[Nfbnet-members-list] Convention and Blindsquare

Danielsen, Chris 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-device’s 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 
Store at 

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 
BlindSquare Event 
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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