[Loadstone] Newby "before I begin" questions

Rusty Perez rustys.lists at gmail.com
Sat Oct 14 16:03:55 BST 2006

Thanks Brett!
Yes, this idea of a clock face sounds pretty interesting and potentually useful!

One of the big reasons why I haven't purchased a blindness specific
gps is the cost, but also that they won't let you enter lat and long
coordinates. I figure that if I get a gps I want to be able to go
geocaching. I'm excited about this!
thanks again!

On 10/14/06, Brett <brett06 at tpg.com.au> wrote:
> Hi Rusty,
> See my answers to your questions in the body of your email.
> Hope this helps,
> Brett.
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> Subject: [Loadstone] Newby "before I begin" questions
> Hi folks,
> I heard about loadstone two days ago. I bought a gps receiver this
> morning and I'm waiting, with Nokia 6682 in hand, for it to arive at my
> doorstep. OK, so I haven't installed the software just yet, but I'm
> excited!!! I was tempted by wayfinder a few months back, but i wasn't
> certain that it would work. Now I've heard of folks using wayfinder, and
> with the discovery of loadstone, I'm asured that something will work.
> Now the questions.
> Q: It sounds like, as with a guide dog, loadstone requires the user to
> know where he or she is going before loadstone can get them there.
> A: Not necessarily, as long as you can mark the point where you want to
> end up, you can still get there. Loadstone will tell you where the point
> is on a clock face as you are navigating to it. So if the point is at 11
> O'clock, you will want to keep walking straight ahead. When the point
> gets to 9 or 10 O'clock you know you should turn left down the next
> street.
> Here's what I mean. From what I gather, in the US I can load a points
> file in, but before loadstone will tell me anything as aI travel,, I
> need to mark out a root. Is this correct? So, is loadstone's primary
> function to give me confirmation that I am headed in the right
> direction, or can I give it two points, starting and stopping, and have
> it create a root and tell me where to go?
> A: Loadstone cannot create routes for you, but in the US, you can go to
> the point exchange and download points for your area. In the US I
> believe they have all the street intersections marked. So this could be
> useful for you. You can still mark your from and destination points and
> again use the clock face directions to give you a good indication on
> where to go. There are web sites which will give you the lat and long
> coordinates of a street address, so if you haven't been there, you can
> use one of these sites to get the coordinates to mark the point before
> you go. The site I use for this purpose is
> http://stevemorse.org/jcal/latlon.php
> In my experience, if it finds coordinates, which it seems to do about 95
> percent of the time, it's accurate with in 35 meters or less, good
> enough to locate a place you haven't been to before.
> Q: Also, how do loadstone and wayfinder differ? I know that wayfinder
> automatically downloads map info, other than this, how do they differ?
> A: I am not familia with wayfinder as I have never bothered looking at
> it, as they don't have any maps for Australia. But wayfinder can
> download maps and plan a route for you. If travelling on foot, it's
> probably a bit more precise than loadstone, assuming that it takes in to
> account that you are on foot. I did see a blindness GPS product, which
> wanted me to walk 1KM down the middle of the freeway to get to my local
> train station. Don't think I would have made it, Smile. Wayfinder is
> probably good if you want to travel by cab and tell the cabby where to
> go from start to finish. I find Cabby's are usually pretty good at
> getting you to the correct suburb, but can muck around a bit trying to
> find the actual street or street address. Once The cabby gets to the
> area of interest, Loadstone can be used quite successfully at getting
> the cabby to the correct location. Loadstone is also good for locating
> train stops or bus stops. The other bonus to loadstone is that it is
> completely free to use. Wayfinder requires you to pay a subscription for
> usage, plus every time you use it, it needs to download data, so you
> also have to bare the GPRS costs. While loadstone is free, it's worth
> donating something to the developers if you find it useful, to ensure it
> stays in existence. Now that I have my GPS receiver I need to keep my
> promise and donate, Smile. I intend to donate annually, as I think this
> prog is brilliant and it's being regularly improved.
> Q: One final question, can loadstone distinguish between types of
> points? Can it tell me, for example, the closest restaurants?
> A: Not natively. You would need to mark them yourself, either by going
> there or entering their address in to a web site like the one I
> mentioned above. If you connect your GPs and then search for the point
> you want to get to, then use the find point feature in loadstone,
> loadstone will tell you the distance as the crow flies, but it still
> will give you a good indication if it is with in walking distance, or if
> not it still gives you a fair indication of how much a cab may cost if
> you want to cab it there. You can also use it to get an indication of
> how far the point of interest may be from a train or bus stop if you
> have marked it. If not, again you can look up the street address of the
> train or bus stop on the web and find out how far it may be from your
> point of interest, so you will be able to determine if you can walk it.
> thanks so much for any help!
> Rusty
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