[access-uk] Re: Loadstone GPS - free accessible GPS navigation for your mobile

Hi Damon,

I haven't tested Loadstone outside yet, but its more automated speech would
make it more accessible than Wayfinder.  It speaks to you automatically
beyond turn left, turn right, etc, where Wayfinder does not.  That is not to
say that Wayfinder does not give you the information, but you have to ask
for it.

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-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Damon
Sent: 22 July 2006 15:06
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Loadstone GPS - free accessible GPS navigation for
your mobile

lots of talk around this which is really interesting.

Steve, and others who have tried, can you explain why Loadstone GPS might be
more usable than Wayfinder, for instance?

...Damon

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Nutt" <steve@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, July 22, 2006 3:44 AM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Loadstone GPS - free accessible GPS navigation for
your mobile


> Hi Monty,
>
> But you could do both, that's my point.  You could allow people to 
> have it free, as it stands now, but also allow them to buy maps, which 
> could then be imported into Loadstone.  If this were the case, it 
> would truly be useful.
> Free is not always beautiful, but accessibility is.  So some of us 
> would not mind paying for maps to power what looks like an excellent 
> little utility.
> So consider the idea of licencing maps for people to be able to buy 
> them and enable them to import them into Loadstone, that's all I ask.  
> While it is free only, it will never be as good as the real thing.
>
> All the best
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
> Behalf Of Monty Lilburn
> Sent: 17 July 2006 14:05
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Loadstone GPS - free accessible GPS 
> navigation for your mobile
>
> Hi Steve,
>
>
> Loadstone does not come with any preprogrammed maps.  You basically 
> have to create  your own points and essentially construct your own 
> map.  This is because licensing map data is very expensive and we want 
> to keep this free so everyone who might find it useful can use it 
> regardless of financial status.  Fortunately several countries are 
> starting to offer their street map data to the public domain so as we 
> get our hands on this information we can  use it.  Unfortunately the 
> UK government - who we pay through our taxes to survey our streets and 
> create maps feel it necessary to charge us for the info.  I know quite 
> a few people are lobbying for a change so hopefully that will happen 
> soon.
>
> We also have created what we call the PointShare Exchange whereby 
> people who have point information (regardless of what GPS software 
> they use) can upload their points and download points too.  So, the 
> more people who use it the better it becomes for everyone.
>
> We do have quite a few points for the UK already and I have more still 
> to upload so in terms of points, the UK is in third place behind 
> Canada and the US.
>
> But in terms of usefulness, it is very portable, and very useful when 
> out and about walking or in moving vehicles.  Once you've created a 
> point you can always find it in the future.  The program itself is 
> improving every day and we do try and encorperate user suggestions 
> into the software as well.
>
> Having said that, it isn't for everyone.  Wayfinder and the the other 
> GPS solutions may be much more suitable for people.  We're not trying 
> to compete, just offer one more choice to the mix and hopefully 
> improve everyone's independence without breaking the bank!
>
> Best regards,
>   Monty
>
>
> On Sat, 15 Jul 2006, Steve Dryden wrote:
>
>> Hi Monty,
>>
>> This looks really good.  Not so sure on all it's features yetl.  Will 
>> take
> a good look at the site butt briefly, how does it compare to something 
> like wayfinder?  Are all the POI's identified only if you program 
> them, or are there any pre done from maps?
>>
>> Best regards.
>>
>> Steve
>>
>>  ----- Original Message -----
>>  From: Monty Lilburn
>>  To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>  Sent: Saturday, July 15, 2006 12:28 AM
>>  Subject: [access-uk] Loadstone GPS - free accessible GPS navigation 
>> for your mobile
>>
>>
>>  Hello all,
>>
>>  I just wanted to let everyone know about a new free GPS navigation 
>> application called Loadstone GPS.  It works on mobile phones and is 
>> compatible with the various screen readers such as Talks and Mobile 
>> Speak.
>>
>>  To find out more information, visit:
>>
>>  http://www.loadstone-gps.com
>>
>>  Admittedly it may not be suitable for everyone but it's worth 
>> checking out  if you are interested in having accessible GPS 
>> navigation that works on  your mobile phone.
>>
>>  There is a mailing list set up for Loadstone GPS  specific 
>> discussion as  well as general GPS navigation discussion.  More info 
>> on the web site.
>>
>>  Best regards,
>>     Monty
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