - also you may find this a little bulkly compared to a normal long cane handle.

As I mentioned before I received Access To Work funding for mine so if this is available to you 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

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From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces@lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Jackie Cairns
Sent: 10 November 2012 08:56
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Subject: Re: [BCAB] ultra cain

Hi Alan

As you've had a handle on it, so to speak, could you give an idea of its weight in comparison to the older version?  I found it rather heavy and
bulky when folded.   I would love to try one out, just to see how it
compares.

Kind Regards,

Jackie Cairns

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From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces@lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of ALAN THORPE
Sent: 09 November 2012 19:08
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Subject: Re: [BCAB] ultra cain

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
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
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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.

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From: "Geoff Madge IS Development Officer Technology IS Strategy"
<Geoff.Madge@essex.gov.uk>
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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

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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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