Support Services Trekker Breeze

http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw100202

Trekker Breeze is a hand held unit that offers the important benefits of GPS orientation tools, but in a much simpler unit. It enhances independence and confidence when travelling.

Users can record routes as they walk them with sighted assistance.

Routes can then be previewed and activated for future use.

As they walk by, users receive audible information such as street names, intersections and reference landmarks.

In case they are lost, they can either retrace their steps or at a push of a button they can be told exactly where they are.

The Trekker Breeze can also aid the user to reach their favourite destinations with turn by turn instructions from their current position.

The product makes it easier to travel alone and allows people to discover and enjoy their surroundings.

lady using a trekker breeze

Support Services Miniguide

http://www.gdp-research.com.au/minig_1.htm

The Miniguide uses ultrasonic echo-location to detect objects. The aid vibrates to indicate the distance to objects – the faster the vibration rate the nearer the object. There is also an earphone socket which can be used to provide sound feedback. The battery will normally last for many months.

A single push button is used to switch the aid on or off and also change settings. The aid has various modes and options. The main modes are: 4 meter, 2 meter, 1 meter, half meter.

Cane and guide dog users have found that the Miniguide has assisted them in many ways, including:

  • Avoiding obstacles such as parked cars, poles and street furniture.
  • Detecting overhanging obstacles such as tree branches.
  • Locating counter staff and the end of queues.
  • Locating doorways, gaps and determining if elevator doors are open.
  • Navigating around tables, chairs and office environments.
man with a longcane