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Are you following the UltraCane yet? If not, then why not follow now and read the great articles that are being published about the UltraCane:

This is a wonderful set of articles about children and mobility/orientation. Great read for those who have children or teenagers who are blind or visually impaired: https://www.wonderbaby.org/orientation-and-mobility/page/2

Getting back out in your local area following COVID-19 Pandemic

We know that many blind and visually impaired people are concerned about social distancing once the lockdown is eased during the next phase.  We may be allowed outdoors, but social distancing will still be in place.  So please remember that your UltraCane starts detecting at 2 metres ahead of you and warns you that you are approaching something.  Your mobility and orientation training through sound cues and directional hearing will give an indication of whether it is people ahead or around you. Maintaining straight line travel is also useful. These cues are useful in helping you to continue social distancing whilst walking outdoors with your UltraCane.

Touch is important to blind and visually impaired people and so don't be afraid to continue to wear gloves if you know you will be touching doors, handles, rails etc.  Remember to wash your hands when you can if you are not wearing gloves or use hand sanitiser, carry it in your pocket.

And don't forget, if you feel your UltraCane might need a service, then just contact us and we will service it for free.  We want you to remain empowered and confident during your travels.  Above all else, "STAY SAFE".

From all at UltraCane.

GET INSPIRED - You know, we weren't the only ones inspired by nature; because of course, the UltraCane was designed using ultrasound in exactly the same way as bats use it to fly in the dark. Did you know for instance that inventor George de Mestral returned from a walk and noticed burrs all over his dog’s fur. Looking closer, he discovered hook-like shapes on the burrs. This inspired him to invent the VELCRO® hook and loop system. Or that Porcupine quills inspired the invention of less painful hypodermic needles that penetrate the skin easily. Take a look at the attached Biomimicry leaflet and join the challenge. Look to nature for inspiration, design a new invention and share on social media. Anyone who wants a text only version of the leaflet, please just email us and we will send you one. Email: [email protected]

Lions International - Lions Club San Petronio of Bologna, Italy

Written by Lions International - "Note the enthusiasm and appreciation of Marco Zollo for the beautiful item that was donated by Lions Club San Petronio Bologna.
Now the roads will no longer be a problem and he will be able to go to his many activities in peace and security."



Lions BEL - Lions Club Garfagnana, Italy

Thank you once again to Lions International for your amazing work with blind and visually impaired people.  A donation of UltraCanes to local blind and VI people to assist and support them in their mobility.  Great to have you all on board and welcome to the Worldwide UltraCane family.

Lions International and UltraCane do it again........

Lions International of Lyon Mont D'Or and the Gallieni Centre for Blind in Villeurbanne, France have donated five UltraCanes to blind and visually impaired people at the Gallieni Centre.  We are so proud of the work we do with an amazing organisation like Lions International and we welcome the five new UltraCane users to the UltraCane family.

We can't tell you how proud we are right now......  LIons International of Merano, Italy showcased the UltraCane at the Minetti Concert in Merano Italy. Thank you so much to Lions International of Merano, for supporting the UltraCane and choosing to donate them to local blind and visually impaired people. We are truly humbled.....

UltraCane is on Facebook

Just in case you did not realise we have our very own Facebook page which we update on a regular basis.  If you have not seen it, then click the link here to go straight to it:  https://www.facebook.com/UltraCane-186656401353345/

Field Museum - Hawaii

So, the UltraCane is coming to Hawaii !!! Well actually the Field Museum's - The Machine Inside (Biomechanics) is coming to Hawaii, but they are exhibiting the UltraCane as part of the Biomimicry exhibit. This is a wonderful travelling museum exhibition but its not just about bats, echolocation and UltraCanes, its about many other things too including dinosaurs and big giraffes!! A great day out for kids and families with a very hands-on experience and you can read more and see more about it here. http://www.bishopmuseum.org/biomechanics/

CBEL Lions - France 

We are so proud and pleased to be supported by CBEL Lions in France. Here are two more happy recipients of an UltraCane given to them by CBEL Lions team.

