It's summer and I'm doing a lot of picnics, camping and hiking. I need a GPS app that works in these situations that doesn't use maps.
What good you might ask is a GPS without maps? But actually a basic GPS for the sighted used to be map-free. Without maps, one can run in airplane mode or use the app when the internet is flaky. Without maps, there is no distraction of intersections or points of interest. Without maps, you mark your position and use the GPS to plot points on a grid, the screen. For example a hunter might mark his campsite, a fisherman where the best fishing spots were, and a climber where the easiest route up the mountain is.
A quick glance shows him he's for example marked three fishing spots that are each about four miles away in opposite directions, but two are close by just to the northeast.
My goals are more modest. I want to mark the restrooms at my local park. I want to mark my tent at a group campsite. I want to mark the picnic table where my friends are sitting. I want to mark all these things so I can easily find them when I return from a walk. And if I stop on the walk, I want to hear that my tent is 2 miles away due north, that the nearest restroom is half a mile off to the south and that my friends are only forty yards away to the west.
I can do this with BlindSquare, Ariadne, iMOVE, and other talking GPS apps. But I have to hear messages about intersections, or the lack of internet connectivity, or other distracting points of interest. For example, Blindsquare repeatedly tells me the local park in which I'm picnicking while I'm trying to locate our table. And it's hard or impossible to get guided back to the point I marked.
The ideal app would let me record an audio note for each location as well as a text label. I could then select a point and it would give me cardinal directions until I returned to that point. The app wouldn't care if it was in airplane mode but if I requested it could back up my points to the cloud. It would not need the internet to function.
Does such an app exist? Does anyone know a developer who would write such an app? Maybe an app like BlindSquare could revert to this state if no internet was available simply by turning on airplane mode.
There are similar apps to help sighted people when camping or to find their parked car, and these apps do work in airplane mode. But they visually guide the person with arrows rather than spoken directions.
What are your thoughts?