Whatever you're looking for, you'll be able to find it. On the bus it will advise you when you're approaching your stop. This also works on the train, finding your way around anywhere and what you want when you're there is, as they say, childs play. He proved it to us. 'Hawkeye' fancies one!
The equipment is specialised and probably comes with a hefty price tag, but like anything, if you're going to get good use out of the item in question and enjoyed using it, you'd say it was money well spent and probably find it would would pay for itself over and over.
Not all went well and so now I'll be talking about the downside, which is a shame that there had to be a downside in my opinion.
The initial intention was to produce a vlog of the day - a documentary style - which would've been posted on Newport City Radio's youtube channel and Newport City Homes' website, as part of our disability and support networks useful contacts pages, as useful information.
All of the people we videoed throughout our visit, were asked if we could record what we saw and no one objected. One woman asked that we didn't show her on film, but she didn't object to us using her voice talking us through the equipment on that stand.
'Hawkeye and I took a break about halfway through our walk around. It soon became clear what the event was intended for. We sat talking to various people who obviously didn't want to lighten up.
After a while, a question was launched like an Asraam or Sidewinder Missile. "When are you coming to the Newport Club?" 'Hawkeye replied politely as the question was clearly aimed at him, "I'll have to see as I am involved in a couple of things." The response we recieved replied, "oh yes you're everywhere." This didn't surprise either of us as we've seen this kind of behaviour before.
When we tried to explain ourselves further, they were obviously not interested as they insisted on ignoring us and not including us within the conversation. 'Hawkeye' and I have been there, done that with things like this in the past and neither of us have the best memories of the event. We never really felt comfortable spending too much time with other people like ourselves, or those who claim they're helping us.
Having put a nice cup of tea and a cookie away, we moved onto the last of the pieces we filmed. On completion, we were approached by the event co-ordinator who was the only person to object to us filming the event, treating us like naughty children. Behaviour we've experienced quite often. We'll be covering this in a future article.
Bare in mind it was a public building - free admission - so anyone could have gone in there. No signs were displayed anywhere saying no photography, so you'd think there wouldn't be a problem with us filming. How wrong were we!
The event co-ordinator - who shall remain nameless - said that "you didn't file a disclaimer," then she went on to say, "I will be scrounging the internet and if I see any of this on there, I will have the site shut down." It sounded like a threat to me.
Our intent was honest enough to promote the event and share what we saw with others, maybe reaching the places they couldn't or didn't manage to get to. She did obviously didn't see the potential of our visit as so often, people tell you nothing.
Part of us wanted to plough on through as we only had two more stalls to go, but neither of us could settle. So we collected our kit and left. We have therefore decided that we will not be covering another Sight Expo for the forseeable future. Treatment like this will only serve to drive people away.
Our findings will be shared with our very own disability and support network. No doubt they'll be shocked and saddened, but what can we do. We've tried.
So for now at least, I'm 'Dangerous' Debbie with 'Hawkeye' Harris, on the pen blogging off.
See you soon.