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Friday, October 22, 2004


BrailleNote GPS - the Newport Beach Bay

Twenty of us eased out of the dock at Fishermans Village for a 2 hour cruise, demonstration of the BrailleNote GPS and celebration of the latest advancement in wayfinding independence, GPS version 3. Pulse Data HumanWare, Sweetman Systems and Sendero Group sponsored this cruise. The purpose and result was to introduce rehabilitation counselors and teachers from Southern California to the importance of location information and how the BrailleNote GPS is addressing what we sometimes call, “location literacy.”

Showers and cloudy skies in the morning gave way to sun and a light breeze by the afternoon when we cruised the harbor. We heard about points such as John Wayne’s home and beautiful bay view mansions. Our database even showed navigation aids in the harbor although Captain Chandler wasn’t quite ready to let us take the helm without him nearby.
Mike at the helm
It was an extremely smooth ride and the perfect floating classroom for demonstrations of use of the GPS at sea but more importantly how students and clients would use it on campuses or in cities. Since the BrailleNote GPS has an explore mode, we could show what information a user would get in any community in the U.S. and other countries too.
The group enjoying the sun on the deck of the boat

About the Hornblower:
M/V Hornblower, a 65-foot converted sport fisher, provides the perfect place to watch a majestic Southern California sunset. The trademark open bow allows
up to 30 guests to sit outside and enjoy the cool Pacific breezes or sip a favorite cocktail. A member of the Hornblower fleet since 1984, M/V
Hornblower features a cozy setting for up to 49 guests. Recent additions of wood flooring and detailing have made the vessel even more of a favorite.

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