Miniguide US

American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the “world’s largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired.”  One of their available products is the Miniguide US.

miniguide US by APH

The Miniguide US is a tiny electronic travel device that is ideal for individuals who are blind.  It can enhance the effectiveness of an individual’s primary travel method (e.g. guide dog, cane, etc.) . The device uses ultrasound to detect objects, and gives auditory and/or tactile feedback by vibrating or chirping more rapidly as the user approaches an object.

Features of Miniguide US:

  • Ideal for individuals who are visually impaired or deaf-blind
  • Includes:
    • Miniguide US unit
    • AAA battery
    • 123 Lithium, 3V battery
    • Quick Start reference sheets in print and braille
  • Two large button controls: front button turns unit on, off, and selects the range; back button selects gap-finding mode
  • Five default ranges:
    • 8 meters
    • 4 meters
    • 2 meters
    • 1 meter
    • 1/2 meter
  • User-friendly: advanced settings do not show up unless specifically turned on
  • Advanced settings can select range presets, change type of auditory feedback, and manage the optional Remote Unit
  • NOTE: The Miniguide US should be used along with a human guide, dog guide, or cane because it does not detect drop-offs and does not provide sufficient information to ensure safety