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iPhone Apps for Orientation and Mobility

Here are some of the apps that I have found useful on my iPhone; they all have a price rather than free (with the exception of VisionSim), though they all have been quite helpful.

Ariadne:  This is a GPS app that is meant to provide information that a traveler using vision would receive from their travel environment, such as addresses, cross streets, etc.  It does not provide turn by turn directions, though you can set favorites and track them with distance and destination to your favorite.  It also has a map that you can touch on screen and reads the street name below your finger.

Navigon:  A traditional GPS app that speaks street names, has points of interest, etc.  The beauty of this app is that you can select the route profile and choose pedestrian mode with voice announcements.  It is one of the more expensive apps I have purchased so you may want to watch it for any sales they may offer; it was about $24.99 when I purchased it.

Sendero GPS:  This app provides a "where am I" description, your nearest cross street, and nearest five points of interest; it also has a compass and other tools for finding points of interest in categories.

TextGrabber:  An app that takes a picture of text and then reads the text through speech output.  It does very well with printed text, though I have not been able to do as well with handwritten words or styled fonts.

LookTel Recognizer:  This app can identify barcodes and then tell you what item you have.  I believe it has much greater ability than I have used it for though at a minimum it helps to tell one type of soup can from another in a store.

LookTel Money Reader:  Great app for determining the denomination of a bill when at a store or for organizing your bills in your wallet at home.

VisionAssist:  This app is like having a CCTV in your pocket, complete with options for zoom, contrast, reverse polarity, freeze frame, etc.

VisionSim:  From the Braille Institute; this app provides a visual simulation of some eye conditions that can help family, friends, etc. to understand what/how a person with a visual impairment sees their environment.  This is the only free app listed in this group.

There are many more helpful apps to consider, these are just a few that I have found very helpful.  One Web site to monitor for new information is ApplevisThis site covers iOS apps and information specifically for users with visual impairments; on occasion they also offer promotional codes to test drive certain apps and let participants provide feedback to others via their comment area.

Contributed by Chris Tabb, TSBVI O&M specialist
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