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GPS (Software)

GPS (Global Positioning System) software enables those who are blind or visually impaired to navigate to a desired street address or destination. Unlike GPS hardware, these software packages will generally run on a variety of devices rather than a single device. Depending on the software, directions may be provided through speech, text, or braille. Additional features may include information on points of interest, altitude, speed, and exact GPS coordinates.

4 Products in Category

Product Table

Product NameProduct DescriptionDistributor ContactImage/Multimedia Available?
BrailleNote GPSGPS system that runs on the BrailleNote and VoiceNote personal digital assistants. Allows user to automatically create routes for either walking or riding in a vehicle; understand street layout before traveling to a new city, using the "virtual explore" mode; generate detailed information about speed, direction, and your altitude; and calculate the distance and direction to a street address or intersection. Order BrailleNote GPS from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Mobile GeoA GPS program that runs on mobile phones. You can pinpoint your location, learn about the points of interest (POIs) in your immediate vicinity, plan a route between specified points of origin and destination, and get instructions on maneuvers to make as well as information about waypoints along a route that you are following. Requires Mobile Speak screen reader.
StreetTalkAdds speech and braille accessibility to the Destinator 3 GPS application for Pocket PCs. Maps available on Destinator CDs cover the U.S.A., Canada, Western Europe, and Australia and includes categorized points of interest. Users may have StreetTalk create a travel route by entering a city or postal code or choose a destination from the list of points of interest, a list of their favorites, or from their contact list. Directions may be reviewed while traveling and access to a broad range of information is provided in speech and braille.
Way Finder AccessGPS software used with a cell phone and a GPS receiver. Interface lets users explore unfamiliar areas as well as identify, select and navigate to points of interest using pre-recorded prompts and a screen reader. Allows users to save favorite destinations; select passenger car, taxi or pedestrian routes; and always find out where they are with the "Where am I?" feature. Also provides information such as street crossings, points of interest and favorites within a vicinity, as well as speed, altitude and coordinates.

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