UltraBike - A Finalist at the Maker Faire in Rome

Read more about the finalists stories shared with the Maker Faire ROME Team.  http://www.makerfairerome.eu/…/r-m-prize-meet-the-finalist…/


A Customer's Experience of the UltraCane

Its always nice to hear users commenting on their experiences of using the UltraCane.  We were contacted recently by a customer in Ireland, Gary Worn, who purchased an UltraCane in June 2016 and decided to relay his experiences of using the UltraCane through the NCBI's technology podcast.  You can listen to Gary's views here: http://www.ncbi.ie/technology-podcast-episode-54-november-2016/

Maker Faire Rome 

So we made it to a finalist of the Maker Faire R.O.M.E 100,000 Euros competition and although we exhibited the UltraBike for blind and visually impaired people to tens of thousands of visitors over three days, we sadly did not win the final!  But never mind, it brought the UltraBike to the attention of many more people and we had a fantastic three days demonstrating it. http://mattinopadova.gelocal.it/italia-mondo/2016/10/15/news/viaggio-nella-maker-faire-di-roma-tra-robocalciatori-e-stampanti-3d-di-cioccolata-1.14254111?fsp=2.4119  


Ca Ma Regarde TV - Canada

Watch our Canadian Distributor - Chawky Moussa talking about the UltraCane on 'Ca Me Regarde' TV, Season 2 episode 36. Click on the link below and move the slider to 13:40 for the section on the UltraCane (unless that is you want to watch the programme from the beginning!) http://www.amitele.ca/…/une-autre-facette-de-gerald-cousine…


Design Museum - London Exhibition

We will be demonstrating the UltraBike at the Design Museum on Saturday 9th April 2016 at this event, so dont forget to book if you are coming along:  http://designmuseum.org/plan-your-visit/access/touch-tours/bike-ability-the-cycle-revolution-a-multi-sensory-touch-tour


Guide Dogs - Australia

What a great article about Narelle, an UltraCane user and client of Guide Dogs in Queensland.  We are so pleased that the UltraCane has made a huge difference to your life Narelle.

Welcome to Lions de France

We would just like to say a very big hello and welcome to the UltraCane family to six new UltraCane users all of whom have received an UltraCane donated by Lions International in France. Thank you also to Clubs de Bergerac Terre de Vignes, Marmande Doyen, Libourne Doyen, Bordeaux Bruges Estuaires, Bordeaux Entre deux Mers and Les Lions du Sud-Ouest for your very generous gifts. Here are just some of the new users.

We are very pleased that our friends at Lions de France - Delegation Sud-Ouest have been able to offer an UltraCane to a valued member of their community to assist them in their daily living.  Thank you for your support.

Bike-Ability:  The Cycle Revolution

Come and see the UltraBike in action at the Design Museum in London on the 9th April 2016  For more information follow the link:  http://designmuseum.org/plan-your-visit/access/touch-tours/bike-ability-the-cycle-revolution-a-multi-sensory-touch-tour


We love that word!  And we love this two minute clip which shows how patents developed in nature are now advancing modern technology and of course, the UltraCane is on there too! Just two minutes of your time to watch the complete clip. Thanks to www.curiosity.com for sharing this. Enjoy.....https://youtu.be/pynSWVdphH4

Star Wars!

OK so the UltraCane didn't quite make it onto the set of the new Star Wars film, but at least this Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala got to try one! Thanks to our friend and UltraCane user Geoff for allowing us to use the image.

UltraCane and Biomimicry in the News again

The UltraCane and UltraBike are in the news again this time the Biomimcry News in Israel. But if you can't read it in the native language, you can read below the article in English and don't forget to watch or listen to the video clip of Ben Underwood a blind boy in California who uses his tongue to make clicking sounds to help him navigate his world.http://biomimicrynews.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/blog-post.html 

QAC Sight Village Birmingham 2015

If you could not attend the QAC Sight Village event this last week in Birmingham, then fear not! You can listen to Insight Radio's podcasts and learn about the products and services that were on offer there. Oh and look out for our very own Julie Davies talking about the UltraCane! Click here to listen.

