What is BlindSquare

BlindSquare is the World’s Most Popular accessible GPS-app developed for the blind and visually impaired. It describes the environment, announces points of interest and street intersections as you travel. In conjunction with free, third-party navigation apps it is a powerful solution providing most of the information blind and visually impaired people need to travel independently. Your safety is our highest priority. BlindSquare is self-voicing, announcing points of interest, intersections and user-defined points through a dedicated speech synthesizer. The most important BlindSquare functions can be accessed through an audio menu via any headset or speaker that supports Apple’s music controller. This means you don’t need to touch the screen of your phone looking for tiny buttons when you travel with BlindSquare, because many functions can be activated using the physical buttons of your headset or bluetooth speaker. If you are blind or visually impaired, BlindSquare is your safe, reliable, and accessible GPS-solution. BlindSquare is available for iPhone and iPad in the App Store.

How does it work?

When BlindSquare has determined your location using your iOS-device’s GPS capabilities, it will look up information about your surroundings on Foursquare and Open Street Map. Employing unique algorithms, it will then ascertain the information most useful to you and speak it in a clear synthetic voice. You can use BlindSquare for example to find the most popular café within a 200 meter radius or to find the nearest post office or the library. Shake your device to hear your current address, as well as information about the location of the nearest street intersection and venues around you. Track your destination, so BlindSquare will periodically announce the distance and direction while you are traveling. If you use BlindSquare to mark your position, it can help you to find this spot again later. BlindSquare possesses filters you can set, so you only hear the information you currently need. Have BlindSquare announce streets and saved places only, so you do not get overwhelmed by more information than you need. If you mark your saved places and Foursquare venues as Favorites, BlindSquare will always notify you when you reach them. Since BlindSquare saves your favorites and your places to iCloud, they get synched between all of your iOS-devices, and you can use BlindSquare on all of them. Although you will need VoiceOver to operate the app, BlindSquare uses its own high quality Acapela voices in many different languages to announce information about your environment. This means you will always hear all of the information you need, even when you can’t touch the screen of your device, you lock the screen, or you use another app while BlindSquare is running in the background. If you enjoy playing Foursquare, authorize BlindSquare to access your account, so you can check in at your favorite venues just by shaking your device. Set BlindSquare to share your check-ins on Facebook, Twitter, or to keep them private. BlindSquare is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Czech, Russian, Estonian, Polish, Arabic, Turkish, Portuguese, Japanese, Greek, Romanian, Croatian and Hungarian. For more information about BlindSquare, please read our frequently asked questions.

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27 comments on “What is BlindSquare
  1. Blind Fury says:

    Good app!! Would be handy if Blindsquare worked in lock screen. Secondly, although it is compatible with Navigon, it could be better if Navigon’s simulation could somehow be worked into Blindsquare when planning a route . This means you could hear a virtual journey with all intersections and various pois from start to destination.

    • Ile says:

      Thank you for your ideas. We listen and we do. Now you can find both background operation (works with lock screen) and support for Navigon, TomTom etc. in BlindSquare 🙂

  2. Jamie Devine Junior says:

    Please I am founder of NICEF NGO in Nigeria. HQ in Lagos we work with the less fortunate in our society, in the eduction sector
    . One Project on the ground involves working with Blind youth – can this app work in Nigeria. We have GPS systems here, so is this an area we can discuss? Thankyou

  3. Cler O. says:

    Hi, my name is Cler Oliveira and I am brazilian (sorry for my bad English), Journalist and blogger. My blog is to test apps to disable people. For while I can’t test apps for iOS, just Android. I’d like to know if, in future, blindsquare, will be found on Google play store.

  4. Attila says:

    I’ve been a BlindSquare owner just for 2 days. I’m amazed. It’s really great.
    It’s a big pity it doesn’t support my mother tongue, however with US English I can guess best what it really means.
    I have also Navigon installed in my iPhone but when I choose “planning a route” in BlindSquare I’m lost.
    It switches then to Navigon and I just don’t know how to go on.
    If I were satisfied with Navigon itself as a blind individual, I probably would never come to BlindSquare.
    So can you tell me please what “planning a route” means in terms of BlindSquare?
    Thank you very much in advance and great congratulations.

