Seeing Eye GPS: a Turn-by-Turn GPS application for the iPhone Developed Specifically for the Blind

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In this podcast, Michael Hansen gives us an in-depth walk-through of Seeing Eye GPS, a  fully accessible turn-by-turn GPS application for the iPhone which offers all the normal navigation features that you would see in a mainstream application plus features unique to blind users.

The features of this app include:
 
  • 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.
The Seeing Eye app is a free download from the iTunes App Store, but requires a subscription to use. These can be purchased within the app at a cost of $69.99 for 1 year or $129.99 for 3 years.

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