TomTom and what A Blind per can do with it

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  • Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 07:37:21 -0700

Hello List!

Recently, my wife purchased a TomTom GPS System from Wallmart in thinking I 
could somehow use it with my notebook computer.  I have aToshiba notebook and 
HP Desktop, both running Vista; I have a home version of the TomTom GPS 
software.  I don't expect to carry the device around with me and use it on the 
fly, but is there anyway I can access the program via the PC.  The unit only 
has one button and a touch screen.  Once you get your data in, you can have 
directions and stuff spoken to you in great voices.  They say the software is 
strictly written in C/C++ and they even have a kit for customization of the 
Navigator software.  I was just wondering how this product can be adapted to 
the blind for directions and using the various features of the unit (maps and 
location lookups, etc.).  I know Trekker and other spcially adapted units are 
more adaptable to the blind, but their prices are way beyond my reach at this 
time.  The TomTom cost $148.00 total and you get it all at once.  

Does anyone know of any special software that could run the TomTom and make it 
accessible via a PC keyboard.  The unit has bluetooth technology available.  
What about a brialle keyboard or Stowaway keyboard being used with it to access 
the minues and stuff.  right now, it is strictly touch screen accessible.  You 
can, however, set up the unit and set some preferences through their home 
versin of the software, but as far as I can see, no blind friendly access is 
available.  My wife has so much fun just finding stuff and having directions 
readand so forth and so on.  I just want to be able to use the unit via my 
notebook or desktop and use the maps etc.

James Robinson ios alatenr 1

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