[AI] Experiences with Wayfinder GPS

muffi mufshi at hotmail.com
Sun Aug 12 00:52:35 EDT 2007


detailed maps of cities like mumbai and delhi? sounds strange! just the 
thought of the fact that anyone can actually decipher the streets in these 
cities. for most part, the administration themselves cant seem to tell apart 
their ward office lane from that of their adjacent one.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Manish Agrawal" <magrawal at sapient.com>
To: "Geetha Shamanna" <geetha at millernorbert.de>; 
<accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Sunday, August 12, 2007 3:43 AM
Subject: Re: [AI] Experiences with Wayfinder GPS


> The wayfinder people claim they have very detailed maps of more than 115
> cities in India. Google maps also has fairly detailed maps of several
> Indian cities...if loadstone could use those, that will be great.
>
>
> -Manish
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Geetha
> Shamanna
> Sent: Saturday, August 11, 2007 10:50 AM
> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
> Subject: Re: [AI] Experiences with Wayfinder GPS
>
> Hi Manish,
>
> Yes indeed, Loadstone has its own set of disadvantages.
> But for those of us living in India where no maps are available, this is
> a
> good option.
> Besides, it is free and does not require an Internet connection.
>
> Geetha
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Manish Agrawal" <magrawal at sapient.com>
> To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
> Sent: Saturday, August 11, 2007 7:03 PM
> Subject: Re: [AI] Experiences with Wayfinder GPS
>
>
> I tried out loadstone for a bit as well. But as Pranav said, loadstone
> doesn't calculate a route for me. It sort of can memorize a route if I
> dilligently put in POIs on every turn and so on. Or maybe I am missing
> something here...
> ...wayfinder was much easier to set up and get going and I did not need
> to download points or create my own etc. Although similar to loadstone,
> you can create and share POIs in wayfinder as well.
>
> Regards,
> Manish
> All in all, loadstone is missing a big functionality about calculating
> routes on its own based on maps (not on POIs). If I get time, I'll
> probably start contributing in loadstone development some time soon.
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Pranav Lal
> Sent: Saturday, August 11, 2007 4:54 AM
> To: 'Geetha Shamanna'; accessindia at accessindia.org.in
> Subject: Re: [AI] Experiences with Wayfinder GPS
>
> Hi,
>
> I appreciate your point.  However, the problem with a system like
> loadstone
> is that to be meaningful, it would need to have a lot of points.
>
> The situation in which I plan to use GPS is that I am travelling alone
> in a
> taxi and need to direct the taxi driver.  I could certainly Mark points
> of
> interest but, it would not be possible for me to cover all routes.
>
> Pranav
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Geetha
> Shamanna
> Sent: Saturday, August 11, 2007 9:58 AM
> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
> Subject: Re: [AI] Experiences with Wayfinder GPS
>
> Hi Pranav,
>
> Loadstone is the best bet for places like India where maps are not
> readily
> available. The advantage with Loadstone is that a user can create access
>
> points and can use them for reference later. Several of my blind friends
> in
> Europe who have ready access to maps have opted to use LoadStone instead
> of
> WayFinder. The advantage with Loadstone apart from not needing maps is
> that
> one can also use access points that have already been created by other
> users
>
> which are made available on the Loadstone Web site.
>
> One of my friends in Germany uses Holux M-1000 with a great deal of
> success
> for everything from finding restaurants to tracing his way back during
> long
> walks in a forest. Holux M-1000 is apparently one of the most accessible
>
> receivers. It costs about 80 Euros.
>
> I plan to buy Holux M-1000 and try it out here very soon.
> Geetha
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Pranav Lal" <pranav.lal at gmail.com>
> To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
> Sent: Saturday, August 11, 2007 5:38 AM
> Subject: Re: [AI] Experiences with Wayfinder GPS
>
>
> Hi Manish,
>
> I have investigated GPS quite thoroughly in India.  At the moment,
> Airtel
> has launched the service for customers using its Blackberry 800.  Garmin
> also has such functionality however, the software that they use is not
> accessible.  Garmin provides its own maps and connectivity service.
>
> By the way, are you using wayfinder or, wayfinder access?  Wayfinder
> access
> is the same thing as Wayfinder but, with an accessible front end.
> Pranav
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Manish
> Agrawal
> Sent: Friday, August 10, 2007 11:02 PM
> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
> Subject: [AI] Experiences with Wayfinder GPS
>
> Hi all,
> I've been using the wayfinder GPS over the last few weeks and thought
> will share some experiences with the group:
> My wife and I are in Boston these days. The city is also called the
> "walking city"...and as the name suggests, we also end up doing a lot of
> "walking" everyday for things like getting grocery for the home to just
> exploring this beautiful and historic city.
> Both of us cannot read any street signs, bill boards, maps, names etc.
> So, one can imagine it will be rather tricky to find your way around.
> Thanks to 2 important things, traveling around really is fun. First is
> the excellent subway train system in the city of Boston and surrounding
> areas (still you need to walk a lot).
> Second is the Wayfinder GPS software that I purchased within the first
> week of getting here. Most of the rest of this post is devoted to this.
> Hardware:
> - Nokia 6600 with talx (The same one I used in India)
> - A bluetooth GPS receiver (Globalsat BT 359) $100
>
> Software and services:
> - Wayfinder navigator package (software and lifetime access to map
> server) - $100
>
> - An unlimited data plan from my cellular provider AT&T - $40 per month.
>
>
> Experience so far:
> It's been a really useful tool so far for us.
> We have gone around and looked up new places, looked for restaurants
> near where we were, and generally been sure that we were not lost.
> Wayfinder is almost completely accessible, except for the displayed map,
> which is meant for sited users only. Loadstone-gps does a better job
> with the map.
> However, there are also some glitches such as when we start, we don't
> know which direction to start towards because it is indicated on the map
> but talx doesn't read it. We quickly realize when we walk in the wrong
> direction though because wayfinder goes mad at you.
> Also, there is an error radius of 5 to 10 meters which is substantial
> when you are walking. So, sometimes wayfinder says that you've reached
> the destination when you think you are really in the middle of nowhere
> because your destination is somewhere in the 10 meter radius (in any
> direction).
> Similarly, sometimes the gps receiver looses and regains signal from the
> satellite and wayfinder starts thinking that you're off track and starts
> giving incorrect directions. This is intermittent and if you don't panic
> for a few minutes, it comes back to normal.
> Also, after a few weeks of using it, now that we are much more familiar
> with the places we go to, I am not using it as frequently any more
> (which sometimes makes me think twice about the $40 a month I need to
> pay for internet connectivity on the phone just to keep this up and
> running). But every time it gets me to a place where I would otherwise
> have needed a lot of asking around and/or sighted assistance, my doubts
> subside for the time being.
> Another thing is about juggling with a phone and a gps receiver and
> potentially other things in your hands when you are walking. I would
> have preferred a phone with a built-in receiver (like a nokia n95) but
> the cost was prohibitive. A bluetooth headset can also relieve the
> problem a bit by not having you carry the phone in your hand to listen
> to wayfinder instructions.
> Wayfinder has done some kind of contract with airtel in India and they
> are launching this in about 115 cities in India. The internet
> connectivity charges are also substantially lower in India (about rs.
> 500 a month for unlimited connection on my airtel.)
> So, I hope to come back and continue to use this...especially when I
> need to deal with unscrupulous (or simply dumb) cab and auto drivers.
>
>
> Regards,
> Manish
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