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iOS App Options for the Community

Many students and consumers have been enjoying the information provided from TapTapSee, an app that allows a user to take a photograph with their phone and receive back a description of what was photographed when they have VoiceOver running on their phone. This might be taking a picture of a can of soup at the grocery store to determine whether it is Tomato or Chicken Noodle, a photo of a shoe to know if it is black or brown, or even a picture of the sky to hear if it is clear blue or cloudy. The challenge for many folks recently is that the company has found they must now switch to a pay-for-use model rather than the previously free access. The new fees are 100 Picture Pack for $7.99 or a Month of Unlimited Pictures for $9.99. The fee for use is set to begin after the user takes 20...
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Can an iPod be used with GPS and other apps that are handy for O&M instruction?

Often the question will come up about using an iPod touch or iPad with GPS; this post is intended to give at least a start to answering the question. The iPod and the iPad have different answers to the question though. If you have had a full night's sleep and or a fresh cup of coffee and are feeling ready to wade into the details, here we go...  The iPod touch and the iPad with WI-FI only do come with a digital compass app and when connected to a WI-FI network can determine your location. When they do not have internet access, they cannot use location information but the internal sensor will allow the compass to work.  Here is the description from Apple's iPod Touch product page: "For iPod touch with Maps, the Maps application provides your approximate location using information based on your proximity to known WI-FI networks (when on...
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Michigan Severity Scales

The Michigan Severity Scales have recently been updated to include the ability to edit the file on an iPad or computer rather than having to print the PDF or annotate it with another program.  The Adobe Reader program shows the field areas to be filled in and the document/program will then automatically add the values entered for the total score.  You can save the edited version with a specific student's information and make updates to the file at a later time if needed. The updated files for Orientation and Mobility Scales can be found at: OMSRS Information and Guidelines [PDF] OMSRS+ Information and Guidelines [PDF]
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Google Maps for iOS

It's Back, and It's Better: Google Maps has returned as a standalone app to the iOS.  The app now longer needs to be saved as a Web page icon to the device's home screen and can be downloaded directly from the Apple iOS App Store.  The new app from Google does not include route options for bicycles, but in addition to the default vehicle list mode for directions, it also includes public transportation and pedestrian mode.  The displayed route for the starting and ending points you enter will display results that are accessible via VoiceOver and for public transportation can even include the number and location of bus stops along the provided route so travelers will know what stops to be aware of as they near their destination if they choose to exit early, etc. So if you were previously utilizing this app when it was "built in" to the previous...
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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...
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