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Ambutech 42" Graphite Folding Cane
Graphite folding canes that are extra-light with aluminum ferrules and a double-stranded elastic cord that allows easy folding. They have comfortable ribbed putter grips and eyelet-style tips. These canes come with marshmallow tips can be can customized by purchasing a tip that suits the user's lifestyle. Canes come in 2-inch increments. Order Ambutech 42" Graphite Folding Cane from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Ambutech Alum Folding Cane with Marshmallow Tip
Ambutech aluminum folding canes are constructed of heavy-gauge aluminum that results in strong joints and excellent tactile transmission. They are easy to fold and have an extra knot that allows for easy replacement of Eyelet-style tips. They come with a marshmallow tip and a ribbed putter handle. Canes are available in 2-inch increments from 36- to 54-inches in 4
Braille Compass
Compass with raised dial graduations for touch orientation. North is indicated with an arrow; East, West, and South are marked by braille letters; and intercardinal points are marked with dots. Dial sets on North when cover is closed. When opened, dial is locked in place so graduations can be felt. Includes lanyard. Order Braille Compass from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Braille Plus 18 Second Generation
Braille Plus 18 combines a high-quality braille keyboard and refreshable braille display with an advanced mobile platform and specialized accessible software to create the world's first Android smart phone designed for blind students and professionals. Improve retention, enjoy privacy, and increase literacy with the 18-cell refreshable braille display.
Braille Sense U2
The New Braille Sense U2 provides power and speed in a notetaker. Powerful performance with faster processing Boasting a 1GHz Mobile CPU and a 32GB flashdisk, Braille Sense U2 offers rapid data processing combined with as much memory as you desire.
BrailleNote GPS
GPS system that runs on the BrailleNote and VoiceNote personal digital assistants. Allows user to automatically create routes for either walking or riding in a vehicle; understand street layout before traveling to a new city, using the "virtual explore" mode; generate detailed information about speed, direction, and your altitude; and calculate the distance and direction to a street address or intersection. Order BrailleNote GPS from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Brain Port V100 (Oral electronic vision aid)
The BrainPort V100 is an oral electronic vision aid that provides electro-tactile stimulation to aid profoundly blind patients in orientation, mobility, and object recognition as an adjunctive device to other assistive methods such as the white cane or a guide dog. It translates digital information from a video camera into gentle electrical stimulation patterns on the surface of the tongue. Users feel moving bubble-like patterns on their tongue which they learn to interpret as the shape, size, location and motion of objects in their environment. The BrainPort V100 includes a video camera mounted on a pair of sunglasses. The camera works in a variety of lighting conditions and has an adjustable field of view (zoom). The tongue array contains 400 electrodes and is connected to the glasses via a flexible cable. White pixels from the camera are felt on the tongue as strong stimulation, black pixels as no stimulation, and gray levels as medium levels of stimulation. Users report the sensation as pictures that are painted on the tongue with tiny bubbles. A small hand-held unit provides user controls and houses a rechargeable battery. The system will run for approximately 3 hours on a single charge. This device is intended to augment rather than replace other assistive technologies such as the white cane or dog guide.

Training: Supervised training is necessary prior to using the BrainPort V100 device independently. Training requirements and content are customized to the individual user. Typically, individuals complete a minimum of 10 hours of one-on-one training over one to two consecutive weeks. The training sessions cover proper interpretation of sensory information and operation of the device controls.

C2 Talking Compass
A miniature hand-held battery-operated eight-point compass with digitized voice output in a semi-transparent light-blue enclosure. At the top there is the speaker and the activation button. A three-position slide switch on the side is used to switch the compass off (central position) and select one of the two built-in languages or voices.Order C2 Talking Compass from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Handheld mobility aid that fits comfortably in the hand and stores easily in a pocket or handbag. High-tech, infrared sensors detect objects within four feet. Offers a choice of two modes to detect objects and provide a sense of their distance--Audio mode uses pitch variation and vibration mode quietly uses vibration variation.
The iPhone is a line of Internet and multimedia-enabled smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. An iPhone functions as a camera phone (also including text messaging and visual voicemail), a portable media player (equivalent to a video iPod), and an Internet client (with e-mail, web browsing, and Wi-Fi connectivity). The user interface is built around the device's multi-touch screen, including a virtual keyboard rather than a physical one. Third-party applications are available from the App Store.
The 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.
LowViz Guide - Indoor Navigation For The Visually Impaired

Indoor navigation enables users to find their way around large meeting spaces and to always take shortest routes. Using a smart phone with voice activation, LowViz Guide facilitates orientation and safety, eliminating frustration with locating venues.


. Indoor positioning & presence detection

. Navigation & routing

. Location sharing

. Location based communication

The user is guided by a combination of positioning algorithms, Bluetooth low-energy beacons, and a free mobile app on a smart phone. Routing-by-voice is available through the use of the smart's accessibility feature. A similar application has been installed to assist visually-impaired passengers at San Francisco International Airport.

LowVision Guide is a public service of MD Support and MD Foundation.

