Well, since sadly Soundscape is being discontinued, it is time to find a better gps option. I know it will still work until June, but I would rather just find something that works now, and not have to transition later.
I’ve downloaded two apps, Lazarillo and Seeing Eye GPS. In this small town where I live, I can’t say that either one is 100% accurate, but then again gps has never been something you can use to get within a few, as in under 10, feet of your destination, turn, etc. Example, today when using Seeing Eye, it told me I was 65 feet away from my turn, when in reality it was like 10 feet tops. What I do like about Seeing Eye is that updates are frequent. I tend to doubt myself a lot when it comes to mobility, so having that more frequent feedback is a big help, so I know I haven’t screwed up to bad yet. Lol
As far as Lazarillo, it wasn’t giving me much in the way of updates at all. I’m just going around the block with my dog to get some exercise so since my final destination is the same as my start, it doesn’t make much sense to do a route in either app. But I do really depend on those intersections being announced, since in this small town, there really aren’t any sidewalks, so you have to walk in the street. And some crossings are really nicely defined, and others you would never know you just crossed a street where you should have turned, and it can become incredibly easy to miss a turn. So you’re a good half a block from where you wanted to be before you ever even know you messed up with Lazarillo, at least here in this small town.Between my dog, and halfway decent directions or at least indications I manage pretty well. But, I did have some not so fun experiences today, as I did miss a turn two of the three times we went out walking, and I should note that happened with Lazarillo. I managed to figure it out, didn’t become roadkill in the process, so that’s a plus, but the more frequent updates from seeing eye helped out a bit on the third time we went out, even if they were off a bit. I at least made my turn that time.
I would really like to be able to use Lazarillo, to avoid the subscription with Seeing Eye, but it wasn’t giving me the best updates. Is there any way to change the frequency of the updates in Lazarillo? Any other settings I should change? Also, when I locked the phone, Lazarillo got even quieter. Does that app not work when the phone is locked?
If I have to pay the money to use Seeing eye, I will, but want to be absolutely sure the free options won’t meet my needs first.
There is also BlindSquare, which is a $39 one time purchase. Have any of you used it? How is it with precision and frequency of updates as you walk along a street?
My o&M skills aren’t the best, but I am really trying to work on that. Also, self training my dog to be a guide dog. Yes, self trained is legal and legit, and while we both have a way to go, with my dog I do at least have the confidence to get out there and do this, where I never felt that confident with a cane, and I’ve been a cane user my whole life. My problem has never been a lack of cane skills, but rather the orientation, and like I said before, I do tend to doubt myself a lot. But I’m really trying to work on that, and with the dog, I do have a sense of freedom I never had with the cane before. Just being able to put on my dog’s harness and get out there and go has been so awesome, rewarding and motivating. I also know that both the dog and the handler can have off days. That’s just part of life. But over all, I’m happy with the progress I am making and am just looking for the right tools that will work the best for me.
I really appreciate the feedback from everyone in this community. Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions.