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The BlindSight units are 3D imaging transmitters specifically designed to be used by dogs and horses. They improve the quality of life and provide a return of confidence. Originally designed as an appliance for blind Service Dogs, the BlindSight units are designed for extreme reliability, a 10+ year service life and are patent pending. If you want to know more about what the BlindSight units are and how they work see the video "BlindSight, What is it and how does it work" in the next column. You can also download a brochure below!
Download our latest brochure here. This is the same brochure available in some veterinarians offices.
December 5, 2017 THE FIRST FEW BLINDSIGHT-TINYS HAVE BEEN SHIPPED! We shipped the initial stock and we are building Tinys. We have also decided to give everyone a 10% until midnight, December 31, 2017. You'll have to give as a call at 540-808-0640. We are starting two new studies, one is for a new device for deaf dogs and the other is (SURPRISE!!) a navigational device for domestic cats that is NOT a "worn" device! Volunteers selected will get to keep the equipment. See next article.
November 10, 2017 THE NEW BLINDSIGHT-TINY HAS BEEN RELEASED! Quantities will be limited for a couple weeks while we try to build up stock! We have changed the way we handle harness/vest "fit"! For the Tiny we give you back a harness shopping allowance of $20. We show you the kind of harnesses that work and let you get one that fits well. You send it to us and we mount the device. That way you are guaranteed a good fit. Trying to guess what will fit from measurements and pictures did not work well for dogs under 25 pounds, and especially for dogs under 12 pounds. Pathfinder will likely be "fit" the same way!
September 19, 2017 A new study has started at the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine testing the efficacy of the BlindSight 3D imaging SONAR technology and current models of BlindSight units. All of us involved are PUMPED! This is an independent study initiated by a university resident. They contacted us for the equipment and it looked like they might not be able to swing the equipment. We told them our little company could never pay to have a study done, but if they were going to do one we would provide all the equipment. We transported the necessary units and accessories to the school this past weekend. On Saturday morning we got to witness part of the beginning of the trials. If you want to see this study we will have the study here and downloadabl as a file in a few months when it is completed!
With a very heavy heart I must announce that Jordy, the Service Dog that is our company's namesake has passed. He tried to work until the very last.
May 23, 2017 We have decided what comes after Pathfinder and Tiny! Our next project will be a SONAR unit for civil, police and military use...and..by sighted dogs! This is actually an imaging package designed for "tunnel rats". That is, it is for dogs whose duties take them into areas dark enough their enhanced sight does no good. This is primarily for urban and other rescue and "engineering" dogs.
March 13, 2017 For those waiting with dogs with hearing impediments the Pathfinder project is back on track! The Pathfinder is a new SONAR proximity alarm that vibrates to warn of obstacles in front of a dog. The closer the object, the more it vibrates! Even dogs with some cognitive impairment will be able to benefit from the Pathfinder.
February 1, 2017 New Standard Harnesses for BlindSights'
We have used various harnesses to mount the BlindSight equipment. Although the BlindSight-B and S2 models can use most good harnesses, the BlindSight Charlie needs to stay more or less in the middle of the dog's back. Most aren't made to carry equipment. After learning which harnesses our users choose themselves we have settled on the Kurgo Tru-Fit Smart Harness. We have tried the Kurgo with ALL dog models and it works great with all of them. We still stock the Gooby Freedom II for those that request it for the smaller sizes. New harness videos are being shot and will appear soon. In the meantime we are posting some Kurgo videos on fitting, etc., to our "SUPPORT/FAQs AND VIDEOS" area.
October 30, 2016 Back from Scotland! I spent quite a bit of time talking with Stewart Henderson about product and marketing in the UK and EU. Stewart's late dog Charlie is pictured above and was one of our best research animals. If we had a prize for most video submitted Stewart would have won it easily! Stewart provided us with some of the best observations we had in late development. Charlie was also the first dog in our research group outside the USA.
Extended news and other features are available on the INVENTORS PAGE AND NEWS A lot of news and other info of interest to the blind dog and horse communities will be added there, as well as links to other items of interest...NO ADS! To any and all...Scotland was stunning!
