More specifically: He needs a planner Braille to text conversion Text to Braille conversion Speech synthesis Connection to the internet Listen to music whilst working Large amount of Braille cells for easy reading How does it meet his needs? The BrailleNote PK features an advanced daily planner. The word processing application has perfect Braille to text and text to Braille conversion that completely meets the needs of Mr Glassey. As this is an audio based device the speech synthesis is second to none allowing Mr Glassey to easily understand and use his PDA.
The BrailleNote PK supports wireless and Ethernet connections making it easy to connect to the internet anywhere. The media player built in to the PDAs allows him to listen to music whilst performing other tasks. The BrailleNote PK features 18 Braille cells, this does fulfil his needs but there is other PDA of the same size with more that would allow him to read information faster. Evaluation This produced effectively meets all Mr Glasseys, needs though he would benefit from more Braille cells as this would allow him to use a PDA more efficiently.
The BrailleNote PK is a well thought out PDA for the blind and was built with the needs and wants of the blind close at heart. The BrailleNote PK, compared to other devices on the market, stands out above the rest as the best all rounder offering something for everyone. If Mr Glassey wants an alterative device he could use the BRAILLEX EL Braille Assistant, which offer all, and more, features than the BrailleNote PK and has up to have 32 Braille cells; which would fulfill his need for many Braille cells better than the BrailleNote PK. Personal at Work Data Capture
How it works This is the UltraCane, an electronic white stick. It allows the blind to build a mental image of their surrounding, anticipate obstacles and manoeuvre around them. This device fulfils all the functions of a traditional cane but with 2 major additional features, it uses ultrasonic echoes to locate head height obstacles and it relays all information through vibrating buttons, with altering intensity dependant on the proximity of obstacles. These features allow the blind to feel safe when making journeys, no matter how small.
The specially designed cane section and the ultrasonic echo allows the user to build a spatial map of the surroundings, this is very easy to do because humans do it automatically, blind or otherwise. This design was tried and tested putting the needs of the blind at the core of the design. The cane has a range of settings, with sensors able to detect objects at a short or long distance. The device can be customized by altering the height of the cane ranging from 105cm to 150cm (other heights can be specially ordered at no extra cost); it also comes with 3 different cane tips, Pencil, roller ball or large roller ball.
It also has a comfortable, contoured handle to minimise the risk of Repetitive Strain Injury, even people suffering from arthritis can use the UltraCane. The cane is lightweight with meticulously tested height/weight distribution. The UltraCane can be easily collapsed for storage and reassembles for use. If the user should travel in the rain the cane is splash proof. The UltraCane can be used near computer and other electronic devices without disrupting their operation. The batteries in the device last, on average up to a week. How does he use it?
Mr Glassey uses this device to travel to and from work and uses it in the working place to avoid injury to him or others. He uses it for about an hour a day and relies on it to move safely and confidently around his environment. Why does he use it? The UltraCane is the best Cane on the market; no other device comes close to its practicality and functionality. The reason Mr Glassey uses this device is because its the best, the ultra sound echo system allows him to build up a 3D image of his surroundings; something a traditional normal white cane cannot do. What are his needs?
Mr Glassey needs a device that allows him to get from A to B safely and confidently. To do this he needs: A device to tell him what is immediately in front of him A device to tell him what he is approachin A device to tell him if the obstacle is left, right or above him. How does it meet his needs? The UltraCane has a cane, like traditional white canes, that is used to detect objects immediately in front and two ultrasonic senders and receivers which are linked to two vibrating buttons that tell Mr Glassey where objects are in relation to him. All these features on the UltraCane fulfil all his needs.
Evaluation This is a most effective product for Mr Glassey; it allows him to move around in a sight orientated civilization in safety and with confidence, something which is difficult to achieve. The only alternative that could give Mr Glassey the same level of manoeuvrability and confidences is a guide dog. Guide dogs are far superior to the UltraCane because they react to circumstances as well the environment. But looking at practical limitation the UltraCane is the best device for Mr Glassey. Legislation and its Impact on the Disabled Health and Safety at the Work Place Act (1974).
This act was passed in 1974. It was designed to protect employees in the work place, giving them rights to compensation when the laws protecting them are broken. The act states that all practical steps and training should be taken to insure the safety and well being of the staff. Mr Glassey is greatly affected by this act; he is protected by the same sections that protect us, for example employers are obliged to maintain and provide safe machinery additional to this he is protected under the clauses which states that provision should be made for, pregnant, disabled and illiterate workers.
Mr Glassey is protected against negligent and irresponsible employers, for example an employer would have to ensure his safety at work whilst allowing him to fulfil his job description and work efficiently. Some steps that an employer might have to take; wires and cables can not run over the floor, his chair would not roll, dangerous equipment would have a sound alert on it and flooring would be non-slip and rounded edge furniture. Mr Glassey also has the right to sue his employer if they dont make sensible provision for his disability.
To abide by the law Mr Glassey must follow and use the guide lines, safety measures, special equipment and training that his employer provides; if he does not do this protection the act offers against injury at work will be void. Mr Glassey must also follow the rules set out in the act, for example placing objects/furniture in places that meets regulations and making sure that his working environment is safe for him and others. Health and Safety Regulations Act (1992) These regulations are designed to protect employees in the work place, giving them rights to compensation when the laws protecting them are broken.
This act ensures employers create safe computer work stations for their employees. Mr Glasseys job involves working at a computer for a whole working day; this act insures that his employer will provide him with safe and functional computing equipment to fulfil his is job description. Mr Glasseys knows that his work station will have the correct equipment and if it should not meet the minimum requirements of the act and Mr Glassey should be injured at a work station covered by the act he can take legal action.
The act protects Mr Glassey from negligent and irresponsible employers, poorly maintained work stations and injury caused by awkward working conditions. To abide by the law Mr Glassey must follow the guidelines laid down by his employer; if the guidelines meet all the requirements of the act and Mr Glassey chooses not to follow and he is injured he can not take legal action. If Mr Glassey employed someone he would also have to create safe working environments for his staff to abide by the law.