Look out Trekker Breeze – there’s a new turn-by-turn navigation system for the blind and visually impaired!
I like to share new tech. I haven’t tried this and don’t own an Apple watch, but it’s so great to see technology advance in leaps and bounds!
Check out the new ViaOpta Nav app for the Apple Watch, part of the Novartis Pharmaceutical ViaOpta app suite.
ViaOpta Nav is the first turn-by-turn navigation app available for a wearable device which has been designed specifically for visually impaired people. It uses voice guidance and vibration settings that alert the user to upcoming intersections and landmarks.
The users can ask for their exact position, add waypoints to a calculated route, and find nearby destinations or landmarks and save them as favourites. See original source.
Welcome to Episode 6 of the Low Vision Hijinx Podcast, where you get amusing, entertaining & educational stories of living with limited eyesight.
This week’s show is longer than usual, because I’m sharing some deep thoughts about the great debate among people who are partially or totally blind:
White Cane or Guide Dog?
I have had 2 guide dogs, both of whom I trained myself.
Molly died a year and a half ago, and I just am not happy without a dog. So I decided it was time to apply to a school and get one that was already prepared.
WHile I can and do travel safely with a long white cane, I am simply unhappy without a dog.
This week’s show reveals my own thoughts. Also, if you or someone you know is making this decision, I invite you or them to contact me. I give the email address on today’s show. You can also contact me on my Facebook Page or LinkedIn or Twitter.
Advantages of a long white cane.
It is a lot less expensive than a dog.
It’s easy to keep clean.
Advantages of a guide dog
Can help you avoid dangers a cane can’t warn you about
Companionship and comfort
Extra set of eyes
Other Considerations about Dogs
If you decide to get a guide dog, you must love dogs and want to do things like:
They cost about $700 a year to maintain (food, vet, preventative meds, etc)
They require frequent grooming and baths.
Sometimes you’ll have access issues with a place trying to deny your dog
What’s the Best Decision?
The best choice is the one that fits your needs and lifestyle. The decision is yours. Don’t let naysayers in your family detract you if a dog is what you want.
Listen to today’s show for these and other insights. And come back next week for more adventure in low vision living.