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Friday, October 19, 2012

 

hello from the NFB state conference in Los Angeles



Things are pleasantly busy at the NFB State Conference exhibits this year. Lots of interest of course in when our Seeing Eye GPS iPhone app is coming out.
I have given some folks a sneak peak.

Our neighbors on one side are Sweetman Systems and on the other side is Audio Eyes, a video description business.


Saturday, October 06, 2012

 

GPS treasure hunt today in Davis



Michael May, right, CEO of Sendero Group, and William Jeffries of Roseville reach the a statue at Fourth and G streets Saturday morning on a scavenger hunt in downtown Davis. Image copyright Davis Enterprise.We had a blast today exploring down town Davis California and nearby nature areas using accessible GPS. Eleven year-old Nicky said his highlight was finding things faster than his teacher. William was a natural from the outset. He has an Apex but never knew about the GPS until today. He was navigating without help by the end of the day. It was fun for me to hear the students discussing the facts they learned about the plants from the audio files associated with each of the plaques in the Arboretum.
This story, Showing the Way, was featured in the local Sunday newspaper, the Davis Enterprise.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

 

Richmond Civil War exhibits



On Monday evening, after our GPS tours with the O&M instructors, we hooked up with some guide dog instructors in search of Civil War history exhibits.

Mike and Lukas Frank reading the Civil War quotes
Just south of our hotel on 5th Street, we found a long pedestrian bridge with Civil War quotes written on the flooring about every 6 feet. Lukas Frank read me all the quotes. I should have captured them on the POI I set for that bridge over the James River. We did grab a photo.

From there, we found another long pedestrian bridge that took us to Belle Isle where the Yankee prisoners were kept captive. There are quite a few monuments and plaques in the area. Definitely worth exploring another time.

Mike

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

 

the joy of exploration by Mike May



The fun aspects of exploring with GPS come in many varied ways.

Today at the O&M conference here in Richmond, Katie and I did 2 lectures in the hotel and two walk-about sessions with the O&M instructors. The fun part is seeing how the folks start to have the lights go on and picturing how this GPS would work for their students.

My last group was a bit wild, quite chatty and not really into following the plan I outlined for them. Instead, we went in search of a folklore Center, quite a ways away. It turned out to be closed but the GPS guided us right to the door. I'd warned them not to expect this. Fun when it actually happens.

On the way back to the hotel, we came across a bunch of people on the sidewalk and I was informed this was an Obama campaign center. We stopped and chatted with the folks who wanted us to take lawn signs, not too practical to post at our hotel rooms or to carry on an airplane.

One gal was trying to get by us but she was afraid of my Seeing Eye dog. Her colleagues teased her saying it's a Service dog, don't be a frady cat.

She finally slipped by and next thing I know, she is asking me if she can touch the dog. Very tentatively, she touches Tank. Being the chick magnet he is, he gives her a lean and now she is in love.

She asks if she can get a camera from her car to take a picture. I agree to wait and she returns in 5 minutes to snap photos of Tank and me.

Perhaps she didn't want me to feel left out because then she says, would you mind if I gave you a hug. Sure, why not.

So, a coincidental stop while out exploring with GPS ended up with a fun social interaction with a bunch of like-minded Obama supporters and one serious dog convert. One of my other sayings besides "Its Better to Travel Hopefully than to arrive" is "The People Make the Places".

Mike

Monday, October 01, 2012

 

S/COMA: Seeing the Whole Picture! O&M Conference


Katie and I had five Accessible GPS and Maps sessions over two days here at the SOMA/COMA Conference.

We were able to capture a photo of one group from the GPS Exploration Tours.


Mike and O&M Instructors listening to Accessible GPS at an intersection corner








 

about POI media files



There is a beautiful nature area on the UC Davis campus called the Arboretum. Putah Creek runs through it with a path on both banks and occasional bridges. Over the past 75 years, the university has planted various micro climates like the Australian collection and a mini redwood forest.

There are plaques throughout this area and I have started recording audio files to be associated with the GPS point at each plaque. Now as you walk through the Arboretum, the LookAround feature triggers the POI plaques. A unique beep lets you know that the POI contains media. You can then elect to play that media file. On the Braille keyboard, you use dots 456 and enter.

Should you wish to take a virtual tour of the Arboretum, check for updates using Sendero Maps or download the latest USA User file. Put yourself in Davis California and search on the word Arboretum. Then put yourself virtually at one of those points and search for nearby POIs with media.

Remember when you are recording your own user points to simply push record on your device when someone is reading you a plaque or for that matter, a menu. You can either do this at the time of recording the POI or you can attach the audio file later.

Let me know what you think of the Arboretum recordings, read by my assistant who has just a trace of an accent. I'll let you guess what her second language is.

Mike

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