[Nfbnet-members-list] Free Information Service for convention attendees

Wunder, Gary gwunder at nfb.org
Fri Jun 12 07:58:04 UTC 2015

MIPsoft, makers of the most-used iOS based GPS, 
way finding and Augmented Reality application 
BlindSquare is making the free version, named 
BlindSquare Event, available from July 1-7 in the 
geography of Orlando.   This will support 
registrants for the NFB National Convention and 
visitors in an area large enough to include Walt 
Disney World.  There is an opportunity to 
purchase the full application but no obligation to do so.

Information from the Apple Store follows:

This is the free Event Edition of BlindSquare, provided by MIPsoft and Acapela.

BlindSquare Event Edition will only work at the 
time and location of different events of special 
interest to the blind community. If you select 
the demo mode, the app will simulate a location 
for you. It will behave as if you were at the 
simulated location and you will be able to try many of its features.

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 place 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, 
Russian, Japanese, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, 
Czech, Estonian and Hungarian. VoiceOver usage is 
supported but it also includes higher quality 
additional speech synthesis by Acapela Text-To-Speech from Acapela Group.

Instructions in English: 
and <http://blindsquare.com/faq>http://blindsquare.com/faq

Application includes high quality speech 
synthesis thus size of the app is 90 MB. You need a wifi to download.

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