Detect 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 US
The 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
Mobile Accessibility
Mobile Accessibility is a screen-access application which allows people who are blind or have low vision to use an Android phone in an intuitive, easy and simple way. Mobile Accessibility is two products in one:
  • A suite of 10 accessible applications (Phone, Contacts, SMS, Alarm, Calendar, Email, Web, Where am I, Apps and Settings) which have been especially designed for the blind and visually impaired. They all have a simplified interface whose textual information is spoken using Vocalizer┬« voice synthesis.
  • A screen reader which allows you to explore beyond the suite and navigate the standard interface of your phone.
Mobile Geo
A GPS program that runs on mobile phones. You can pinpoint your location, learn about the points of interest (POIs) in your immediate vicinity, plan a route between specified points of origin and destination, and get instructions on maneuvers to make as well as information about waypoints along a route that you are following. Requires Mobile Speak screen
RAY G300
RAY, the world's first smartphone specially designed for eye-free operation ? from its unique operating system and eye-free user experience to its specialized built-in content. The single, affordable devices features multiple advanced services including voice calls, email, messaging, contact list services, calendar, GPS, advanced WEB remote assistance, voice recorder, panic and emergency services, audio-digital library, color identification, pictures transcription, banknote recognition, and more ? all within an intuitive eye-free experience operated by touch and sound-only interaction.
Reizen Talking Digital Compass
Talking digital car compass with a thermometer, clock with alarm and snooze, stopwatch, date, and a device for repelling mosquitoes. The large LCD display is backlit for easier reading of all information. Clear, female voice speaks the location with a touch of a button. Uses three AAA batteries (not included)
Revolution Graphite Folding Cane
Lightweight graphite folding cane that flex back to original shape when bent. original shape. Comes with a large diameter pencil tip made of long life super tough polymer and a firm rubber golf-style grip handle. Teardrop, metal, roller and roller ball tips available.Order Revolution Graphite Folding Cane from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Seeing Eye GPS
The Seeing Eye, the pioneer in guide dogs, and Sendero Group, the pioneers of accessible GPS, have teamed up to create The Seeing Eye GPS™. Almost 20 years of user feedback and feature requests are behind the design of all Sendero GPS products. The accessible features in The Seeing Eye GPS™ are only the beginning of what is yet to come as users help in evolving this first fully accessible GPS product for the iPhone. The Seeing Eye GPS™ is a fully accessible turn-by-turn GPS iPhone app with all the normal navigation features plus features unique to blind users. Unique to The Seeing Eye GPS™ - Instead of multiple layers of menus, the three important navigation elements are on the lower portion of every screen: Route, POIs and Location. - At intersections, the cross street and its orientation are announced - Intersections are described (e.g. four-way) with the clock face orientation of the streets. - There are two choices for POI data (Google Places and Foursquare). - Directions are configured appropriately for Pedestrian and Vehicle routes, including heads-up announcements for approaching turns, turn now, continue straight and upcoming turns. - If one wanders off the route, it's automatically recalculated and updated turn information is announced. - Point your phone in a given direction to hear what is nearby with the LookAround Wand. - Nearby Points of interest and intersections are automatically announced. - Ability to run in the background or with the screen locked for iOS 7. If you are running an older version of iOS 6 only the sound effects will play and the phone will vibrate at turns and at your destination but no speech output. Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Requires: Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad 2 WiFi + 3G, iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. iOS 5.0 or later. The Seeing Eye GPS app uses VoiceOver feature for audio voice output and does not contain its own voice synthesizer.
Adds speech and braille accessibility to the Destinator 3 GPS application for Pocket PCs. Maps available on Destinator CDs cover the U.S.A., Canada, Western Europe, and Australia and includes categorized points of interest. Users may have StreetTalk create a travel route by entering a city or postal code or choose a destination from the list of points of interest, a list of their favorites, or from their contact list. Directions may be reviewed while traveling and access to a broad range of information is provided in speech and braille.
Trekker Breeze
Order Trekker Breeze from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
VoiceNote Apex QT
Built-in options are at your fingertips to access Web pages, download e-mails or retrieve files from your network. Enjoy the convenience of wireless accessories and connectivity to keyboards. Printers, embossers, hard drives, flash drives and more, it?s a snap to connect to one of the three available USB ports. Keep an updated list of personal contacts and appointments by synchronizing information with your PC. computer screen
Way Finder Access
GPS software used with a cell phone and a GPS receiver. Interface lets users explore unfamiliar areas as well as identify, select and navigate to points of interest using pre-recorded prompts and a screen reader. Allows users to save favorite destinations; select passenger car, taxi or pedestrian routes; and always find out where they are with the "Where am I?" feature. Also provides information such as street crossings, points of interest and favorites within a vicinity, as well as speed, altitude and
WCIB Alum Rigid Cane Curved Handle
Heavy duty, yet light, rigid aluminum canes. This model has a putter balance, rubberized grip handle. These are white canes with the standard red band at the base. They come in 2 inch increments from 36 to 60 inches.

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