Rotacaster, have launched the Omni-Sense, a new, innovative, white cane tip has entered the assistive technology market to provide an improved day-to-day ambulatory experience for users of white-canes familiar with constant-contact techniques, improving sensory feedback and durability.
Australian omni-wheel manufacturer Rotacaster are launching the product under the guise of their soon to be new brand, Omnia, and developed the OMNI-SENSE after Ian Edwards, The Blind Chef. Ian spoke with Tim Strube, Omnia Business Development manager, about issues he experienced with traditional ball tips, such as short-lived durability and lack of sensory awareness. By design, Omnia's omni-wheels, which provide fluid 360 degree movement, made perfect sense for a white cane tip, with the potential to offer freer drive and less resistance than conventional ball tips.
With the aid of Ian's frank and objective feedback, Omnia developed a white cane tip which makes different sounds on different surfaces and is principally moved across the ground, letting the user know exactly where they are at all times. The high-grade 100% polymer construction means it is hard wearing and won't corrode and can even be cleaned in the dishwasher.
Ian used the Omni-Sense on his recent appearance on Channel 10's 'The Living Room' and speaks highly of the new white-cane tips benefits:
"I found it has great sensory qualities. It has great auditory feedback. It is easy to use and if you're changing over from a standard cane it's perfect - there is no new learning. The Omni-sense is much more durable; the other type of tips wear out very easily, and this one is so hardy, it doesn't wear at all. It's definitely the one I will stick with, I wouldn't go back to the older cane tips. "