[Nfbnet-members-list] Convention and Blindsquare
CDanielsen at nfb.org
Fri Jun 28 16:55:39 UTC 2013
The 2013 convention of the National Federation of
the Blind in Orlando has been registered with
Blind Square Event, a free version of the popular
Blind Square navigation app for iOS devices. We
hope that it will help convention attendees
navigate the convention area and its
surroundings. More information about this app is below.
Chris Danielsen, Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
BlindSquare Event is a free app that makes use of
the latest features available in smartphones to
aid the blind and visually impaired during
special events held by blindness organizations.
BlindSquare Event is available for the iPhone and iPad in the App Store.
When you are at an event that has been registered
with the developer of BlindSquare Event and
BlindSquare Event has determined your location
using your iOS-devices GPS capabilities, it will
look up information about your surroundings on
Foursquare and Open Street Map. Employing unique
algorithms, it will then ascertain the
information most useful to you and speak it in a clear synthetic voice.
You can use BlindSquare Event for example to find
a café within a selected radius or to locate the
nearest post office or the library. Shake your
device to hear your current address, as well as
information about the location of the nearest
street intersection and venues around you. Track
your destination, so BlindSquare Event will
periodically announce the distance and direction
while you are traveling. Simulate locations to
explore their surroundings before you visit them.
If you use BlindSquare Event to mark your
position, it can help you to find this spot again
later. BlindSquare Event possesses filters you
can set, so you only hear the information you
currently need. Have BlindSquare Event announce
streets and saved places only, so you do not get
overwhelmed by more information than you need. If
you mark your saved places and Foursquare venues
as Favorites, BlindSquare Event will always
notify you when you reach them. Since BlindSquare
Event saves your favorites and your places to
iCloud, they get synched between all of your
iOS-devices, and you can use BlindSquare Event on all of them.
Although you will need VoiceOver to operate the
app, BlindSquare Event uses its own high quality
Acapela voices in many different languages to
announce information about your environment. This
means you will always hear all of the information
you need, even when you can't touch the screen of
your device, you lock the screen, or you use
another app while BlindSquare Event is running in the background.
BlindSquare Event will start working two days
before an event begins and will stop working two
days after the event has ended. Its use will be
limited to a radius of 43 miles or 70 kilometers
around the location of the event.
You can download BlindSquare Event from the App
We recommend that you download and install
BlindSquare Event while you have access to a wifi
network as the app is about 90 mb and when you
launch it for the first time, it will download an
additional file to install its high quality
speech synthesizer. Since BlindSquare Event does
not include offline maps, you need an active
internet connection while using it.
BlindSquare Event provides the same functionality
as the paid version of BlindSquare as long as it
is used at the time and location of an event that
has been registered with the developer of
BlindSquare and BlindSquare Event. Therefore you
may listen to this one-hour podcast about
BlindSquare to learn more about how to use
or read the BlindSquare FAQ at
If you have any questions about BlindSquare
event, feel free to write to
<mailto:support at blindsquare.com>support at blindsquare.com
or tweet @BlindSquareGPS.
Vehicle Donations Take the Blind Further. Donate
your car to the National Federation of the Blind
today! For more information, please visit
or call 1-855-659-9314
Christopher S. Danielsen, J.D.
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Office: (410) 659-9314, extension 2330
Mobile: (410) 262-1281
E-mail: <mailto:cdanielsen at nfb.org>cdanielsen at nfb.org
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