From the Lonely Planet Accessible Travel Guide: BlindSquare is an iOS GPS app developed for the blind and visually impaired, which is used together with VoiceOver. It describes the environment, announces points of interest and street intersections, and interfaces with other GPS apps such as Foursquare and Open Street Map. Most BlindSquare functions can be accessed through an audio menu via any headset or speaker that supports Apple’s music controller, which means you don’t find the right buttons on your phone. There are some really useful features: not only can you find popular eateries or other points of interest nearby, you can also shake your device to hear your current address, as well as information about the location of the nearest street intersection and venues around you. You can track your destination, with BlindSquare periodically announcing the distance and direction, and mark your position so you can find it again later. You can set favourites, which are saved to iCloud and then can be accessed from all your devices. BlindSquare is available in English,Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Czech, Russian, Estonian, Polish, Arabic, Turkish, Portuguese, Japanese, Greek, Romanian, Croatian and Hungarian. From the Blindsquare website: It describes the environment, announces points of interest and street intersections as you travel. In conjunction with free, third-party navigation apps it is a powerful solution providing most of the information blind and visually impaired people need to travel independently. Your safety is our highest priority. If you are blind or visually impaired, BlindSquare is your safe, reliable, and accessible GPS-solution. BlindSquare is available for iPhone and iPad. BlindSquare supports Braille displays so people who are deafblind can use it, too. To use BlindSquare with your Braille display, open the Tools menu and double-tap Braille Display to open a screen containing all of the spoken text. While this screen is active, BlindSquare will not use the Acapela or iOS speech synthesizer, but will send all announcements to this screen so you can read it using VoiceOver and your Braille display.
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