New electronic augmentative orientation and mobility device.
Leader Dogs for the Blind, the fist dog guide organization to provide global positioning system (GPS) device training to people using a cane or a dog guide for mobility, recently began selling its own personal GPS navigational device. Based on the Kapsys GPS device, which was designed for pedestrian vacationers to use in European cities, the Kapten PLUS was modified for use by people who are blind--the device was redesigned to increase tactile accessibility, and its spoken interface and software were modified to be more intuitive to needs of users, to include voice recognition, and to provide additional location data. Described as being "the next step in the evolution of location technology," the Kapten PLUS is available for a cost of $295. Look for a product review of the device in a forthcoming issue of AccessWorld: Technology and People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired; available: <www.afb.org/aw>. For more information, contact: Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 South Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307-3115; phone: 248651-9011; e-mail: <leaderdog@leaderdog. org>; web site: <www.leaderdog.org/gps>.
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|Publication:||Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Jun 1, 2011|
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