Seeing Eye GPS
Description of App
- Instead of multiple layers of menus, the three important navigation elements are on the lower portion of every screen: Route, POIs and Location.
- At intersections, the cross street and its orientation are announced
- Intersections are described (e.g. four-way) with the clock face orientation of the streets.
- There are three choices for POI data (Navteq, Foursquare, and OSM).
- Directions are configured appropriately for Pedestrian and Vehicle routes, including heads-up announcements for approaching turns, turn now, continue straight and upcoming turns.
- If one wanders off the route, it's automatically recalculated and updated turn information is announced.
- Point your phone in a given direction to hear what is nearby with the LookAround Wand.
- Nearby Points of interest and intersections are automatically announced.
Free or Paid
Apple Watch Support
Device(s) App Was Tested On
This app works great!!!
I am extremely happy with the app, and while the price is slightly high, it's much cheaper than stand alone GPS solutions for the blind, and I couldn't be happier!
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2 people have recommended this app
Michael asked whether there are other apps in the App Store that allow a limited time free trial. For subscription-based apps, there is always the option of offering a service that works for a fixed period, but which you extend through in-app purchase. For example, with MotionX GPS Drive, the $0.99 app price gives you access to 1 month of voice assisted navigation from the time you start to use the app. You can extend the subscription through in-app purchase at any time - either by choosing the $2.99 monthly rate, or the $9.99 yearly rate. There were also other examples, such as a music app for "Top 100s by Year by Bing" (and other variants like "Classical 100 by Bing" , "Pop 100 by Bing", etc.) that would let you stream music selections for 60 days, and then decide to pay for continued listening from the server for either $0.99 or $1.99, depending on the specific app you got. I can think of other examples, but the MotionX GPS Drive model is probably most a propos for this instance. Note that the active trial period doesn't have to be as long as a month. The Sendero Group could let people purchase the app for a trial period of 2 weeks, and charge for that -- maybe $5.99 or so, which would not be out of line with the yearly subscription price. Even if they choose not to offer a monthly in-app subscription rate, this would still probably get them some users who would not otherwise be prepared to pay $70 for 1 year.
I also bit the bullet and subscribed to this app. I was able to test this out, and did enjoy the detailed description of intersection layout. However, now I am receiving warning that I cannot connect to the server, and timeouts when I try to reenter my subscription login and password. This was a reasonably well done first effort. I'd like some additional filtering options. The POI information does not seem as robust as I get from BlindSquare, even when I select the same data source, but I've always found that to be a weak point for the LookAround app, too. This is a more impressive effort than the Sendero LookAround app, even given the difference in inteneded scooe and cost of the the two apps. By the way, I tried to fire up the LookAround app, and couldn't get a response from the servers. I'd worry about this less if I could restart the Seeing Eye app now (even after deleting and reinstalling.) In the meantime, I 've gone back to using BlindSquare, which is a very impressive app at this stage, but more mature. I agree with AnonyMouse's comments in the recent AppleVis Extra podcast that the features of BlindSquare are under appreciated or recognized. Here's hoping the Seeing Eye GPS app reaches similar maturity, because I do like the added features of intersection announcement and description, and the accuracy of the app. I just wish it would work for me right now.
Has anyone tried this out on an iPad with 3G? The extra battery life might be an asset here.