[blindkid] Wii Device Teaches Visually Impaired to WalkwithCanes

Mike Freeman k7uij at panix.com
Tue Jun 8 02:36:23 UTC 2010


Holly:

I guess Peter and I see no reason for a supplement.

Mike

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "holly miller" <hollym12 at gmail.com>
To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of blind children)" 
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Sent: Monday, June 07, 2010 11:50 AM
Subject: Re: [blindkid] Wii Device Teaches Visually Impaired to 
WalkwithCanes


> Peter,
> It says in the article
>
> "The Wii Cane training program is not meant to replace traditional
> training  methods, but is only a supplement."
> I would be concerned if someone thought it could replace actual real life
> training but I don't think that's what they are suggesting at all.
>
> I'm going to reserve judgement on it until it's actually available.  It
> sounds very interesting but of course well meaning ideas often fall far 
> from
> the mark.  On the other hand, if it is well done it could be a huge help
> especially for newly blind or partial vision kids that are having trouble
> accepting the idea of a cane.  Cane training doesn't need high tech tricks
> to be successful but if there is something that can make O&M training more
> fun & add a coolness factor, why would that be a bad thing?
>
> If this project is successful or not, the research & development going 
> into
> making a game might be a stepping stone to some other assistive technology
> that hasn't even been considered before.
>
> Holly
> aka Hank's mom
>
> On Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 11:56 AM, Peter Donahue 
> <pdonahue1 at sbcglobal.net>wrote:
>
>> 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
>>
>>
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