[blindkid] Wii Device Teaches Visually Impaired to WalkwithCanes

Mike Freeman k7uij at panix.com
Tue Jun 8 01:54:24 UTC 2010


Frankly, I can't see that the game would be all that fun! After all, no 
aliens are being killed! (grin)

Mike

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kim Cunningham" <kim at gulfimagesphoto.com>
To: " (for parents of blind children)NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List" 
<blindkid at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Monday, June 07, 2010 10:29 AM
Subject: Re: [blindkid] Wii Device Teaches Visually Impaired to 
WalkwithCanes


I don't believe any parent on this list serv would allow Wii to become their 
child's O&M instructor. What happened to having fun? We are raising children 
first and blind children secondly. I think this is a great way to encourage 
children to have fun and learn at the same time. Most blind children aren't 
able to experience the Wii games as the games are visual. How cool that they 
can participate in a social activity that most kids have played. All the 
while they are learning cane techniques. Everything I did with my daughter 
when she was young, was centered around learning all the while having fun.
Just my two cents.....
Kim Cunningham

--- On Mon, 6/7/10, Peter Donahue <pdonahue1 at sbcglobal.net> wrote:


From: Peter Donahue <pdonahue1 at sbcglobal.net>
Subject: Re: [blindkid] Wii Device Teaches Visually Impaired to Walk 
withCanes
To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind children)" 
<blindkid at nfbnet.org>
Date: Monday, June 7, 2010, 10:56 AM


Hello Doreen and everyone,

All of the video games in the World won't replace hands-on cane travel
instruction. Please don't fall for this stuff.

Peter Donahue

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Doreen Frappier" <dcfrappier at yahoo.com>
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Sent: Sunday, June 06, 2010 8:51 PM
Subject: Re: [blindkid] Wii Device Teaches Visually Impaired to Walk
withCanes


I love the Wii idea. I think it is a fun and interesting new way to get kids
to work on cane skills. Kids love technology, and video games!
Thanks for sending this link!

Doreen Frappier




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From: Susan Harper <sueharper at firstchurchgriswold.org>
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Sent: Sun, June 6, 2010 7:41:23 PM
Subject: Re: [blindkid] Wii Device Teaches Visually Impaired to Walk with
Canes

Not everyone has great access to services and some folks don't live where
than can get as much outside time. Yeah, I always think it is fun to try
new teaching tools. It may be a good way to follow up when the O&M isn't
available. I sent the info on the Wii to my techie son who designs video
games and said, "See what you and your classmates can come up with that
might be a help to your brother." Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Not
everything is for everyone. Not all learning and work has to be boring. It
is nice when we can make more interesting and fun. The more tools we have
the better.
Blessings,
Sue H.

On Sun, Jun 6, 2010 at 6:09 PM, Mike Freeman <k7uij at panix.com> wrote:

> The below moves me to wonder what is so terrible about just spending more
> time using the cane rather than dreaming up all sorts of applications to
> *simulate* use of a cane? Although the game may be fun, it strikes me that
> nothing substitutes for the real thing, i.e., using a cane outdoors. I
> suspect that, deep-down, the O&M personnel who dreamed up this nonsense
> are
> just a wee bit suspicious about cane use and learning by trial-and-error.
>
> Mike Freeman
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Lenora J. Marten" <
> bluegolfshoes at aol.com>
> To: <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Saturday, June 05, 2010 12:31 PM
> Subject: [blindkid] Wii Device Teaches Visually Impaired to Walk with
> Canes
>
>
>
>>
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>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Interesting.....
>> http://www.ny1.com/content/ny1_living/health/118714/wii-device-teaches-visually-impaired-to-walk-with-canes/
>>
>>
>> Teaching the visually impaired how to use canes to get around is about to
>> become hi-tech. NY1's Health reporter Kafi Drexel filed the following
>> report.
>>
>> Instructors at the Jewish Guild for the Blind on the Upper West Side have
>> found a new use for Wii technology. They are testing out a new device
>> called
>> the "WiiCane" to see if it can help improve mobility training and use of
>> the
>> cane in young children.
>> "One of the greatest challenges for an [orientation and mobility]
>> instructor, which I am, is trying to teach a student to travel and walk
>> outdoors in a safe line, in a straight line. And one of the greatest
>> issues
>> is to try to prevent the students from veering which means angling left,
>> or
>> right off their straight line," says Stuart Filan of the Jewish Guild for
>> the Blind. "So the WiiCane is like a super idea. It's a great indoor
>> training device to have our students get the feeling of what it feels
>> like
>> to veer and how, independently, in real time, to correct that situation."
>> The training tool is being developed by the New York City-based design
>> team Touch Graphics. It uses Wii motion-tracking technology to help
>> students
>> get the feel for not only walking in a straight line, but practice turns.
>> A
>> computer receives movement data and dings if the student remains on track
>> or
>> moves in the right direction.
>> "Evidence shows that once learned, those skills are translatable into
>> actual outdoor travel, and that's huge," says President Steven Landau of
>> Touch Graphics. "Because then, people crossing the street won't veer into
>> oncoming traffic and lots of other things in the course of their
>> independent
>> travel, where they need that ability to continue walking in a straight
>> line
>> without a lot of external information."
>> The Wii Cane training program is not meant to replace traditional
>> training
>> methods, but is only a supplement. However, instructors at the Jewish
>> Guild
>> for the Blind say their young students respond to computers and they see
>> responses in training in some of them that they haven't quite seen
>> before.
>> "Some of the students are really getting off of it," says Filan. "They
>> keep talking about it, they can't wait to come back and to hold onto the
>> cane, work the receivers and manipulate their bodies through space to get
>> to
>> see if they can walk the straight line."
>> The WiiCane is also being developed for adults who are new cane users. It
>> is expected to be available for commercial use by January 2011.
>>
>>
>> Instructors at the Jewish Guild for the Blind on the Upper West Side have
>> found a new use for Wii technology. They are testing out a new device
>> called
>> the "WiiCane" to see if it can help improve mobility training and use of
>> the
>> cane in young children.
>> "One of the greatest challenges for an [orientation and mobility]
>> instructor, which I am, is trying to teach a student to travel and walk
>> outdoors in a safe line, in a straight line. And one of the greatest
>> issues
>> is to try to prevent the students from veering which means angling left,
>> or
>> right off their straight line," says Stuart Filan of the Jewish Guild for
>> the Blind. "So the WiiCane is like a super idea. It's a great indoor
>> training device to have our students get the feeling of what it feels
>> like
>> to veer and how, independently, in real time, to correct that situation."
>> The training tool is being developed by the New York City-based design
>> team Touch Graphics. It uses Wii motion-tracking technology to help
>> students
>> get the feel for not only walking in a straight line, but practice turns.
>> A
>> computer receives movement data and dings if the student remains on track
>> or
>> moves in the right direction.
>> "Evidence shows that once learned, those skills are translatable into
>> actual outdoor travel, and that's huge," says President Steven Landau of
>> Touch Graphics. "Because then, people crossing the street won't veer into
>> oncoming traffic and lots of other things in the course of their
>> independent
>> travel, where they need that ability to continue walking in a straight
>> line
>> without a lot of external information."
>> The Wii Cane training program is not meant to replace traditional
>> training
>> methods, but is only a supplement. However, instructors at the Jewish
>> Guild
>> for the Blind say their young students respond to computers and they see
>> responses in training in some of them that they haven't quite seen
>> before.
>> "Some of the students are really getting off of it," says Filan. "They
>> keep talking about it, they can't wait to come back and to hold onto the
>> cane, work the receivers and manipulate their bodies through space to get
>> to
>> see if they can walk the straight line."
>> The WiiCane is also being developed for adults who are new cane users. It
>> is expected to be available for commercial use by January 2011.
>>
>>
>> Lenora
>> bluegolfshoes at aol.com
>>
>>
>>
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