August 21, 2016 We have cleaned up and simplified parts of the sight that had gotten messy. A new "BlindSight Selector" page set is now ready and "on". This feature allows users to follow a simple chart to select the right model for their dog!
August 9, 2016 There is a new video available detailing 3 new updates for the BlindSight-Charlie and they are FREE!
Go to the "SUPPORT/FAQS and VIDEOS" tab and see the first video!
June 10, 2016 There have been some power outages the last few days. Phone contact has been spotty. If you couldn't get a hold of us please call back!
June 10, 2016 If you are ordering from outside the USA or Canada PLEASE fill out a contact form. Paypal has been failing to notify us on foreign orders. We have notified Paypal and this should be resolved shortly!
May 11, 2016 We lowered our prices, now we improve the web site. We have decided that some information is too difficult to find here so we are reorganizing and changing our web site. If you check in often expect some rough edges the next few weeks! We are going to give each BlindSight unit type it's own page where you will be able to find everything that goes with that unit including, support links, hints, tips and accessories.
February 26, 2016 After looking at how we did for our first 9 months we have decided to lower BlindSight prices! We simply did not expect the kind of response we got from the public. It turns out our forecasts for the first year were very conservative. The new regular retail prices are these; BlindSight-Charlie and BlindSight-S2 - $416.00, BlindSight-B - $520.00, BlindSight-E for horses - $680.
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The whole BlindSight® project was conceived of as a way to extend the service life of Service Dogs that had become blinded by attacks, fights, hereditary conditions and diseases like SARDS. Jordy got SARDS when he was around 2-3 years old and spent most of his life in the dark.
The design life of the unit should have it lasting the entire life of most dogs. There is another reason the unit must be extremely rugged. Once a blind dog adapts to the unit it would be inhumane to take it away.
In testing, dogs started to use the units in under 3 hours. By 3 weeks they had fully adapted and no longer ran into walls, door frames or other objects. Observing their movements, by 3 months it was difficult to believe they were blind.
Please visit the horse rescue organizations that have and are contributing so much to BlindSight development.
Crosswinds Equine Rescue, Sidell IL
Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue, Hardee VA
White Bird Appaloosa Horse Rescue,
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The BlindSight-B, BlindSight-S2 and both versions of the BlindSight-Charlie units are specialized "SONAR" emitters that produce a sound that may be used by a dog to navigate in much the same way as a dolphin or bat. The sound produced by the BlindSight-B, BlindSight-S2 and BlindSight-Charlie units for dogs is well outside of the human hearing range. In tests the units remained on 24 hours a day with no apparent problems with a dog's sleep or relaxation. Jordy has been sleeping with his on since early 2012. BlindSight units use inexpensive, commonly available disposable batteries. The latest BlindSight-B uses a completely sealed transducer.
All BlindSight units are designed for a 10+ year service life and are "patent pending". Spares for parts that might easily be lost are included. Obviously no concessions were made to "looks", but simple functionality and extreme ruggedness define the basic designs. The BlindSight-E for horses was introduced in August, 2015.
For many years the common belief has been that dogs do not echo-locate. I think we've got the wrong question there. I don't think it's "Do canines echo-locate?", rather I think the question should be "Can canines echo-locate?". Paul Propst, Inventor
"Dogs are unbelievably adaptable. Some stuff is hard wired...BUT, the rest is plastic as hell. I'm pretty sure that If a dog can hear an ultrasonic dog whistle we can make him "see" with his ears. Paul Propst, Inventor
For additional equipment for disabled dogs and for the Muffin Halo
go to http://www.muffinshalo.com
We highly recommend their Halo device for blind dogs. Even dogs equipped with a BlindSight® device can be fooled by very close objects and hazards.
Visors are a good idea for both blind dogs and horses. A blind animal may quite easily damage it's face, remaining eye tissue and eye sockets. Keep 'em safe!!
The Optivisor from Australia seems to be as good as exists. The trainers I talk to say it's the best, so I think it probably is!