Guide Dogs Queensland, Australia

Great News for UltraCane and for the people of Queensland, Australia who are blind or visually impaired. http://www.guidedogsqld.com.au/funding-support-safe-travel/


BEL Lions, Italy Supporting Independent Mobility Choices

Our friends at Ceciaa - Italia and BEL Lions are jointly working towards ensuring safer mobility for blind and visually impaired people in Bologna and surrounding regions.  http://www.bel108.it/newbel/index.php/apparecchiature-bel/31-ultracane

UltraCane Brochure now in German Language

We have now finalised our product brochure written in German.  So for all our German friends and colleagues, please see the attached document, written just for you!  Download the brochure in German - Holen Sie sich die Broschüre in Deutsch

UltraCane Brochure now in Italian Language

We have now finalised our product brochure written in Italian.  So for all our Italian friends and colleagues, please see the attached document, written just for you! Download brochure in Italian - Scarica la brochure in italiano

UltraCane Brochure now in French Language                        

We have now finalised our product brochure written in French.  So for all our French friends and colleagues, please see the attached document, written just for you! Download brochure in French - Télécharger la brochure en français

UltraCane Brochure now in Swedish Language

We have now finalised our product brochure written in Swedish.  So for all our Swedish friends and colleagues, please see the attached document, written just for you!  Download brochure in Swedish - Ladda ner broschyr på svenska

ANIOMAP - Orientation and Mobility Conference in Rome, Italy.

The UltraCane will be featured in the third session at the I Convegno Nazionale ANIOMAP su Orientamento, Mobilita e Autonomia Personale della persona con deficity visivo.

22nd March 2015, Rome - Italy.  For more information please see the image below or visit:  www.aniomap.it

UltraBike is one of the 25 semi-finalists for the Nesta Inclusive Technology Award!

We are very proud to announce that the UltraBike is one of the 25 semi-finalists for the Nesta Inclusive Technology Award.  See our application here:  http://www.inclusivetechprize.org/ideas/ultrabike

Guide Dogs Queensland - Concerns for blind and VI at road intersections in Brisbane

Guide Dogs Queensland warns its members to be aware of the new rule in Brisbane which allows vehicles approaching the 'red signal' to stop and give way to pedestrians, but then they can turn left on the red signal if safe to do so.  Blind and visually impaired people in Brisbane are being cautioned when walking across pedestrian crossings and road crossings to be alert to this new rule.

Lions Club - France

An interesting article written by Claire Lebreton, a French journalist about the UltraCane.  Here is part of the story in English.  You can read the full version online by following the link provided http://www.leparisien.fr/espace-premium/paris-75/ils-ont-teste-une-canne-blanche-a-ultrasons-17-01-2015-4453449.php

"No need to tap to identify obstacles. Yesterday, at the town hall of the ninth, forty people experienced a brand new white stick called, the Ultracane. The test, organized by (EPC), an offshoot of the Lions Club, was intended to provide insight of the possibilities offered by this tool.
The cane is equipped with radar located near the hand. One points down, the other horizontal. They detect obstacles up to 4 m and emit vibrations greater or lesser depending on the height and distance of the found objects. "This cane is a real plus for the blind," said Gilles Fiszenson, a member of EPC. "It is very easy to use," adds Jean-Claude Chassain, one of the participants test.


UltraBike Arrives in China!

The UltraBike has finally arrived in China!!  Thank you for sharing. http://www.china-cycle.com/news/show-5161.html

Cani-Guida Lions - Limbiate, Milan

We would like to congratulate the team from Cani Guida Lions (Lions Guidedogs) of Limbiate in Milan, Italy. They are now our official training centre in Italy. 

UltraCane and Biomimicry - in the news again!

Having now returned from our exhibitions in Ireland (and a big thank you to the NCBI for all their hard work in arranging the venues), we find an article on the UltraCane in the Telegraph. You can read it here:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/education/stem-awards/11177873/biomimetics-mimicking-nature-jobs.html

Guide Dogs Queensland are in the news again!

