So every now and then I watch an episode of one of the CSI television series, There are a few series now and they are all full of magic things. Methods of research that are so new that nobody ever heard about, and research that takes only 10% of the time that it takes in real life. ;-)
In this (old?) episode of CSI Miami I saw this magic GPS device: a speaking GPS for the blind. And like more often I was sceptical, but decided to do a search for that device. It did exist! I did find that Trekker Braille GPS! I could not believe my eyes. Great!
I think I know something, but not everything. The device was already introduced in 2005 when I read Engadget. I am confused by the brand name, type and maker, because the device has so many names.
- Real-time information: Announces streets, intersections, addresses and stores as you come to them.
- On/offline Map Browsing: Virtually tour an area before visiting it.
- Route planning and recording: Create your own itinerary.
- Flexible level of vocal information.
- Vocal Point of Interest creation: Allows you to create your own point of interest.
- Access to GPS status information
- Motorized mode: Use Trekker in a moving vehicle.
- Route mode: Trekker creates an itinerary based on an entered address.
- Free mode: Receive and enter information away from street networks
- Tactile keyboard: For easy data entry and instant function access.
I will do my best to get my hands on one to tell you something more about it.
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