The Robotron Columbus is a hand-held compass with speech output.
The four major compass points North, South, East and West are spoken, as are the interim points North-East, North-West, South-East and South-West.
The user orients the compass in the required direction and queries the compass by pressing a button. The appropriate compass point is then spoken.
Almost any major world language is available, and new languages or personalized voices can be added. The current list of available languages is: Arabic, Czech, Danish, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Indonesian, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish.
The compass is battery-operated, using two generally available N-sized batteries.
It has a wrist-strap, which is designed to give the user instant access to the device while retaining freedom of hand movement.
There is a three-position switch along the side of the compass. The centre position is the "off" position; the other two positions correspond to the two languages installed in the Columbus.
The Columbus is a popular and reliable tool for people with vision impairment that can assist in orientation and mobility.
Dimensions: 100 x 50 x 30 mm (3.9 x 2 x 1.2 in)
Weight: 95 grams (3.4 oz)
Compass points: 4 Cardinal points, 4 Intercardinal points
Speech output: Digitized speech in two languages
Speaker: Ceramic, piezo-electric
Power: 2 x N-size batteries
Columbus costs approximately $150 from Robotron.
General enquiries: email@example.com
Phone: 03 9568 2568
Fax: 03 9568 1377
Address: 15 Stamford Road, Oakleigh Victoria 3166