The 2013 convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Orlando has been registered with Blind Square Event, a free version of the popular Blind Square navigation app for iOS devices. We hope that it will help convention attendees navigate the convention area and its surroundings. More information about this app is below.
Chris Danielsen, Director of Public Relations
Federation of the Blind
BlindSquare Event is a free app that makes
use of the latest features available in smartphones to aid the blind and
visually impaired during special events held by blindness organizations.
BlindSquare Event is available for the iPhone and iPad in the App
When you are at an event that has been registered with the
developer of BlindSquare Event and BlindSquare Event has determined your
location using your iOS-device’s GPS capabilities, it will look up information
about your surroundings on Foursquare and Open Street Map. Employing unique
algorithms, it will then ascertain the information most useful to you and speak
it in a clear synthetic voice.
You can use BlindSquare Event for example
to find a café within a selected radius or to locate the nearest post office or
the library. Shake your device to hear your current address, as well as
information about the location of the nearest street intersection and venues
around you. Track your destination, so BlindSquare Event will periodically
announce the distance and direction while you are traveling. Simulate locations
to explore their surroundings before you visit them. If you use BlindSquare
Event to mark your position, it can help you to find this spot again later.
BlindSquare Event possesses filters you can set, so you only hear the
information you currently need. Have BlindSquare Event announce streets and
saved places only, so you do not get overwhelmed by more information than you
need. If you mark your saved places and Foursquare venues as Favorites,
BlindSquare Event will always notify you when you reach them. Since BlindSquare
Event saves your favorites and your places to iCloud, they get synched between
all of your iOS-devices, and you can use BlindSquare Event on all of
Although you will need VoiceOver to operate the app, BlindSquare
Event uses its own high quality Acapela voices in many different languages to
announce information about your environment. This means you will always hear all
of the information you need, even when you can't touch the screen of your
device, you lock the screen, or you use another app while BlindSquare Event is
running in the background.
BlindSquare Event will start working two days
before an event begins and will stop working two days after the event has ended.
Its use will be limited to a radius of 43 miles or 70 kilometers around the
location of the event.
You can download BlindSquare Event from the App
Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bs-event/id635707709?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
We recommend that you download and install BlindSquare Event while
you have access to a wifi network as the app is about 90 mb and when you launch
it for the first time, it will download an additional file to install its high
quality speech synthesizer. Since BlindSquare Event does not include offline
maps, you need an active internet connection while using it.
Event provides the same functionality as the paid version of BlindSquare as long
as it is used at the time and location of an event that has been registered with
the developer of BlindSquare and BlindSquare Event. Therefore you may listen to
this one-hour podcast about BlindSquare to learn more about how to use
BlindSquare Event http://www.applevis.com/sites/default/files/podcasts/AppleVisPodcast387.mp3_.mp3
or read the BlindSquare FAQ at http://www.blindsquare.com/faq/.
you have any questions about BlindSquare event, feel free to write to firstname.lastname@example.org or
Vehicle Donations Take the Blind
Further. Donate your car to the National Federation of the Blind today! For
more information, please visit www.carshelpingtheblind.org or
Christopher S. Danielsen, J.D.
Director of Public
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells
Baltimore, MD 21230
Office: (410) 659-9314, extension
Mobile: (410) 262-1281