[CLOSED] AppleVis Birthday Giveaway: BlindSquare and AfterShokz

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

It's the week of the 5th Birthday of AppleVis, and to start off our celebrations we have a tremendous giveaway brought to us jointly by the great people at BlindSquare and AfterShokz.

If ever there was a pairing of hardware and software that made sense for the vision-impaired, it would be the combination of the BlindSquare navigation app and an Aftershokz bone-conduction headset. BlindSquare "makes the world bigger" for travellers who are blind by providing options for travel and information about 60 million Points of Interest across the globe. AfterShokz, when paired with BlindSquare, provides the clear conveyance of information while supporting safety by keeping both ears open to the sounds of the world around. Voices, car horns, barking dogs – at different times, of great value. BlindSquare and AfterShokz together? A larger and safer world for travellers who are blind.

The prize

Enter for a chance to win one of 25 promo codes for BlindSquare. This iOS app usually sells for $29.99.

As an added bonus, AfterShokz has provided a 10% coupon code that is valid through the end of August. This code can be used on orders placed through the AfterShokz website for delivery to US or Canadian addresses. Simply enter the coupon code "AppleVis" at checkout to receive a 10% discount on your purchase. Shipping in North America is free. This code can be used by anybody.

About BlindSquare

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.

Visit the BlindSquare page on the App Store for more information

About AfterShokz

Bone conduction is a natural part of the hearing process—sound travels through our eardrums and bones simultaneously. We've taken the concept to the next level through development of a suite of proprietary audio technologies and design patents. The result: headphones that deliver unrivaled situational awareness and comfort.

Transducers guide mini vibrations through the cheekbones to the inner ears, delivering sound without plugging or covering them.

Visit the AfterShokz website for more information on the technology and their range of bone conduction headsets

How to enter The BlindSquare/AfterShokz Giveaway

Simply send an email to [CLOSED] with "BlindSquare" in the subject line.

Important notes

  1. Please make sure that you enter the requested subject line in your email. We have lots of giveaways this week, so cannot guarantee that your name will go into the draw to win this prize if you do not do this.
  2. The deadline for entries is 23:59 PST on Sunday, 2 August 2015. Entries received after this will not be entered into the draw.
  3. Winners will be selected at random and notified by email during the week commencing 3 August 2015.
  4. As always, our usual competition rules apply.



Submitted by Kyle on Monday, July 27, 2015

do we have to send the email with the email registered with our account here? i'm assuming thats a yes. i just entered with an email that isn't linked to my account here. will that still count?

Submitted by AppleVis on Monday, July 27, 2015

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

You do not need to use the email address that is linked with your AppleVis account.

In fact, you do not need to be registered to enter. Of course, if you aren’t already registered, now might be a great time to correct that (smile)

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Monday, July 27, 2015

Quick question. You put the promo code for the after shocks headset in to the blog body. If one wants to, may one use the promo code for the aftershocks? Or does one have to enter the give away in order to use the code? Sorry if this does not make sense. I'm half asleep here.

Happy Sunday

Submitted by falcon wings on Monday, July 27, 2015

The applevis birthday week has started off with a boom, quite exciting, all this is. looking forward to all the surprises, so I am.
Its not just the anticipation of winning these awesome prises but what's in the box factor that has me looking forward with excitement to the hole week.

Its really awesome of the blindsquared developers to provide so many promo codes and I'd like to express my thanks to applevis for putting all this together in the firstplace and to the developers like the blindsquare developers that made it all possible with their generous contributions.
seriously, 25 is really surprising and beyond the relms of awesomeness :p
So yeah,thanks applevis and blindsquare devs. just entered myself for the giveaway and will try and do so for all the upcoming events too


Submitted by splyt on Monday, July 27, 2015

About the rules it says you can not enter in a context several times.
What exactly context meanzs?
I understand that context refers to each individual give away and not to entire group of give aways, so that one can send e-mails to try to win multiple prises but not more than 1 e-mail to try to win the same prise. Is this correct?

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Monday, July 27, 2015

Exactly. You cannot enter this giveaway more then once as far as I understand. someone correct me if I'm wrong.

Submitted by AppleVis on Monday, July 27, 2015

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team


You are correct. You can enter to win several different prizes, but you can only enter each individual giveaway one time.

Submitted by Robin on Sunday, August 2, 2015

This might be just what i need to get around without getting lost. Would be a nice B'day gift as it's my birthday this month too.