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Hey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools, and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing, or other special needs!
There is a new product available to help improve the safety of individuals who are blind: introducing the See Me Cane. The See Me Cane is a lighted white cane that makes users more visible to others in low-light conditions. It feels like a traditional white cane, but as the user sweeps and taps the See Me Cane, it creates a light show, drawing people’s attention to the cane and its user.
According to the product’s website: “The See Me Cane is a simple but powerful blind cane. It comes in different sizes (from 2 feet to 6 1/2 feet). Running on a rechargeable battery, this LED-lighted cane can be seen by nighttime drivers up to 100 yards away. The handle has two buttons: one for the on/off function and another that causes the cane to vibrate letting the user know its on/off status…”
Other features include:
- Made of fiberglass
- Available in various sizes, from 32 to 56 inches
- Please note it is not adjustable and cannot be exchanged once it’s received
- There are various threaded tips to choose from
- Weighs about 1 to 2 ounces more than traditional white canes
- Battery lasts up to about 2 hours, depending on the length of the cane; shorter canes may have a longer battery life, while longer canes may have a shorter battery life
- Takes about 2 hours to recharge
- Vibration button indicates whether the LED lights are on or off
- The cane is water-resistant, but it is not waterproof so do not submerge it in water
Visit SeeMeCane.com to learn more!
For more information, to read our blog, or to drop us a line, visit EasterSealsTech.com.
I’d like to take a moment to thank InTRAC, the Indiana Telephone Relay Access Corporation for sponsoring our transcript today. You can find out more about InTRAC at relayindiana.com.
That was your Accessibility Minute for this week! I’m Laura Medcalf with the INDATA Project at Easterseals Crossroads, in Indiana.