Today at the regional office in Townsville of Guide Dogs Queensland, they have a special event for locals who are vision impaired to have a vision assessment and receive advice on how their services and low vision aids can improve their mobility and independence. Great to see them with the UltraCane. Thanks guys.

Guide Dogs Queensland - UltraCane User

Meet Chris Littlewood - Australian 16 year old UltraCane user with a bright future ahead of him. Well done Chris! http://www.guidedogsqld.com.au/chris-future/

Biomimicry and the UltraCane

We think this short video example of Biomimicry and some of the devices and inventions it shows is fun and educational. See for yourself and look out for the UltraCane: http://prezi.com/rue461c5gu4t/realistic-taoism/

The UltraCane has been voted into the top ten most incredible advances in biomimicry. OK, so we are number 10 but hey, at least we are up there.......http://www.best-top10-list.com/view/post/397/top-10-incredible-advances-in-biomimicry

Its nice to know that whenever organisations talk about Biomimicry (the design and production of devices that are modelled on biological entities), that they always talk about the UltraCane when they discuss bats and how they use ultrasound when flying around in the dark. So a very big thank you to all those organisations and individuals involved in Biomimicry that cite the UltraCane in their articles. Here is just one of them:http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2014/06/10/bat-cane-helps-the-blind-see-biomimicry/

UltraCane Book now on Sale at Amazon - From Bat Sonar to Canes for the Blind

The early development of the UltraCane has been captured and presented in a book format for those interested in seeing how ultrasound technology used by bats has been used to assist people with no vision and people who are partially sighted to walk around safely using the same ultrasound technology now incorporated into a long white cane.  The book can be purchased from Amazon or you can contact us directly for a copy.

UltraBike Comes Back Home to Harrogate.

You may have seen our UltraBike kit on display at the Science Museum in London, well now it has arrived back home in Harrogate.  UltraCane would like to take this opportunity of thanking the Science Museum in London for exhibiting this new invention.  We had a great deal of interest from visitors who saw the exhibit, but just in case you missed it, here are the images again:

UltraCane and Guide Dogs Queensland.

Excellent article from Australian news regarding Guide Dogs Queensland and their range of services on offer including training and use of the UltraCane. Read more here and dont forget to watch the video; check out a new users opinion of the UltraCane. http://www.qutnews.com/2014/09/17/guide-dogs-qld-showcase-new-technology/#.VBvqPfldVV0

UltraCane helps students at Bosnian school for the blind move forward with confidence.

In a new initiative, UltraCane is helping four young students from the Centre for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youth in Sarajevo to improve their mobility at home and in school.  A year long loan of four UltraCanes has been arranged for the Centre through UltraCane distributor Kenan Maglajlija from Asistansia.  Over the year their teacher, Professor Azur Kuduzovic will monitor the impact the UltraCane has on the students' mobility, confidence and independence in different situations.  

Instructions for Use for the UltraCane in German.

We have been asked a great deal if we could publish our instructions for use in foreign languages.  So here is the first of many - Instructions for Use for the UltraCane in German.


Instructions for Use for the UltraCane in French.

And, here is the French version.  http://www.ultracane.com/download/Mode%20d'emploi%20french%20instructions%20for%20use%20ultracane.pdf


Thank you to Sensage EU for their link to our product. The overall aim of SensAge (Lifelong Learning Needs for Ageing People with Sensory Disabilities) is to become the reference point within the European Union for developments in lifelonglearning and enablement for ageing people with sensory disabilities in order to maintain their independence and to improve their quality of life.http://www.sensage.eu/knowledge-base-article/detail/2423  - Sensage

Technological Advances Helping Blind Bosnian Student

Here is an article written about a student in Bosnia who uses an UltraCane and is studying English at the "Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youth". The article relates to the challenges she faces being a young student and being blind, but how technology is helping her to be more independent and confident. http://www.avaz.ba/vijesti/teme/americka-studentica-zeli-biti-profesorica

UltraCane Keeps Undergraduate in the Fast Lane......

Read here about Patrick Elliott-Walker's experience of using the UltraCane for the first time around his university campus.

