Nearby Explorer

Nearby Explorer

By American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Score: 4.5
4.5
From 13 Ratings

Description

Nearby Explorer is a full featured GPS app designed for use by people who are blind. Instead of just providing directions, it describes the environment in ways comparable to reading signage or observing road characteristics. It uses onboard maps, so a data connection is not required, but if you have one, Nearby Explorer supplements the on board map data with crowd collected locations from Foursquare or Google Places. It includes complete maps for the United States and Canada which contain millions of points of interest. The onboard maps are over 4GB in size, so be sure the device you plan to use has enough available space before purchasing. Nearby Explorer works with any device running iOS version 9 or later, but if the device does not contain its own GPS receiver, like most iPads and iPods, you must use an external GPS receiver. All iPhones contain GPS receivers. Nearby Explorer works by letting you select from several different location related options about what to announce as you move. These include both typical items like street name and address and specialized options like approaching streets, intersection configurations, and nearby places and the distance and direction to them. (All announcements are optional.) All of this information is shown on the home screen and is available at any time, but typical use is to adjust the level of announcements, then lock the screen and put the device away. This keeps both hands free and let's your preferred voice speak the characteristics of the environment as you move. You may also use the devices position and orientation to obtain additional targeted details such as pointing the end of the device to scan for businesses, even in a moving vehicle, or tilting it vertically to function as a compass, including a listing of streets in the indicated direction. This all works with the device locked, so one need not fuss with the touch screen while moving. You may even mark a point, then use the position of the device to get haptic feedback about that point's location. Nearby Explorer includes a transit feature that provides detailed mass transit schedules for over 60 metropolitan areas in the U. S. and Canada. It treats transit stops just like favorites and points of interest by announcing their name and relative position as you move, but in addition, transit stops add next vehicle stop time, direction of travel, and route name to the announcements. You can use the transit schedules to look up times or even follow a route. You may virtually move to any area in the U.S. or Canada and explore the road network, search, or use the transit maps for that area. For complete details about Nearby Explorer, see http://tech.aph.org/ne Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

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Reviews

  • Bob Richards

    5
    By bobr88
    This is the best app ever found
  • Review of the nearby explorer app from American printing House for the blind

    3
    By Kc7udh
    Hi there! I just wanted to say thank you for the nearby explorer app it is a godsend I use it the last couple of days and trust me! I could never be without that app this app provides Geo beam feature and compass feature although I don't use the Compass feature I'd leave that feature off but the Geo being feature I absolutely love you guys are great I hope there's more to come with the indoor navigation as well as outdoor navigation
  • Fantastic app

    5
    By Stormy412
    This app gives me more information than any other GPS app I have tried.
  • Good value for the money

    3
    By TallyChip
    But app has some oddities such as action menus with only one choice, which then must be used to take you to a secondary screen of controls. One of these secondary screens (for favorites) has a choice for adding a favorite, but it doesn't use the current position as expected, but uses the position which existed when you first entered the screen (which could be quite different from the expected current position). The user manual/guide is definitely on the minimal side, and there's no support except a community mailing list. and no published policy on when (if ever) customers will receive map updates. Maps require over 2gb of storage on the phone ... good if you lose your data connection or are pinching every penny used for your data plan ... bad if you'd like constantly updated maps (or indications of temporary blockages). Cleverly, the app does allow you to point with the phone in various positions to find out what's in the indicated direction. (Streets, points of interest, or a specifically "watched" location can each be determined by the way you hold the phone when pointing).
  • This app is fantastic

    5
    By Dale S. 1986
    Great work.
  • Just a few minor oddities

    4
    By Yanagram
    I was very eager to test this app, and over all, I really am impressed by it. However, the fact that the app needed to be open, on screen, and the screen could not be locked in order to download the Maps was a little annoying. Also… For some reason, the app places me on a lake in Kentucky instead of the actual city I am in. It has the state, county, and even ZIP Code correct… But not the city… Other than these few little oddities, I really enjoyed using the app today. I would have to say that it is one of the better… If not the best… GPS app out there for us.
  • This app is gonna beat the hell out of Seeing Eye GPS, and I'm loving it!!!

    5
    By wally walsh
    Great job APH on an awesome GPS solution. At last, we can take advantage of onboard maps without being tied to a server. This is something I feel every blind person needs.

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