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White Cane

by PuZZleDucK, published

White Cane by PuZZleDucK Aug 26, 2013

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This is very much a work in progress, and is not simple to print yet.

Please forgive my yellow "White" cane :D I just couldn't resist (and I'm running out of white).

This is intended to be a "White cane" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_cane) for the blind or visually impaired... Warning I have no experience designing disability assistance devices nor do I have any experience with the blind or visually impaired, but I am open to feedback and willing to learn.

I think the diamiter is a bit too wide and I'm planning to thin down the next version (I keep thinking in diamiter, but OpenSCAD thinks in radius). Again, I'm not sure how wide a normal white cane is so feedback from people who might know better would be great.

You will need to print at least one handle and one end piece (warning: the end piece ball will require at least a raft... mine still moved... improvements to this are already planned)

The modular design is intended to accomidate a variety of users and cane styles. I was origionally thinking that two mid segments would be appropriate for a "Symbol Cane", but after printing I think maybe three would be better. For a "Guide Cane" at least four or five mid segments would be required, and for a "Long Cane" six or more might be appropriate. The current design should probably not be used as a long cane as the segments just use friction to hold together and the join might not be strong enough. I plan to "lock" the pieces together in a future version. Any advise on locking mechanisms that are "blind friendly" would be appreciated.

I'm also planning to smooth out the mid section in the next iteration.

This is also my entry for the "Print to improve life quality"(http://forums.reprap.org/read.php?282,220067) competition. Wish me luck.

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Hey Damon... great to hear and just in time as I'm about to release another version (hopefully an improvement :D). I'm technically on twitter but I only check it when it emails me, so you can cut the middle man and contact me at [email protected] Cheers.

Hi there Puzzleduck. My name is Damon, I'm a journalist at the BBC in London. I'd like to get in touch with you. If you're on Twitter, you can find me as damonrose - I'd like to mention your cane in an article and get permission to use an image of it. Get back.

my tent pipe structure have this sort of pushbutton made with a U shape spring with one button on a side.
the U is forced into the inner pipe with the button peeping outside a hole.
the head of the button is long enough to interlock with a hole in the outer pipe.

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bagelmuncher on Jan 28, 2014 said:

Hi there Puzzleduck. My name is Damon, I'm a journalist at the BBC in London. I'd like to get in touch with you. If you're on Twitter, you can find me as damonrose - I'd like to mention your cane in an article and get permission to use an image of it. Get back.

PuZZleDucK on Jan 29, 2014 said:

Hey Damon... great to hear and just in time as I'm about to release another version (hopefully an improvement :D). I'm technically on twitter but I only check it when it emails me, so you can cut the middle man and contact me at [email protected] Cheers.

scrambledog on Aug 28, 2013 said:

my tent pipe structure have this sort of pushbutton made with a U shape spring with one button on a side.
the U is forced into the inner pipe with the button peeping outside a hole.
the head of the button is long enough to interlock with a hole in the outer pipe

scrambledog on Aug 26, 2013 said:

in italian "cane" is the dog and the yellow mark it should be internationally understood as "beware at this anti-social dog" or something similar.... in a few words, if you have a dog stay away from mine ;)

dogs apart, I figure your cane popping out while the blind is crossing the street...

it could be useful having a kind of interlocking with pushbutton release

sorry for my poor english...

PuZZleDucK on Aug 27, 2013 said:

hey, thanks... nice little bit of cane trivia :D

I was thinking of a push button style release, kind of like some tents or umbrellas have... just need to learn how to do it hahaha.

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