Flying Blind to Blind Cycling

Professor Brian Hoyle from Leeds University will be giving a presentation at the University of York on 14th May 2014 relating to the UltraBike. For more information, check out this website link: http://www.theiet.org/events/local/198445.cfm?nxtid=

UltraCane exhibited at the Field Museum, Chicago, USA

The UltraCane is hitting the headlines again, but this time in the USA. An exhibition has just opened in Chicago, Illinois at the Field Museum entitled The Machine Inside: Biomechanics. The UltraCane is being featured in the Biomimicry section and details the connection between ultrasound used by bats to detect obstacles in their flight path and how this same technology is now being incorporated into the UltraCane, assisting people who are blind or visually impaired. The exhibition will run from March 2014 until January 2015.



UltraBike in the News

Swedish Technology Magazine "NyTeknik" talks to Julie Davies from UltraCane about the UltraBike and how this new concept is encouraging independent cycling for people who are blind or visually impaired.http://www.nyteknik.se/popular_teknik/teknikrevyn/article3764316.ece

UltraCane in the News

Listen to the UltraCane sales team being interviewed on radio here: http://ultracane.com/download/Ultracane%20Interview.mp3

Rebecca Hoyle is running in this year's Virgin London Marathon, please support her!

This year we have decided to support the charity 'Blind in Business' who support and assist young blind and visually impaired people in their search for jobs. Rebecca Hoyle who is the daughter of the UltraCane inventor - Professor Brian Hoyle, is running in this year's Virgin London Marathon and is raising money for Blind in Business. Please support her if you can in raising money for a very important charitable cause and help assist visually impaired young people into jobs. You can make a donation by following this link: https://www.justgiving.com/ULTRACANE

Barrington Chambers enjoying his first ride on the UltraBike.


The UltraBike and why it was developed by Harrogate entrepreneur.


The BBC, actually CBBC screens Miracles of Nature featuring UltraCane and UltraBike

We were so excited this morning when we spotted the "Miracles of Nature" programme presented by Richard Hammond being shown on the BBC's CBBC channel. You can see another clip of it here featuring the UltraCane and UltraBike and of course, how bats fly around in the dark and navigate using ultrasound.


Ros Matthews - An UltraCane user from Australia. Read her story here:


RLSB (Royal London Society for the Blind) - Kevin Satizabal rides the UltraBike

Read about Kevin's experience on the UltraBike. Kevin has not riden a bike solo for over 15 years. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/kevin-satizabal/ultrabike-let-me-ride-solo-for-the-first-time-in-15-years_b_4162446.html He talks about his experience on the UltraBike whilst testing it out at Herne Hill Velodrome courtesy of the cycling charity Wheels for Wellbeing http://www.wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk/

MaMoMi Initiative - supports the UltraCane

MaMoMi Initiative is a non profit organisation founded by Andrew Mashigo in 2010 to provide interpretation of art to people who are visually impaired by organising "Touch Tours" and similar events at Museums, Galleries and Heritage/Cultural attractions. Check the website out here: http://www.mamomiinitiative.com/

Deutsch-ideen Sprach- und Lesebuch No. 6 2013

A new German textbook for schools across Germany is now including an article about the UltraCane. So millions of German children will be learning how the use of ultrasound by bats is now being used to help people who are blind and visually impaired to navigate their world too by using the UltraCane. http://www.ultracane.com/download/Deutschideen Textbook 6 2013.pdf


"Science & Vie Decouvertes" Magazine 2013

The UltraCane is now featured in this French magazine designed for children. It features information on how bats use ultrasound to detect obstacles in the dark and how this same technology is now helping people who are blind and visually impaired to navigate their world too. It also features an image of Lucy our UltraCane user from Wales. See it here: French Science Magazine 2013.pdf

Listen to Ruth Badley from UltraCane talking to InfoSound about the UltraBike.

Click here: http://www.infosound.org.uk/audio/infosound_753.m3u

Science Museum in London - UltraBike exhibit!

Many thanks to Corrinne Burns at the Science Museum in London for exhibiting the UltraBike kit. It is situated in the Antenna section of the museum but you can have a sneak preview here: http://antenna.sciencemuseum.org.uk/topiczone/articles/ultrabike Please feel free to add your comments and vote on the UltraBike.

