Ray is a small, extremely sensitive electronic mobility aid emitting acoustic and/ or tactile signals. It has been designed to complement the ordinary long cane. Its ultrasonic emission can be compared to the cone of light of a torch and will help you to recognize obstacles much faster and get a more detailed knowledge of your environment: Ray is a small and handy lightweight (60 g). It works with 2 long-lasting AAA batteries and fits in every pocket. Barriers up to a distance of 2,85 m will be recognized and announced to the user via acoustic signals or vibrations (the user can choose between these two modes).
A special 'Escape' mode enables the user to locate small gaps such as door entrances or passageways through a crowd of people (again the user can choose between acoustic or tactile feedback) Ray also includes a light probe function with either acoustic or tactile announcement. This way Ray will bring things to light which are inaccessible for the ordinary white cane. Ray will soon become a valuable companion! Ray is extremely easy to use and will only need a short learning period.
Please note, this is not a replacement for a long cane. It is designed to be used alongside the cane, but cannot detect drop kerbs.
This note taker has a qwerty keyboard with five bluetooth connections and one usb connections.
there are several youtube talks about this devise, the best one that I found was on the APH site on the web, and I would recommend this youtube podcast is worth looking at.
Here in the UK, you can buy this from ether humanware Uk or from the rNiB.
Cost here in the uK, is £2,595.
I know that I have not been putting things onto my blog in the last year or so, but I am still keeping up with new technology.
In the last year I have bought a laptop from Dolphin, with Guide Connect. I am so pleased with this program that I have now bought a Surface Go tablet from Dolphin also with Guide Connect.
Having worked with them and got to know them my opinion is that Guide Connect is a great program for those who have very little knowledge of computing. Also for people like me who are getting on in years, and find the latest programs on Windows 10, or on Apple products increasingly complex.
I have been using computers for the last thirty years, but now I just want things that are very simple.
I hope that you are keeping well in this epidemic. So do take good care of yourselves.
Over the last few weeks I have been looking at phones, to replace my ageing iPhone SE.
The three phones that I was looking at are the Kapsys Smartvision, Synapptic, and In Your Pocket.
This will not be an in depth view of these phones, but just my own conclusion .
The first phone I looked at was In Your Pocket, a very nice and easy phone to use, as all you have to do is speak to it. At first you may find this challenging if you are used to a touch phone. It is so easy to make phone calls or to send text messages. The advantage of this phone is that it comes with the RNIB Newsdesk, so if you are someone who loves reading the newspapers or magazines, this is the phone for you.
The next phone I looked at was the Synapptic phone. It comes with very large icons in different colours and the text can be made as large as you need it to be. I like this phone, and at one time this was at the top of my list for a new phone. But people who were more in the know than I am, pointed out that this phone was great if you had some sight, but not much good if you were totally blind, as there are only four to six icons on each screen. This means you need to keep scrolling through the different screens to find the icon you need.
The last one I looked at was the Kapsys Smartvision 2. This phone is a three in one phone, as you can use the touch screen, and you can talk to it, and it comes with a numeric keyboard for those who love the old sort of phone with a number pad. I would say if you can afford this type of phone go for the most expensive one, because it comes with additional features.
The downside for me was that on none of these phones could I download the RNIB talking books directly, one of the things that would be top priority for me. So at the moment I haven't gone for any of them.
But your needs and priorities may be different from mine. So if you are looking for a new phone I would advise you to check these ones out for yourself and see which one would be right for you.
Kapsys smart phone can be bought from Sight and Sound technology.
In Your Pocket can be bought from https://inyourpocket.net. Be warned this website takes ages to load.
Synapptic phones are sold by Synapptic. As long as you spell it right, double p, you will find this easily on the web.
I have now been using the Dolphin guide connect for a few weeks now, and I am very pleased with it.
It is a very simple way of using windows 10.
The main thing that I am enjoying the most is being able to download RNIB talking books onto the Dolphin guide connect part of the program which is for books. It is so simple to load books and to delete them when I have finished reading them.
Reading emails it quite easy, and typing letters and documents also is straight forward.
I can highly recommend this program for anyone who is new to computing, or some one like me who has been using computers for nearly thirty years, and finding it more difficult to get ones head around using windows 10, or any other computer program.
you can find out more from Dolphin by phoning them on 01905754577
or on the web at
I have now bought myself a Braille Me, from Steve Nutt of Computer Room Services, who is well known to many VIPs here in the UK.
I have had the device for about three weeks now, and I have started to get my head around how it works! So far I am very much enjoying it.
The first thing I would say about the Braille Me is that the layout is quite different to most Braille Note takers, as the braille display is at the top of the device, and the six Braille keys are towards the bottom of the device.
It has only six dots, unlike the Orbit reader which has eight dots. The Braille Me has cursor routing keys so it is quite easy to place the flashing cursor in the right place for editing.
I found it very useful to read all through the guide, as you might find that sometimes things work quite differently from other Braille machines. But once you have got used to how things work it is very user friendly.
Here in the UK it cost £400, which is a very good price for a small braille note taker.
Braille Me also has bluetooth and works with android and IOS devices. In the same way, you can plug the Braille Me into either a Mac or Windows computer.
You can find out more on the web by looking for Braille Me on Youtube. Or you can contact Steve Nutt on www.comproom.co.uk.