[access-uk] Re: GPS

  • From: "Ibrahim Gucukoglu" <ibrahim_gucukoglu@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:52:22 +0100

The Apple Bluetooth stack does not support the Serial Port Profile, this legacy profile was what was used by most of these receivers to communicate with your phone. As far as I know, there are very few receivers that do work with IOS devices, the only one I know of personally is the Bad Elf, though whether it works with iPhone's as they have their own GPS hardware or how good/effective it is I couldn't tell you.


All the best, Ibrahim.

-----Original Message----- From: Jackie Brown
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:17 PM
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: GPS

Hi Kevin

I think it is a Holox M1000 that I used to use with my Nokia phones in days
gone by, and occasionally with BrailleSense.

But if you use any GPS receiver, how do you point it towards the phone apps
so they recognise it instead of the built-in one?


Kind regards,

Jackie Brown
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-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Kevin Cussick
Sent: 30 July 2014 12:12
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: GPS

Hi,   what receiver do you have?  I just bought the bad elf one,   it
does not seem to have an on off switch and has the 30 pin connector
think I will have to send it back to Amazon.  I have a touch 5th gen
thanks for your help.
On 29/07/2014 12:05, Jackie Brown wrote:
Hi John

I do have an external receiver, I never thought of taking it, I will next
time.  You do have some swiping to do with Navigator, but not much if you
just let it talk away to you.  I certainly didn't think the BEM would be
as
good as it turned out to be, certainly a good buy to boost sound and leave
your hands and ears free!!


Kind regards,

Jackie Brown
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thebrownsplace@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of
john gallagher
Sent: 29 July 2014 11:39
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: GPS

hi jackie how very very well writen that was and so correct. as a power
gps
user you have really hit the nail on the head with what you have just
said.

i am very lucky i have the sendero gps on my braille device but for me the
gps on android is not yet an option for me. if only they could solve the
heavy battery drain in the navigator i would use it more. the tellorion
gps
has to come a very long way yet to catch up with the sendero product but
again remember sendero have been doing gps for the blind for years and
again
or streets ahead of anything else. shame you have not got an external gps
receiver to use with the iphone i think this would cut down on the battery
life. again though with a phone you should always carry the charger with
you
and again you only have too hands for all this stuff. not tried the wrist
band yet and wondered if it was worth using the only thing i can see is
safety with your phone in a top pocket it is not in your hand. that was
great though. thanks. for the info.

----- Original Message -----
From: Jackie Brown <jackieannbrown62@xxxxxxxxx>
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11.30 am
Subject: [access-uk] GPS



I promised some thoughts on various GPS apps when I returned from
Scotland
where I had an opportunity to travel about a little.

My own preference is for the RNIB Navigator app, followed by Trekker
Breeze.
I used the Navigator on my iPhone 5 paired with the much discussed BEM
wireless wrist band.

I used bus and train, and Navigator was pretty good.  I didn't put routes
in
for GPS to follow specifically, I simply opened the app and let it flow,
so
to speak.  I received a lot of information about my surroundings, and
found
it really useful on the train when it even announced the platform we were
on.  North of Perth, however, there was much less information available,
and
behaved much as it does where I live.  What I discovered was that when
GPRS
appeared on the status bar, I got next to no info.  But when 3G came up,
things were much much better.

The down side of Navigator is its hungry battery life.  If you go on a
journey of a couple of hours, then the Anker portable charger, which has
been discussed before, is really useful and frankly a necessity.

I am not a Blind Square person, it just didn't do it for me somehow.
While
it worked, I kept going back to Navigator for more route information.
Blind
Square was more for POI information to me.

I also didn't like Telorion GPS that much.  It knew where I was, and
perhaps
it would have been better if I had specified my start and destination
instructions.  But going in free mode, it just gave me postcodes and
street
names rather than saying what the numbers in a High Street were alluding
to.
I feel it needs quite a lot more work, but I am prepared to accept others
may disagree and maybe get more from it than I did.

I really like the BEM wireless wrist band, it gives more volume to the
iPhone without being intrusive, and is not uncomfortable to wear either.

Finally, if you have a Trekker Breeze, this is certainly useful though
bulky
and devoid of Bluetooth.  It gives a lot of "street with no name"
messages,
but it has a good battery life, and is largely straightforward to use.

These are just my own thoughts.

Kind regards,

Jackie Brown
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thebrownsplace@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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