Accessories

You do not need any accessories to use BlindSquare. If, however, you find that you use BlindSquare on a regular basis, some accessories may improve your experience.

Headsets

Using a headset can make it easier to understand what BlindSquare is saying. At the same time, it is important to select a model that allows you to also hear traffic, echoes, and other auditory clues that help you to navigate safely. If your chosen headset supports Apple’s music control features, you may use the BlindSquare Audio Menu. It lets you use BlindSquare’s most important features through the buttons of your headset.

Bone Conduction Headsets

Bone conduction headsets, such as the models from Aftershokz, rest in front of your ears on your cheekbones. Sound is conducted through your bones, while your ears remain free. You may purchase corded or Bluetooth models. While VoiceOver is slightly more responsive when a corded model is being used, Bluetooth headsets are more comfortable to wear, especially when on the go.

Mono Earpieces

Many BlindSquare users like to use a mono earpiece. This leaves one ear free for them to hear auditory clues while walking. However, we are not aware of any model that supports Apple’s music playback controls sufficiently to operate the BlindSquare Audio Menu. You may consider using an earpiece of your choice in conjunction with a RiVO keyboard.

Bluetooth Speakers

Some Bluetooth speakers are portable and support the BlindSquare Audio Menu, for example the bēm wireless Speaker Band. For more information, you may watch this video demonstration of the bēm wireless Speaker Band

Bluetooth Splitters for Orientation and Mobility Specialists

Bluetooth splitters are plugged into the headphone jack of an iPhone and can connect to two Bluetooth headsets simultaneously. This allows the O&M specialist and the student to hear BlindSquare and VoiceOver on just one iPhone. there are models by various manufacturers, for example the Monoprice Bluetooth Splitter. You may watch this video demonstration to see how it works.

9 comments on “Accessories
  1. kenyon Jones says:

    I am partially sighted and cannot adjust the speech rate and location distance at all. Please help. The on screen directions say to swip up or down and it doesn’t work. Also, if I am traveling I5 will the app announce towns, historic places or any place of interest that is not commercial. I need help. Also, I press the Tool button and do not get a compass. What’s that all about? By the way, your site could use a customer service site, a Q&A site or other help. Is 4 Square something I need to use this app?

    • Ile says:

      Are you using VoiceOver or not? If not, you need to swipe left/right.

      If you use VoiceOver, when you select radius, you have to swipe up/down quickly enough to change radius. This is basic functionality of iOS devices.

      When you travel you will most likely to hear places you mention. Data comes from foursquare database that is based on crowdsourcing: Any user of FourSquare who has visited the place might have added the place if it was missing. Usually there is much more points of interest than in other databases.

      Tools/Compass has been renamed “Tools / Look around”.

      You don’t need to use foursquare: BlindSquare works just fine without account in FourSquare.

  2. David says:

    How do you connect using the blue tooth controller. Cannot find instructions or suss how to do this?

  3. william says:

    can i use the aftershokz blues headphones mentioned in the accessories page to control blind square remote feature in v 2?

  4. Ile says:

    You can carry phone in pocket, bag etc. and use headphone remote controlling features.

  5. Ile says:

    If you can control music with its remote (play, stop, etc.), then it should work with BlindSquare too, if you have enabled this feature from Other / Settings.

  6. Ile says:

    iPhone and iPad with 3G / 4G.

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