[orca-list] new low cost gps for blind persons

got this off another email list thought some mayt be interested to hear.
Hello all,
I'm sorry this is off topic, but it might really interest many of us.
Yesterday I tried a GPS receiver called Kapten. It is not made 
specifically for blind people, but for pedestrians in general. And 
most important of all, the thing, which is smaller than an iPod nano, 
does not have a screen at all. It can be controlled with five buttons, 
voice recognition and text to speech. It is actually designed for 
pedestrians, which means that it is precise when walking. Besides 
being a GPS receiver, it has a compass that helps the navigation to be 
even more precise. It has a 4gB storage capacity, can also be used as 
an MP3 player, FM radio and voice recorder. It also has bluetooth, 
which allows you to use it to receive and make calls through your 
cellphone. I wonder if it would work with an iPhone...? Unlike other 
GPS alternatives specially designed for the blind, the Kapten costs 
170 euros here in Spain. It is made by the french company Kapsys, and 
you might want to have a look at it. I tried it yesterday and it 
simply works, and works well. I'm getting mine next week. As it 
doesn't have a screen it is 100% accessible, and definitely worth its 
price. And by the way, it is compatible with Mac OS 10 for getting new 
maps, storing music or anything you need to do.
Again, sorry for the off topic message but hopefully it will be of use 
for some of you...
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