[nfbmi-talk] mini guide info
f.wurtzel at comcast.net
Sun Dec 26 12:42:04 CST 2010
Thanks for sending this. Mary and I have a color identifier with a light
sensor in it. It emits a variable tone depending on the intensity of light.
I believe this also could be used as a travel aid, though the information is
much different from the mini guide in that it is reporting light reflections
or sources rather than echo location signals from objects. I will
experiment to see if it will detect a person in front of me. Because it
uses sound rather than vibration, it may interfere with other sound cues in
the environment. It is cheaper and that is why I brought it up. It works
good for finding out if modem lights are on or other light indicators or if
a lamp is on or off.
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Subject: [nfbmi-talk] mini guide info
Here is the mini guide. Tonya was inquiring about it and perhaps others will
be interested. It sounds apealing if I could attach it to me somehow.
Otherwise no thanks.
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Miniguide Detailed info
Miniguide Online Price: $369. We cannot sell Miniguides to Europe,
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Shipping Notes: If items are in stock, they will normally be shipped
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Sales tax applicable for California addresses
Detect obstacles in the palm of your hand with the 2 ounce ultrasonic
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 is 3 inches long, 1.4 inches wide and .75 inches thick
including the single 123A battery. Two sensors covered by mesh at the
front of the unit send and receive the detection signals. Durable
casing covers the rest of the unit.
The Miniguide uses ultrasonic echo-location to detect objects up to 8
meters away. The aid vibrates to indicate the distance to objects -
faster the vibration rate the nearer the object.
The aid utilizes the latest electronics to provide excellent
reliability and battery life. The batteries normally last for many
A single push button* is used to switch the aid on or off and also
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)
1.5 feet (half meter)
* The double push button model, Miniguide US is available exclusively
American Printing House for the Blind and can be purchased with school
Cane and guide dog users have found that the Miniguide has assisted
in many ways, including:
Avoiding obstacles such as parked cars, poles and street furniture.
Detecting overhanging obstacles such as tree branches.
Locating a person at a sales counter.
Locating the end of a line.
Locating doorways, gaps and determining if elevator doors are open.
Navigating around tables, chairs and office environments.
The Miniguide is only intended as an accessory to the more traditional
aids such as the white cane and guide dog. The Miniguide is not a
replacement for these primary aids, it should only be used as a
The Miniguide can not detect drop offs. So please rely on your primary
in areas where drop offs might be present, for example, railway
near stairs and so on.
People should only use the Miniguide once they have read and
the instructions, as the instructions include important information
warnings about its use. People who may have difficulty understanding
instructions should only use the aid under expert supervision.
should only use the aid under adult supervision.
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