    • Ile says:

      What is you mother tongue? Currently we are working on Portuguese, Estonian and Hungarian.

      Have you set your BlindSquare to run on background? So, when you start Navigon, it will guide you “turn-by-turn” so it will tell, when you need to turn left pr right. BlindSquare will stay on background warning about street crossings in advance, reporting street addresses, places etc.

      You can double tap home screen to activate BlindSquare again if you need to do new search etc.

  5. Saed says:

    Hi, it can be very bettre if blindsquare could anonce side of the passing by ways. I hope soon coming more updates for blindsquare. thank you

  6. cedric (france) says:

    Great !
    Very intuitive way of telling what’s around.
    I just regret a few things:
    -the interface is not very easy (too much menus to open…). It can be optimized
    -A very helpful accessory would be a dort of belt to know what direction to follow to reach a certain point (angle) with a feedback (vibrations?) about angle and distances.
    -very fluent
    -i regret there is no shortcut to know what’s around, and would appreciate an easier way to quickly change the perimeter over which the search is made.
    -very good idea to be compatible with navigon and independent of voice over.
    Thank you for your work, waiting for some other improvements!

  7. Leo says:

    This app is amazing. I bought it before moving back to Northwest Portland. I’ve been blind my entire life, and the one thing that often bugs me about cane travel is needing to keep the running mental narrative of what street I’m at. Everyone knows your mind wanders, you’re thinking about something else, work, the kids, even just something you passed by. BlindTquare alleviates this problem. But, but, but, … There’s more!
    I moved back into a neighborhood I’d lived in before. But one thing about being blind, you miss a lot just generally running around. I was amazed at what I found just turning on a couple of options, and having it tell me what I passed. BlindSquare is a great addition to the iOS ecosystem, and I for one am really impressed! I haven’t tried turn by turn because I grew up on these streets and so I know the place, and the addressing system, like the back of my hand. Yet even for it to tell me bus, streetcar and train stops is amazing! I haven’t lived here since before willevery had access to iOS, and now it’s as though Portland just got a brand-new look, all because of BlindSquare and the iPhone!ac

  8. David Heilman says:

    Great product, but what is the price?



    • Ile says:

      Price is 24 USD. It is one time fee, including all updates. There has been average 1 update / month, so you will get continuous improvements over time.

  9. Kerry says:

    Hi, I have an autistic boy whom I believe could use this app to help him become more independent. I have a couple of questions.

    Q1. Does this app work in Australia?

    Q2. If my son was on a train, would the app tell him the train
    stops coming up so he knew to get off the next stop?

  10. Mat says:

    Will this be released on Windows phone platforms?

  11. The Aps store for iphone has two aps to choose from. What is the difference between BlindSquare and BlindSquare Event.

    • Ile says:

      BlindSquare Event is free, but it runs only in demo mode, so you can test some of its features. It is sometimes activated as full version, for some events targeted to visually impaired audience.

      So, if you wish to actually use on your area, you need full paid version of BlindSquare.

  12. Dina says:

    Is there functionality with blind square when not “ONLINE” We are using iPhone iOS 8.3 and an external GPS. There is no cell service activated with this device (too much $$$) but I am looking for a way to use the iPhone with downloaded maps of the area. We are having trouble finding downloadable maps that work with voice over or announce positions as I am walking. Does blind square work maps that are downloaded?

    • Ile says:

      When you simulate any place, intersections are automatically downloaded for offline use for 500 meters around simulated place.
      When you favourite places, they are saved for offline use.

  13. Stephan says:

    When will an Android Version be available? Its over 2 years ago, that you said thatt an Android Version is coming! In the last years, the blind users on Android grown much!

    • Ile says:

      I have never given a date and we are working on some Android features, but not full BlindSquare.

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