For some time now I’ve been wanting a Trekker, a GPS system designed specifically for visually impaired people, but at £1500 or thereabouts, it is beyond my budget.
It now looks as though I’ll be able to borrow one from time to time which is great news.
However, I was horrified to learn that the technology used to make up the Trekker is probably two to three years old. The GPS receiver is only locking on to around 8 satellites, whereas most modern ones now are seeing around 20. The PDA is also in the region of three years old.
So, we, as blind people, are being asked to pay way over the odds for an equivalent of a GPS system which a sighted person could pay a couple of hundred quid for over the counter. Par for the course sadly, but knowing that it doesn’t even come with the latest that technology has to offer is galling to say the least.
What really annoys me is that most blind people who are buying this kit, won’t have any idea that it could actually consist of better components, and will buy it and accept it, shortcomings and all, because they believe that they are buying the best that money can offer.
I don’t know how some of these access tech developers sleep soundly in their beds at night.