[Loadstone] approaching a point

Shawn Kirkpatrick shawn at odyssey.cm.nu
Tue Feb 6 01:18:14 GMT 2007

The main setting that controls point announcements is the approach time. The 
approach distance is just a fallback in case the timing fails for some 
reason. In normal cases it should never be used. If points are being 
announced too early then try lowering the approach time setting. This 
setting will calculate the distanced based on your speed so the distance 
will change depending on how fast you're going at the time.

On Mon, 5 Feb 2007, Charlie Richardson wrote:

> If yours is announcing at 10 meters I'm assuming you are walking because
> according to the documentation the software will calculate distance or time.
> I'm usually using Loadstone on a bus as this is my biggest problem as a
> blind person depending on the driver to remember the stop and let me know
> when I'm there.  Loadstone was usually letting me know of my next point
> between 130 and 160 yards.  I'm sure this is depending on the current speed
> as buses don't tend to travel very fast.  I was just messing around with max
> distance today and changed it to 200 then 100 as the first setting was
> announcing my next point before I would arrive to the previous point, over
> 300 yards which is apparently longer than most city blocks.  Setting it to
> 100 is getting announcements just over 200 yards.  I'm not really sure what
> the value means as I thought setting it to 200 would give me announcements
> as I come within 200 yards.
> I use a Nokia 6682 and since it was asked, the vibrate works, but the record
> memo doesn't seem to work.  I'd like that record memo feature as the
> extended recorder that came with Talks sounds good in theory but made real
> choppy recordings.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Cathomas Jürg" <Juerg.Cathomas at sbv-fsa.ch>
> To: "General discussion pertaining to the Loadstone GPS program"
> <loadstone at loadstone-gps.com>
> Sent: Monday, February 05, 2007 1:45 PM
> Subject: [Loadstone] approaching a point
> Hi Monty,
> when approaching a point, the first checkpoint announcement happens here at
> about 30 meters.
> Often, this is the only anhnouncement, because at 10 meters, it would not
> speak anymore.
> I don't understand in this context the meaning of "approach time", maybe
> ssomeone can explain me.
> My idea is:
> i can define a "first announcement distance", e.g. 75 meters.
> At this distance, it wil announce
> a first time "
> approaching x 75 meters north"
> When coming to a second approaching distance, e.g. 40 meters (a second
> parameter) , it would ggive me constant information, but only about
> changings in distance and direction.
> So, if direction is always the same, it would just count donw and announce
> 40 meters
> 30 meters
> 20 meters
> 10 meters
> (maybe, we can even omit "meters" because what esle can it be?)
> if direction changes, it would aalso announce direction, e.g.
> 40 meters north
> 30 meters
> 20 meters north  west
> 10 meters north
> Best regards and thanks a lot for implementing the german version.
> Jürg
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