BlindSquare

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Description of App: 

BlindSquare makes you sense what's around you. The only thing you need to do is listen.

BlindSquare is a new solution that combines the latest technology to help the blind with their daily lives. It has been developed in collaboration with blind people and carefully field tested. You need either an iPhone or an iPad to get started. It also supports some additional accessories to enhance the experience.

How does it work?

BlindSquare uses GPS and the compass to locate you. It then gathers information about the surrounding environment from FourSquare. BlindSquare has some unique algorithms to decide what information is the most relevant and then speaks it to you with high quality speech synthesis.
“What's the most popular café within 200 meters radius? Where is the post office or the library?”

Using BlindSquare as a GPS solution:

When you start the app, it will start telling you the interesting places and street crossings around you. By changing the radius, you can limit the area you are interested in. You can also search by search term or by category. You can select an interesting place from the search results and perform the following tasks:

  1. Get contact info (address, phone number)
  2. Open twitter feed or restaurant menu (if provided)
  3. Make a phone call
  4. Start tracking the place (BlindSquare will assist you by repeating the distance and the clock face direction)
  5. Start your favourite navigator for turn-by-turn instructions (TomTom, Navigon or Apple Maps)

BlindSquare is aware of when you travel by car, bus or train and starts to report interesting places in front of you (for example, the next stops) and street crossings when you are passing them.

You can also save your own private places to iCloud so they will be found with your every device.

Using BlindSquare as a FourSquare client:

If you like to play FourSquare, you can do the following with BlindSquare:

  1. Get a list of nearby FourSquare venues
  2. When you are in a place, you can check in by shaking your device
  3. Do a check in with commenting and twitter/facebook sharing
  4. Correct the location of the place

BlindSquare supports the following languages: English, Finnish, Italian, Detusch, Dutch, Spanish and Swedish. VoiceOver usage is supported but it also includes higher quality additional speech synthesis by Acapela Text-To-Speech from Acapela Group.

Instructions in English: http://help.blindsquare.com

Application includes high quality speech synthesis thus size of the app is 200 MB. You need a wifi to download.

Please notice: This app get's data in realtime from FourSquare and Open Street Map database. Flat rate data plan is highly recommended.

BlindSquare auttaa näkövammaisia paikkojen löytämisessä

BlindSquare on sovellus, joka auttaa näkövammaisia uusien teknologioiden avulla. Se on kehitetty yhteistyössä sokeiden kanssa. Tarvitset sen käyttöön joko iPhonen tai iPadin. BlindSquare tukee myös lisälaitteita, joilla saadaan aikaan kädet vapaana toiminnallisuus.

Toiminta:
BlindSquare käyttää GPS:ää ja kompassia sinun paikallistamiseen. Se hakee lähistön paikkoja FourSquare-palvelusta ja kertoo niistä suosituimmat halutun säteen sisältä.

“Mikä on suosituin kahvila 200 metrin säteellä? Missä on posti? Missä on lähin kirjasto?”

Voit valita haluamasi kohteen, jolloin BlindSquare avustaa sinut sinne kertoen etäisyyden sekä suunnan.
Ravistamalla laitetta kuulet sijaintisi: Osoite, lähin risteys ja kompassisuunta. Voit myös merkitä omia paikkoja tai jakaa niitä FourSquare-kavereiden kanssa.

BlindSquare puhuu suomea, englantia, italiaa, saksaa, hollantia, espanjaa ja ruotsia. VoiceOver on tuettu, mutta varsinaiseen puheeseen käytetään Acapelan laadukkaista puhesynteesejä.

Ohjeet: http://ohjeet.blindsquare.com

Huom! Sovellus sisältää korkealaatuiset puhesynteesiäänet, joten sen koko on lähes 200 MB. Tarvitset wifi-verkon ladataksesi sovelluksen.

Version: 

2.23

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone 5/5c/5s

Accessibility Comments: 

This app is fully accessible with VoiceOver. All buttons and controls are clearly labelled, and once you have familiarized yourself with the interface it is fairly easy to navigate and use.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

There is nothing but good things to say about this app. This is hands down one of my most favorite navigation app to use. It offers so much for so little cost. Now that it works in conjunction with the FREE Google Maps. You really should try this out first before buying in to those other very expensive accessible GPS navigations.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@BlindSquareGPS