The Telegraph News Article - See here:


The Daily Mail News Article - See here:


and Able Magazine


and the Yorkshire Post


RNIB Technology for Life Conference

Listen to Julie Davies from UltraCane talking about the UltraBike at the RNIB Conference held on the 6th September 2013 in Glasgow.


Have you seen the youtube clip of the Miracles of Nature featuring the UltraCane and UltraBike

Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn5a89SpDws

Public Lecture about the UltraCane and UltraBike.

Check out the public lecture given by Professor Brian Hoyle, inventor of the UltraCane if you are in the Cumbria area on the 23rd October 2013 between 4pm and 6pm at Energus, Workington, Cumbria CA14 4AW and see here for information about the talk: http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/26695467

Guide Dogs Queensland showing UltraCane today in Brisbane, Australia.

The UltraCane was exhibited at the Brisbane Mobility Expo by Guide Dogs Queensland as part of their mobility awareness programme.

"UltraBike" for Blind Cyclists Unveiled at RNIB Conference

A bicycle that uses ultrasonic sensors to detect obstacles in a cyclists path was unveiled at the recent RNIB Technology for LIfe Conference in Glasgow on Friday 6th September 2013. The two day technology conference is exploring how new technology can transform the lives of blind and partially sighted people. Ken Reid - Chair of RNIB Scotland trialled the UltraBike around the Science Park. Watch the BBC news footage here and listen to what Ken Reid thinks of the UltraBike. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-23978604

RNIB Technology for Life Conference - Glasgow 2013

Julie Davies from UltraCane talking to Simon Pauley from Insight Radio about the UltraBike during the RNIB Technology for LIfe conference last week. Listen to the discussion here soon. We will put the link up when the podcast is ready.

Disability Horizons - UltraBike Article

The world's first independent cycle event for people who are blind or visually impaired. Check out what our cyclists had to say to Disability Horizons about the event.


A Review of the UltraCane by DIALOGUE Magazine's editor Mr B T Kimbrough

http://www.ultracane.com/download/UltraCane Review from DIALOGUE Magazine Spring 2013.pdf

Accessible Bikes! The UltraBike listed in the top 6 most accessible bikes.

Check out what "About Assistive Technology" think of the new UltraBike - harnessing the power of ultrasound, it enables people who are blind or visually impaired the means to cycle independantly around a cycle track.


UltraBike - Bristol Cycle Event organised by Life Cycle UK

If you missed your chance at having a ride on the UltraBike along the Bristol Amphitheatre during July, then don't worry, we will be having lots more cycle events around the country and you can register your interest by emailing us at [email protected] and put the word ultrabike in the header. Here are some very happy cyclists from Bristol and a very big thank you to Life Cycle UK for organising such a great event.


WARNING! Blind Man on a Bike........

Read here all about Tony Sheaman's attempts on the UltraBike.


Listen here: http://ultracane.com/download/intouch_20130709-2100a.mp3

Life Cycle UK team up with UltraCane

Life Cycle UK teamed up with UltraCane to organise a world's first cycle event for blind and visually impaired people. The UltraBike, which was featured on the Miracles of Nature BBC series with Richard Hammond, was used to allow visually impaired cyclists the chance to ride independently around a cycle track in Bristol on June 22nd. Five UltraBike kits were developed for the event which emit ultrasound to detect obstacles and in this case the barrier of the cycle track, which allowed safe navigation around the track. Read more about the event here: http://ablemagazine.co.uk/blind-cyclists-set-to-make-history-in-bristol-during-big-green-week/ or watch the BBC news programme here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OFP4td3wFA

BBC Summer of Wildlife

We are so excited to be a part of the BBC Summer of Wildlife kicking off in Cardiff on the 15th June 2013 at the National Museum of Wales. The UltraCane will be demonstrated at the event and visitors can try the UltraCane round an obstacle course. Our "UltraBike" will also be featured at the event and talks will be given detailing what Bats and UltraCanes have in common??? Yes you guessed it, "Echolocation". We will have free giveaways for the children and families who participate. For more information on the BBC roadshow events, please see here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo/activity/bbc-summer-of-wildlife-activities-and-stage-shows/occurrence/273914


