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Dec 10, 2013 (3 years and 11 months ago)

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ACCESSIBLE GPS

Overview and Comparison:

from the iPhone to the PC

Presented by:

Mike May

Jerry
Kuns

Jamie
Murdy

Katie Gilmore




What is Accessibility?

“Accessibility for persons with vision
impairments is usually a matter of having
the right information at the right time.
Having information means having choices
and the ability to make the correct choice
the first time: it means not having to
engage in time
-
consuming deductive
reasoning from imprecise clues or
frequently having to ask for information or
assistance.”


Bentzen
, B.L. (1997), Environmental Accessibility. In
Blasch
, Weiner
and Welsh (Eds.),
Foundations of Orientation and Mobility, 2nd
Edition
. AFB: NY.

Advantages of GPS


Access to Location Information


Student can learn about their surroundings and
have access to “signage” that they miss out on.


The GPS often identifies a point of interest or a
street name that is something new (“I didn’t
know that exists”)


Student can “look around” to gather information
about the travel environment, including street
names, intersections, points of interest, city, etc.



GPS can help with mental mapping skills


GPS can be introduced with tactile maps
(example: T Maps or Chang Kit)


The GPS can help to confirm their position in
space.

Advantages of GPS


Introduces Important Concepts



Left and right concepts



Introduces Cardinal Directions



Clock face directions


Applies geography and social studies
core curriculum concepts


Environmental concepts including shapes
of intersections, direction of travel,
sidewalks, types of streets etc.

Advantages of GPS


Problem Solving Skills/ Safety




Allows students to determine distance
and direction to a destination



Confirms direction of travel


Gives students immediate access to
addresses and phone numbers in case
they are lost or need to call for help

Advantages of GPS


It’s Fun!

Photo: Geocaching in Vancouver, BC

www.geocaching.com

With
Accessible GPS
,
I am in control

After 10 years of accessible GPS, the question isn’t
should

I have GPS, but
which

GPS should I have.


Primary considerations when choosing a GPS system:



1. User Interface



Input


Braille, telephonic or QWERTY keyboard



Output


Speech and/or Braille


2. Price


3. Multifunctional


4. Portability

Accessible GPS Choices

Accessible GPS Choices


Sendero GPS based Products:


Sendero GPS for the BrailleNote Apex, PK, and
mPower


Sendero Maps for the PC


Sendero GPS LookAround for the iPhone and
Android


Sense Navigation for the Voice Sense and
Braille Sense


StreetTalk VIP for PacMate


Mobile Geo for Windows Mobile Devices


Other GPS Products:


Trekker Breeze Standalone by HumanWare


Current Technologies:

Sendero GPS


Hardware: BrailleNote,
VoiceNote or PK
(PDA made by
HumanWare)



Braille or QWERTY input


Speech and/or Braille
output


Multifunctional


$$$$


1.35 lbs.
-

1.8 lbs


612 g


812 g

Current Technologies:

Sendero Maps

Sendero Group: PC



QWERTY input


Speech and/or
Braille output


Multifunctional


$


Maps only no GPS


Current Technologies:

Sendero GPS LookAround

Sendero Group:
iPhone and Android


Announces the nearest
points of interest and your
current location


no routing
capabilities


Touch Screen


Speech Output


Multifunctional


$


0.29 lbs


133 g

Current Technologies:

Sendero SDK

Sendero SDK (Software Developers Kit)


Allows third party companies to take the
Sendero core GPS engine and customize it to
work on their machines, and tailor it to their
customers.


Three companies are already using the
Sendero SDK to create their own GPS
solution for Windows mobile devices,
including smart phones.

Current Technologies:

Sense Navigation

HIMS/GW Micro: Braille
and Voice Sense
(PDA)


Braille or QWERTY input


Speech and/or Braille


Multifunctional


$$$$


0.58 lbs.


2 lbs.


266 g


914 g

Current Technologies:

StreetTalk VIP

Freedom Scientific:
PacMate

(PDA)


Braille or QWERTY
input


Speech and/or
Braille


Multifunctional


$$$$


1.81 lbs


4.18 lbs


820 g


1,900 g

Current Technologies:

Mobile Geo

Code Factory: Windows
Mobile
-
based Smart
phones and Pocket
PCs



Telephonic or
QWERTY input


Speech output


Multifunctional


$$


0.30 lbs


0.50 lbs


140 g


250 g

Humanware:
Standalone


Few buttons


Speech output


GPS only


$$


1.1 lbs


499 g

Current Technologies:


Trekker Breeze

GPS@SenderoGroup.com

www.SenderoGroup.com

The future
looks bright
for accessible
navigation,
where ever
life takes you