BlindSquare – Navigation für Blinde und Sehbehinderte

BlindSquare sagt dem Benutzer, was sich in seiner unmittelbaren Umgebung befindet. Neben zahlreichen Navigations- und Orientierungstools für blinde und sehbehinderte Menschen bietet BlindSquare auch eine Anbindung an das soziale ortsgebundene Netzwerk FourSquare.

BlindSquare ist voll VoiceOver-kompatibel und bietet selbst zusätzlich eine Sprachausgabe für die eigenen Funktionen.

Hier findest Du die offizielle deutsche Übersetzung des BlindSquare Handbuches

BlindSquare VoiceOver Tipps und Tricks

Für die Verwendung von BlindSquare gibt es Zubehör dessen Einsatz sich lohnt.
Zum einen handelt es sich um ein Bluetooth-Gamepad zur schnurlosen Steuerung, wehrend sich das iPhone in der Tasche befindet. Des weiteren ist der Einsatz von normalen Kopfhörern für sehgeschädigte Menschen im Straßenverkehr nicht zu empfehlen. Hier lohnt sich der Einsatz eines Knochenleit-Kopfhörers, bei welchem die Ohren frei bleiben und der Ton über den Wangenknochen geleitet wird.

Weiteres erfahren Sie auf der englischsprachigen Seite des Herstellers dieser App:

Die Positionsbestimmung funktioniert am besten auf dem iPhone und iPad mit einem Mobilfunk-Modul (Cellular bzw. 3G oder 4G), da diese über einen GPS-Empfänger verfügen. Die reinen WLAN-Geräte bieten eine bedeutend ungenauere Positionserkennung. Die iOS-Geräte, die ein GPS-Modul und GSM-Modul haben, bieten den aGPS-Standard, welcher somit durch die Kombination aus GPS, der Positionen der Mobilfunk-Masten sowie der katalogisierten WLAN-Netze eine hohe Genauigkeit bieten.

BlindSquare akquiriert zusammen mit dem aGPS-Standard und dem Kompass genaue Positionsinformationen und verwertet diese in Zusammenarbeit mit FourSquare.

FourSquare ist ein soziales Netzwerk dessen Schwerpunkt auf Navigation und Teilen von Orten spezialisiert ist. Es liefert somit auch die zahlreichen Positionsinformationen nahgelegener Orte. So erfährt man viele Informationen über ein ständig wachsendes Netzwerk. Ist man auf der Suche nach einem guten Restaurant oder Café erfährt man nicht nur dessen Position, sondern auch eine Wertung dank der aktiven FourSquare-Nutzer.

Weitere Informationen

Allgemeine Informationen zur App BlindSquare

Die folgenden Informationen entsprechen den Angaben des Herstellers im App Store

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: and

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.

Release Notes:

In version 4.50 we bring new features for your fun and travels.

1. What3Words (w3w), is a really simple way to talk about locations. The organization has divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigned each one a unique 3 word address. 57,000,000,000,000, 3 m squares, it's own three word address! With these 3 words, connected by periods, anyone can accurately find any location and share it more quickly, easily and with less ambiguity than any other means.

For sighted persons the service can be used via the free mobile app or online map. The 3 word combination can be shared verbally, or in all digital means as 3 pure words or the same 3 words embedded in a link for ease-of-use for the recipient. Image, being able to call for a taxi or uber car and to easily identify that you will be standing under a canopy, because it's raining. Imagine being able to share your exact location with a sighted or blind friend before you meet for dinner. Imagine, being on a hiking trail and wanting to share this favorite location as a future meeting place. Easy. With this release of BlindSquare you can establish, in an instant, the 3.word.location using the Voice Command "What 3 words". Your 3 word location will be read aloud! If you move outside of your current 3x3m grid, a new request will deliver a new precise 3 word combination for your new location. Simple. You can also access this and more features by accessing Tools, GPS info and "Share my location" where the new button for What 3 Words will both read your location, copy it to clipboard for downstream use or share it in all the familiar ways such as email, sms and more. Try it, it's exciting! You can learn more by following this link:

2. In this release you will also find that we killed a few annoying bugs, correcting some street announcement problems in some areas, where wrong street name were read, and killed a bug related to importing GPX format - now corrected.

3. We continue to bring new standards for delivering information, illuminating the information darkness when travelling indoors. We are fast approaching over 300 buildings serviced with BlindSquare, providing seamless support when traveling from outdoors to indoors and back again. New features added to support the use of BlindSquare Dynamic QR's, unlocking detailed descriptions for "what's beyond the door" with ease. Expanding options for city and campus deployments of BlindSquare CLS (Customized Location Services) providing public-facing descriptions of objects and locations that don't exist in conventional mapping.

There is more coming, lead by YOUR feedback and suggestions and those of the caring organizations that we're fortunate to work with.

We welcome you to join the BlindSquare community list serve for support, feedback and the benefits of connecting with others sharing the benefits of BlindSquare.

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App Details:

  • Version 4.52
  • Released on May 22, 2012
  • File Size: 90 MB

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2 thoughts to “BlindSquare – Navigation für Blinde und Sehbehinderte”

    1. Ich weiß es nicht. Man hört immer mal wieder, dass es in Planung ist. Aber ob und weshalb es noch nicht der Fall ist? Keine Ahnung.

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