[Loadstone] Train database results

Jacob Kruger jacobk at mailzone.co.za
Sun Mar 28 03:47:57 BST 2010

Won't auto announce being turned on help you with automatic notification of 
upcoming points - I use it when walking with my dog, and it works for me and 
I think you can also change settings with regard to when and where it should 
announce points.

Also, as far as I know pressing select key would generally tell you the next 
point in the direction you were heading, not just closest one, but anyway, 
and you can also easily enough limit navigation mode to only checkpoints in 
case there are other points around you not relevant at the time.

Stay well

Jacob Kruger
Blind Biker
Skype: BlindZA
'...fate had broken his body, but not his spirit...'

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sean Randall" <seanr at randylaptop.com>
To: <loadstone at loadstone-gps.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2010 10:08 PM
Subject: [Loadstone] Train database results

> Hi all,
> Just a quick heads-up to let you know how I got on with the train data
> today.
> I only used a few stops, but of those, none was out by more than 200 yards
> or so.  I had to increase my approach time if I wanted automatic
> announcements, but found it easier to leave Loadstone in navigation mode 
> and
> just tap select when the trained slowed or I wanted an update.
> I did turn off my signal monitor whilst travelling through a heavily 
> wooded
> area, but the longest time I was without a signal was 90 seconds.  As 
> there
> were at least 6 minutes between stops, this wasn't really an issue and I
> turned the monitor off because things were patchy, connecting on and off.
> Even with a second of coverage, my phone updated the position and so I
> always new which station was closest to me.
> Using the view area command whilst in navigation mode (long select) I was
> able to view the stations in order of distance, which was what I did with
> Wayfinder.  I found it less of a necessity because with a tap of select I
> could always hear the closest one.  If I wanted to hear the next one, I
> pressed 1 to hear my direction of travel, then the appropriate cursor key 
> to
> hear the next station in that direction.  I found this useful when leaving
> one station and wanting to know the next, because until the distance to 
> the
> next station became less than that of the previously departed one, select
> would report the place I'd just left.
> I had sound turned off all the way and used vibration in combo with a 
> Nokia
> bluetooth headset with the phone in a pocket.  The members of the public 
> I
> spoke to didn't even seem to realise I was using the headset for anything,
> iPod-style earphones are a much more common site and so my low-key 
> bluetooth
> accessory didn't even raise an eyebrow.
> Whilst in the car on the way to my starting station, I loaded my 
> checkpoint
> file (containing the stations I would be passing through).  I needn't have
> bothered, had I wanted to manually check where I was at each stop, I could
> have just hit select with the same result.  For viewing the area though 
> and
> seeing only the stations on my path, checkpoints worked extremely well.
> My one question: When the closest point changes, is there a way to have it
> announced without isolating it?  It would be useful to know the next 
> station
> as soon as it becomes closer than the one I've just left.  Not that 
> pressing
> select is much of an inconvenience, it would just be quite handy and
> decrease the fumbling around for the button.
> Overall, I was very impressed.  Only one of my four trains announced the
> upcoming stops, and had I not had a solution to hand I would have needed 
> an
> exceptional memory, or a notepad to tick off stops, both of which are 
> quite
> fallible methods of locating oneself. I would have  carried my phone with 
> me
> GPS or no, and the headset was only a few extra grams of weight - after a
> while, I didn't even notice I was wearing it.  The announcements from
> Loadstone were precise, accurate and useful, and I was always, always 
> aware
> of exactly where we'd just stopped  and where we were going.  In fact, I 
> was
> able to prompt a passenger next to me with a hundred percent certainty, as
> he was due to get off earlier than I and was dozing in his seat and so not
> paying much attention to his surroundings.
> I want to thank the Loadstone developers, if they're here, for such a 
> useful
> tool.  Without it, my day would have been far more uncertain and my travel
> that much more stressful. The discontinuation of Wayfinder, if it indeed
> comes to pass, will be quite a blow for turn-by-turn, street-map-style
> directions.  But if you know exactly where you're going and are able to 
> get
> that information onto a Loadstone database, you're covered all the way.
> I would have no qualms about sending my database (or at least the sample 
> of
> it I was able to verify) to a totally blind friend, assuming they were
> comfortable using loadstone, and guarantee that within a few minutes their
> comfort level on the trains would increase.  This is just the sort of way 
> in
> which technology should be helping us, and I must say that I am profoundly
> grateful that Loadstone stepped up to the bar in my time of need.
> Sean.
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