By Joshua A. Miele, 10 July, 2012
iOS and iPadOS
Dear Friends: I am a blind iOS user living in California and I have just released my first iOS app. Simulated Sighted Stranger is a hilarious app that includes a rich library of audio clips simulating the things that blind people have heard a million times as we make our way through life. Classics like "you're going the wrong way," and "watch yourself," are randomly selected from a constantly growing library of sounds with just a shake of your iPhone or a tap of the button. Please feel free to e-mail me your contributions for possible inclusion! This app is intended to crack us up, but also offers educational possibilities. Orientation and mobility instructors can use it to discuss possible ways of responding to well-meaning, but uninformed, strangers. Disability awareness trainers can use it to stimulate discussion about why these comments are unhelpful. And of course, blind people can use it to laugh about the funny stuff sighted people say (bless their hearts)! Part of the satire of this app is also to poke a little good-natured fun at some of the other wayfinding apps currently being sold. Simulated Sighted Stranger has the unique power of being 100% unreliable -- I don't think any other wayfinding apps can claim this! An added joke is that Apple originally rejected Simulated Sighted Stranger because they were afraid it might be offensive to blind people. I was able to convince them that, while not all blind people think it is as funny as I do, it is relatively inoffensive. Of course, there may be one or two thin-skinned sighted folks around, but this app is intended to be good-natured fun, and shouldn't hurt anybody's feelings. Please check it out and spread the word! http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/simulated-sighted-stranger/id534953723?mt=8&ls=1
App pulled from app store
Not available in the US store yet
How did you create/write this
Accessible iOS Development Tools
Simulated Sightted Stranger Availability Update
how much will it be?
programming on the Mac
What I've heard
I agree. I can understand
I agree. I can understand why Apple would not want such an app in the store, as some could view its content as defamitory. I would personally find the app to be amusing, but there are plenty of people who won't and I honestly don't think I could blame them.
Not Offensive to Me
Hi Josh and all. First off, I think I remember seeing your name on the discussion list for the ACB's Audio Description Project. I need to re-subscribe to that list. Getting back on topic though, I don't own an i-device but I think this app would be loads of fun and hope it can be ported to the Mac sometime. That is, if Apple ever puts it back in the App Store. I, too, can see where this might be a great educational tool. BTW, this coming from someone whose independent outdoor travel skills are currently lacking. That said though, I have been prayed for when on walks and had these kind of well-intended but misinformed comments thrown at me.
From what I've read...
From what I can tell from the comments, I wouldn't see this app as being offensive. Hell, I make jokes like that all the time and my family and friends always, always get a good laugh out of it. They even joke with me about it as well.
Interested in this myself
I don't think there's a single person here who would be offended, after all we're all blind so we understand the pitfalls of this disability and somehow, we just manage to get by! smiles I hope the app can be re-instated, but given Apple's weirdness with app submitions, I don't know if we'll ever see this. Hell of an idea, though. might be good after a particularly frustrating day of dealing with the silly sighted folks around. :)
This is indeed an interesting discussion. As a researcher in the United Kingdom who's area of study is the history of disablism, Apple's views concerning this app and its possible sensitive nature (if it is why it has been pulled) is worth discussing. Some years ago I wrote a paper on the 1992 film 'Scent of a Woman' by Universal Pictures which featured Al Pacino as a blind ex-army soldier and his antics in New York. I have not seen this app but from the description here, the film told a similar story about how blind people are treated and the perceptions of sighted people to us. This film was seen as a milestone in what blind people experience in everyday life and I'm sure if Universal Pictures were celebrated for the tackling of a sensitive subject all those years ago, I'm sure Apple will not experience any adverse comments now we are in the 21st Century? I'd certainly love the opportunity to use this app and my sighted friends and family would indeed find it funny.
I was just going to click the
I was just going to click the link and saw that it was gone. It's sad.