Malaysian Association for the Blind - UltraCane Presentation

http://www.ultracane.com/download/The Handover Ceremony of UltraCane to the MAB.pdf

Listen to Alessandra Stefani talking with Brian Hoyle about the development of the UltraCane


Eureka Magazine - "Sight through Sound"

Read on page 39-40 how Dr Paul Clark - Comms Design re-designed and re-developed the UltraCane to help blind and visually impaired people safely negotiate the modern world.


Bristol student lost his sight overnight just like his twin brother:


Blind Brothers Test Drive the Successor to the 'White Stick'


Guide Dogs Queensland (GDQ) - Australia

Secures Australia - First Technology for its UltraCane Clients. Read more here on page 4.



Article written by MaMoMi Initiative under Links

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Article by Andrew Leibs - Assistive Technology Guide


Insight Radio (RNIB) Tech-Talk Show

Listen to Insight Radio's Tech-Talk show all about the UltraCane featuring, Professor Brian Hoyle - the original inventor, Julie Davies from Sound Foresight Technology and Alan Thorpe, an UltraCane user from Sheffield talking about the UltraCane. http://insight-cdn1.phasebroadcast.net/Listen_Again/Listen_Again_Specials/Tech_Talk/2013-01-15_tech_talk_episode_24.mp3

Read what Geoff Madge has to say about his UltraCane in Disability Horizons magazine.


Listen to Julie Davies from Sound Foresight Technology talking to Rowland Myers from Infosound about the UltraCane.


Lucy Jones - Student at Newport University, South Wales, UK

Lucy Jones, 23, first trialled the UltraCane at an exhibition last year "and knew straightaway" the difference it would make to her life, both on and off campus. Read all about Lucy's story here:


Sarajevo Citizens Show Their Support for Disabled People

The UltraCane made a show in Sarajevo on the 3rd December 2012 at the International Day of Persons with Disabilities City Walk. The walk was supported by several hundred members of associations, federations and other organisations representing persons with disabilities. Organizers were the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and nongovernmental organizations of persons with disabilities in the Federation, the participants were led by people in wheelchairs. The route was through central city streets, from the Cathedral to the building of institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Guide Dogs Queensland, Australia demonstrating the UltraCane at the Expo Mobility at Kingeroy's, Australia. http://southburnett.com.au/news2/2012/11/expo-more-than-just-dogs/


Dan Smith riding the "UltraBike".

Photo taken from the Miracles of Nature programme, 12th November 2012 presented by Richard Hammond. Dan Smith is completely blind but rides a bike through a woodland pathway using ultrasound to detect trees and other obstacles whilst cycling. The "UltraBike" uses the same ultrasound technology that is incorporated into the UltraCane and features components of the UltraCane in its design.

Miracles of Nature - Blind Cyclist, Dan Smith talks to Bristol University Press about his experience on the "UltraBike"........


Miracles of Nature - Harrogate company gives TV's Richard Hammond second sight......


Miracles of Nature - BBC1 - Monday 12th November 2012 at 9pm presented by Richard Hammond

Richard Hammond reveals secret animal abilities from the natural world and discovers how those same animals have inspired a series of unlikely human inventions at the very frontier of science.  Programme 2 in the series looks at 'Super Senses' including how bats use ultrasound to detect pray and obstacles in their path and how this very same method is now being used in the UltraCane so that blind and visually impaired people can locate obstacles in their path and at head height, allowing them to travel more safely and confidently. See  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01nzd9t

Mr Mike Corbett - Orientation & Mobility Expert - North Carolina, USA

Mike Corbett - PDF - 283kb

Mr Paul Warner - VICT Consultancy, Glasgow, United Kingdom www.vict-consultancy.co.uk

Paul Warner VICT Consultancy July 2012 - PDF - 324kb

East Suffolk Association for the Blind - December 2011 Newsletter


Disability Horizons - Online Magazine