Guide Dogs Australia, the leading providers of orientation and mobility services for people who are blind or visually impaired in Australia, and Sendero Group, the pioneers of accessible GPS, have collaborated to add new features to the app called Guide Dogs NSW ACT. Almost 20 years of user feedback and feature requests are behind the design of all Sendero GPS products. Guide Dogs NSW ACT is a fully accessible turn-by-turn GPS iPhone app with all the normal navigation features plus features unique to blind users.
Unique to Guide Dogs NSW ACT
• 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 various choices for POI data (Google Places and Foursquare) or record your own.
• 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.
• Ability to run in the background or with the screen locked for iOS 7. If you are running an older version of iOS 6 only the sound effects will play and the phone will vibrate at turns and at your destination but no speech output. Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
Requires: Compatible with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad 2 WiFi + 3G, iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. iOS 9.0 or later.
The Guide Dogs NSW ACT app uses VoiceOver feature for audio voice output and does not contain its own voice synthesizer.
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Added a new source of POIs, OpenStreetMaps POIs.
Changed the "beacons" button to "indoor" to reflect the variety of indoor wayfinding support available.
Offering Loud Steps and Ningo for indoor wayfinding in buildings where location positioning is available.
Loud Steps is a WiFi based indoor wayfinding system, which allows for turn-by-turn directions. Available building are San Francisco Lighthouse, Envision (Wichita), Chicago Lighthouse, Merchandise Mart and 1871 Chicago in Chicago, National Federation of the Blind (Baltimore), and other international locations. Stay tuned for more buildings as they are added.
Ningo is an open source beacon database consisting of thousands of beacons. When you load Ningo for the first time, you will see a list of all the available beacons in your vicinity. Don't worry if your list is blank for now. We are regularly adding to it and have an online interface to make it easy for anyone to add more beacons. See https://ningo-api.herokuapp.com/ for information on how to become a contributor. The Ningo database includes the OSM indoor beacons. You can create a "getting warmer" route to any of the beacons listed.
Updated Ningo and Loud Steps SDK.
Ratings and Reviews
I use this app at least a few times per week, and wouldn’t be without it.
Great app but needs watch support
I really love using this app to get around. It has gotten me back on track a few times when I've been lost and when I'm traveling to new (or even not so new) places it's cool to hear what shops and the like are around. I would love to see an Apple Watch app included to complement this app so I can use my watch to navigate my surroundings without having to take out my phone. When I have a cane or my guide dog in one hand and a shopping bags or suitcase in the other it makes it harder to juggle my phone as well. With headphones (soon to get bone conduction so I can hear my surroundings better at the same time) and maps on my watch I can navigate my environment well. I prefer the better descriptions your app gives over regular map apps. It'd be an awesome combination to have the guide dogs app work on my Apple watch (series 2 with gps) linked to bone conduction headphones so I could seamlessly navigate my environment with one hand free for carrying stuff like a sighted person can!
Subscription just stopped
I really liked this product but it now ask for subscription even though I have around 3 months remaining.
The developer link doesn't list this app.
Unless this is addressed will be seeking refund from iTunes."
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- 90.4 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- English, French, German, Hebrew, Serbian, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
- © 2015 Sendero Group LLC
- In-App Purchases
- Guide Dogs NSW/ACT 1-Year Subscription $14.99
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.