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for the Blind

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GPS (Hardware)

GPS (Global Positioning System) hardware enables those who are blind or visually impaired to navigate to a desired street address or destination. Some units provide route directions, while others use ultrasound to detect objects in the user's path and alert the user by vibrating or chirping as the person approaches the object. The vibrating or chirping feedback generally accelerates as the user nears the object.

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Product Table

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Kapten PLUS GPSThe Kapten PLUS is a personal navigation device. It can be used to determine where you are, as well as plot routes to local businesses or a specific address. The Kapten PLUS also features an MP3 player, as well as a memo recorder and an FM radio. The Kapten can be controlled either by pressing keys, or by issuing voice commands.
MiniguideDetect obstacles in the palm of your hand with the 2 ounce ultrasonic Miniguide. Augment information from other mobility aids, like the cane or dog guide,with obstacle-detection by the Miniguide from 1.5 to 26 feet. The Miniguide uses ultrasonic echo-location to detect objects up to 8 meters away. The aid vibrates to indicate the distance to objects - the faster the vibration rate the nearer the object. The aid utilizes the latest electronics to provide excellent robustness, reliability and battery life. The batteries normally last for many months. A single push button* is used to switch the aid on or off and also change settings. The aid has various modes and options. The main modes are: 26 feet (8 meters), 13 feet (4 meters), 6.5 feet (2 meters), 3 feet (1 meter)) and 1.5 feet (half meter).
Miniguide USThe Miniguide US is a tiny, handheld electronic travel device that can enhance the effectiveness of a blind person's primary travel method. It uses ultrasound to detect objects, and gives tactual or auditory feedback by vibrating or chirping more rapidly as you approach an object. The optional Remote Unit is used in an instructional setting so that instructors can receive the same tactual feedback as their students. Features include: Tactile feedback: the closer the object, the faster the vibration. Auditory feedback when used with headphone (not included): the closer the object, the faster the chirp. Two large button controls: Five default ranges: 8 meters, 4 meters, 2 meters, 1 meters, and 1/2 meter User-friendly: advanced settings do not show up unless specifically turned on Advanced settings: can select range presets, change type of auditory feedback, and manage the optional Remote Unit Case: durable plastic
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