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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

 

dual GPS navigation in Nashville



We spent some time in Nashville with friends so of course I was using all my tools to figure out where to go and how to get there. Since I am always testing the Seeing Eye GPS, I like to see how it compares with the GPS on the BrailleNote or OnHand. This is additionally bench-marked against the GPS on my friend's phone. The pressure is really on not to get lost with all this stuff going not to mention the conversation in the car. It is easier when on foot.

The two devices would choose different routes to the same destination.
Neither seemed to be better although I tended to go with the BrailleNote mostly because  I could read the Braille display and still carry on a conversation. There were details I missed about a POI using speech that I noticed on the display too. For example, there were two restaurants of the same name but one had an E after it indicating it was in East Nashville.
Easy to miss with the VoiceOver speech. It was also helpful to have the virtual mode to explore an area before going there. I also like recording user points with media files from time to time.

I really like having both options as they complement each other. The phone route is sometimes better with lane changes and ramp information.

Oh, when the bands are really loud, nothing like a Braille display on the PK to figure out the next route when it would be impossible to hear.

Mike

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