Nearby Explorer Online


Description of App: 

Nearby Explorer Online is a free indoor and outdoor location app designed for use by people who are blind. It works much like the full featured Nearby
Explorer app, but it does not include NAVTEQ onboard maps.
For outdoor use, a network connection is required. Indoors, it uses Bluetooth with supported beacons, so no data connection is needed.

Nearby Explorer Online does not provide directions to places or information about nearby intersections or include onboard maps. For these features and
more, see Nearby Explorer.
Nearby Explorer Online works with any device running iOS version 9 or later, but if the device does not contain its own GPS receiver, like most iPads and
iPods, you must use an external GPS receiver outdoors. All iPhones contain GPS receivers.
The app works by letting you select from several different location related options about what to announce as you move. These include typical items like
street name, address, and nearby places as well as the distance and direction to them. (All announcements are optional.) All of this information is shown
on the home screen and is available at any time, but typical use is to adjust the level of announcements, then lock the screen and put the device away.
This keeps both hands free and lets your preferred voice speak the characteristics of the environment as you move.
You may also use the devices position and orientation to obtain additional targeted details such as pointing the end of the device to scan for points of
interest or tilting it vertically to function as a compass. This all works with the device locked, so one need not fuss with the touch screen while moving.
You may even mark a point, then use the position of the device to get haptic feedback about that point's location.

Nearby Explorer Online includes a transit feature that provides detailed mass transit schedules for over 60 metropolitan areas in the U. S. and Canada.
It treats transit stops just like favorites and points of interest by announcing their name and relative position as you move, but in addition, transit
stops add next vehicle stop time, direction of travel, and route name to the announcements. You can use the transit schedules to look up times or even
follow a route.
You may virtually move to any area and search, or use the transit maps for that area.
For complete details about Nearby Explorer Online, see

Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

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Accessibility Comments: 

This is awesome feels like the normal Nearby app!

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.