[blindkid] The BuzzClip: Wearable Technology for the Blind

Barbara HAMMEL poetlori8 at msn.com
Fri Oct 23 17:42:58 UTC 2015

You know, I may be missing the mark by a long shot here, but it seems to me that, while all this technology is cool, nothing is so useful or communicates so well with the sighted public that we are blind, as the long white cane. While these technologies are fighting so far to overcome some negative stigma of blindness that they have attached to the long white cane, they are not as effective and make a blind person look more buffoon-like thus enhancing that negative stereotype they were trying to avoid. And, how long will it be before the negative connotation they have pinned on the long white cane will be associated with their new invention? And the cycle continues. Why not just stick with the "cheap" long white cane and fight down that stereotype until the sighted public sees it as just another tool certain people use like a carpenter uses a hammer or an artist uses a paintbrush ...

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> On Oct 23, 2015, at 09:30, iMerciv via blindkid <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Dear Readers,
> We wanted to share with some information with you about a new revolutionary product that could really change the lives of people living with vision loss all over the world. The BuzzClip is currently live on Indiegogo and while our campaign is promoting this cool new technology, it also has a big social cause attached to it. For more information please check out our campaign page: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-buzzclip-wearable-ultrasound-for-the-blind/x/11673979#/ <https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-buzzclip-wearable-ultrasound-for-the-blind/x/11673979#/>
> Our device has been street tested here in Toronto, as well as the U.S and India by hundreds of visually impaired individuals.
> We have working units at many organizations within Toronto that have been testing our device with their clients and the response thus far has been amazing. You can watch the BuzzClip in action or hear what some of our users have to say about it on our Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSnwSwEYIMD-bs8xOZM4tIQ <https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSnwSwEYIMD-bs8xOZM4tIQ>
> It would be great if you could share this information with anyone who would benefit from using a device like this or anyone who may want to order one for family and friends. With the support of the public, we can build a better product and can have them in the hands of people that truly need them as early as the spring of 2016.
> Please contact us if you have any questions and we really look forward to hearing from you.
> Thank You & Best Regards,
> The iMerciv Team
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