BlindSquare is a new solution that combines the latest technology to help the daily life of the blind. It has been developed together with blind people and carefully field tested. You need either an iPhone or iPad to get started. It also supports some additional accessories to make it even better.
BlindSquare fetches places from FourSquare service and reports most popular places inside selected radius. You will hear for example what is the most popular café within 200 meters radius and where is the post office or the library?
You can always shake the device and listen to information about your location: Address, nearest crossing, compass direction and the kind of services can be found from different directions.
You can also mark your private places or share information about places with your friends.
You need either an iPhone or iPad to get started. It also supports some additional accessories to make it even better.
You can find instruction for Fleksy keyboard from here.
When you start the app it fetches places in 300 meters (1000 feet) radius. It recognizes what is the most popular category (Arts & Entertainment, Food etc.) and then reads them out loud, sorted the most popular first. BlindSquare will read two places from each category.
The main screen has the following elements:
BlindSquare uses compass to get information about your orientation. For this reason place your iPhone in your pocket screen facing backwards. iPhone will dimm it’s screen automatically.
If you use iPad, place it to your backpack screen facing backwards. iPad will dimm screen after 10 minutes.
When you are traveling with fast moving vehicle (bus, metro etc.) BlindSquare uses GPS to get your direction.
With Bone Conduction headphones you can hear BlindSquare instructions and still leave your ears open. You can find such headphones from Amazon:
Amazon EU: http://boneconduction.blindsquare.com/
Amazon US: http://boneconduction-us.blindsquare.com/
The best way to use BlindSquare is to put your iPad into a backpack. You can control it with the iControlPad, a game controller with Bluetooth connectivity,
Web Store: http://www.icontrolpad.com/order/
iControlPad Instructions: http://icontrolpad-en.blindsquare.com