BlindSquare is pioneering accessible navigation both indoors and outdoors. Know where you are, know where you're going, travel with confidence.
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?”
You can control BlindSquare also through voice commands. The Voice Command feature is a premium service requiring purchase of credits for continuous use. Voice Command Credits are available as an in-app purchase on the App Store.
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.
The applications BlindSquare was published
in the category Navigation on 2012-05-22 and
was developed by MIPsoft.
The file size is 96.48 MB.
The current version is 4.57 and works well on
6.0 and high ios versions.
Changes to indoor navigation
I'm not sure what the point is to paying $39.99 for an app which no customer support exists. The app is difficult to navigate and prompts many questions. I contacted the developers prior to purchase and received NO RESPONSE. I then tried contacting them via Twitter and received NO RESPONSE despite the fact they were active on Twitter. Lack of response and non-existent customer service service is pretty useless, unprofessional and frustrating.
I purchased this application about a year ago. This app is wonderful in terms of navigation. However, this app does not provide navigation like other GPS such as Apple Maps. Though it is extremely helpful navigation
cI. use this app for off-road hiking and tracking my fitness walking statistics. I can find single tree in the woods after marking it in my places.This is a very good tool for any blind person who wishes to go off-road. It is a great value compared to other accessible navigation apps.
This app is very user-friendly if your blind and it's very affordable. I would recommend it for anyone.
I love this app! Really helps me feel that I know where I am traveling. Makes me very aware of my surroundings.
This app is fantastic. I'm a blind college freshman, and blind square helps me navigate the campus. My independent traveling has become much more reliable. lol
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.
Thanks to this app; I no longer rely on others to tell me what's around me. I found more restaurants to eat at and businesses to shop at. Love it! Well worth $30
Great app. Keep it up.
This app is trying to be a better version of around meGPS, and my way However, it is doing none of them really well. This app reads to you in a non-voiceover voice locations nearby. It does a good job of using the foursquare database to find locations that are near you. However, the filtering, targeting, and other features are hard to get at. Especially, when the app is reading to you. Also, it's integration with voiceover is poor. The volumes of voices can be different, they can be reading at the same time, and other problems come up. In short, the app is hard to use, uses an unnecessary voice, and is not doing what is been designed to do. We should wait and see what happens next but this is not worth $12 right now
User interface is very straightforward. Looking forward to next version and added features. A bit pricey for what it appears to do as of now