If ever there was a pairing of hardware and software that made sense for the vision-impaired, it would be the combination of the BlindSquare navigation app and an Aftershokz bone-conduction headset. BlindSquare "makes the world bigger" for travellers who are blind by providing options for travel and information about 60 million Points of Interest across the globe. AfterShokz, when paired with BlindSquare, provides the clear conveyance of information while supporting safety by keeping both ears open to the sounds of the world around. Voices, car horns, barking dogs – at different times, of great value. BlindSquare and AfterShokz together? A larger and safer world for travellers who are blind.
Enter for a chance to win one of 25 promo codes for BlindSquare. This iOS app usually sells for $29.99.
As an added bonus, AfterShokz has provided a 10% coupon code that is valid through the end of August. This code can be used on orders placed through the AfterShokz website for delivery to US or Canadian addresses. Simply enter the coupon code "AppleVis" at checkout to receive a 10% discount on your purchase. Shipping in North America is free. This code can be used by anybody.
BlindSquare makes you sense what's around you. The only thing you need to do is listen.
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?”
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:
- Get contact info (address, phone number)
- Open twitter feed or restaurant menu (if provided)
- Make a phone call
- Start tracking the place (BlindSquare will assist you by repeating the distance and the clock face direction)
- 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.
Bone conduction is a natural part of the hearing process—sound travels through our eardrums and bones simultaneously. We've taken the concept to the next level through development of a suite of proprietary audio technologies and design patents. The result: headphones that deliver unrivaled situational awareness and comfort.
Transducers guide mini vibrations through the cheekbones to the inner ears, delivering sound without plugging or covering them.
How to enter The BlindSquare/AfterShokz Giveaway
Simply send an email to [CLOSED] with "BlindSquare" in the subject line.
- Please make sure that you enter the requested subject line in your email. We have lots of giveaways this week, so cannot guarantee that your name will go into the draw to win this prize if you do not do this.
- The deadline for entries is 23:59 PST on Sunday, 2 August 2015. Entries received after this will not be entered into the draw.
- Winners will be selected at random and notified by email during the week commencing 3 August 2015.
- As always, our usual competition rules apply.