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BlindSquare makes you sense what's around you. The only thing you need to do is listen.
BlindSquare is a new solution that combines the latest technology to help the blind with their daily lives. It has been developed in collaboration with blind people and carefully field tested. You need either an iPhone or an iPad to get started. It also supports some additional accessories to enhance the experience.
How does it work?
BlindSquare uses GPS and the compass to locate you. It then gathers information about the surrounding environment from FourSquare. BlindSquare has some unique algorithms to decide what information is the most relevant and then speaks it to you with high quality speech synthesis.
“What's the most popular café within 200 meters radius? Where is the post office or the library?”
Using BlindSquare as a GPS solution:
When you start the app, it will start telling you the interesting places and street crossings around you. By changing the radius, you can limit the area you are interested in. You can also search by search term or by category. You can select an interesting place from the search results and perform the following tasks:
1) Get contact info (address, phone number)
2) Open twitter feed or restaurant menu (if provided)
3) Make a phone call
4) Start tracking the place (BlindSquare will assist you by repeating the distance and the clock face direction)
5) Start your favourite navigator for turn-by-turn instructions (TomTom, Navigon or Apple Maps)
BlindSquare is aware of when you travel by car, bus or train and starts to report interesting places in front of you (for example, the next stops) and street crossings when you are passing them.
You can also save your own private places to iCloud so they will be found with your every device.
Using BlindSquare as a FourSquare client:
If you like to play FourSquare, you can do the following with BlindSquare:
1) Get a list of nearby FourSquare venues
2) When you are in a place, you can check in by shaking your device
3) Do a check in with commenting and twitter/facebook sharing
4) Correct the location of the place
BlindSquare supports the following languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Czech, Russian, Estonian, Polish, Arabic, Turkish, Portuguese, Japanese, Greek, Romanian, Croatian, Hungarian, Korean and Bulgarian.
VoiceOver usage is supported but it also includes higher quality additional speech synthesis by Acapela Text-To-Speech from Acapela Group.
Instructions in English: http://help.blindsquare.com/instructions and http://blindsquare.com/faq
Please note: This app retrieves data in real time from Foursquare and Open Street Map. Use of a flat rate data plan is highly recommended.
Having only been released in May 2012, BlindSquare has already received several prizes and awards:
- GSMA: Global Mobile Awards 2013, Best Mobile Health Product or Service
- Apps4Finland 2012
- OpenCities App Challenge 2012
- The Finnish Information Processing Association: Best Product 2012
Please note: To use BlindSquare, your iCloud account has to be active so BlindSquare can access it to save your settings and places.
Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
What's New in Version 3.41
NEW: the internal browser that opens when you open the website of a location from the Place Summary screen now has three buttons at the bottom of the screen: Back and Forward to go to the previous or next page and Safari to open the current page in Safari.
CHANGE: Open Street Map information has been updated. This should improve the user experience in areas where intersections were not announced reliably in the past.
CHANGE: When you perform a search, BlindSquare no longer filters out places. This should result in more matches. However, this filter is still active for automatic announcements to prevent announcement of garbage data from Foursquare. BlindSquare will only announce a place automatically if at least five different people have checked in there.
FIX: Importing places now works again under iOS 9.
The BlindSquare instructions under Other, Help have been updated.
First, the English documentation is poorly organized, and obviously poorly translated from something else. It's hard to use given this quality of documentation.
Next, the quality of the map data is rather poor; they use Open Street Map, but perhaps should have used freely available Google map data. There's no way to submit any map data corrections.
It's helpful, but hard to learn and hard to use.
I really enjoy using this app. It has enabled me to become more independent. I use this app simultaneously with Google maps for the turn by turn directions and it is very helpful. I prefer BlindSquare for the look around information compared to Seeing Eye GPS. If you can implement intersection analysis that would makeBlindSquare eveven better.
This app deserves all five stars.
I absolutely love this app. I would give it 10 stars if I could do so. This app helps me every day, and I want to see more continuous work being done to make it even better than it is now. Thank you for such a wonderful app.
- Category: Navigation
- Updated: Jan 30, 2016
- Version: 3.41
- Size: 41.5 MB
- Languages: English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
- Seller: MIPsoft
- © MIPsoft
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.