DotWalker – A GPS App for Android

If any of you remember the gps Symbian app called loadstone, you will be happy to know that DotWalker for Android, is able to do many of the same things that Loadstone did and a lot more.

What is it exactly?

DotWalker is a travel assistant application primarily designed for blind and visually impaired users but it also enables eyes free control for everybody else.

This application provides navigation tools by handling a set of discrete points, which can be approached in several modes of control.

Next, you can use a talking compass if you feel like you might have lost your way.

Routes can be created manually, on the move simply by shaking the device, or with the help of Google maps direction service.

Points of interest can be enhanced by recording audio labels or linked to other media sources.

Special approach mode directs you to the desired point by announcing direction and distance.

Open street maps, can also be imported into DotWalker. I was able to do this with loadstone and have quite a few custom maps from those days.

On the point location can be supplemented by audio street view. Address announcement as an option. More is in the making. Currently published as limited lifetime test version.

My experience

I was so excited to check this one out that I didn't really bother about tracking documentation or anything similar. I just jumped right in.

"Irresponsible," I can hear some of you mumble but, not at all.

Unfortunately I ran into some problems when I tried to create a root with a Samsung Galaxy s4.

I wouldn't want you to think that I am trying to hide the good news from you.

So, below, please find the podcast showing you how it crashed on me. I was rather disappointed but, I'm sure a fix will come soon.

In the meanwhile I can report that the screen layout is quite simple to understand and that all buttons on the initial screen are properly labeled. However, it crashes when I attempt to select the nearest or roots options.

When you open the app, it will give an audible indication when it finds satellites.

From the top of the screen, below the status bar, we have:
The title, DotWalker
Then, it shows us the number of satellites that it is able to pick up.

In my case it said:

Sat: 14

In the next line, it said:

Root 1. 0 nearest

I suspect that this is a sort of status message to do with name of the root and how many other roots might be closeby. I might be wrong though.

Then, we have a huge empty space, probably intended for future use, before we hit the bottom of the screen where we are greeted by two rows.

The top row contains three columns and the bottom row contains two columns. Although one could technically say that it contains three columns since the middle column's spot is taken by the phone's physical home button.

Each column contains a button.

In row one, column one, we have the point button.
In row one, column two, there is an info button.

In row one, column three is a button labeled nearest.

In row two, column one, is a compass which works really well.
Then we have a physical home button, in my specific case where column two might have been if we were including the home button but, we are not so, in row two column two, just below column three which is in row one, we have the roots button.

Visit the DotWalker web site at

Get DotWalker on the Playstore.

So, that is it for the intro and my first bit of experience with DotWalker.

Below is the podcast to give you an audio version of my failure.


TapTapSee, a real easy camera app for the visually impaired

TapTapSee is a lightweight application designed to help the visually impaired and blind community identify objects they encounter in their daily lives.

Once the user takes a picture of what is in front of them, the application identifies and speaks the identification back to the user*.

The application also features instant recognition on all US paper currency.

* Spoken identification requires VoiceOver to be turned on.



Free or Paid



This is a native iPhone and iPod Touch app that is displayed in 2x mode on an iPad

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone 4
I’ve had loads of fun with this app.  It’s real easy to use.  There are only two buttons in the app.  The about and the take picture button.
The only issue I have at present, is that one is not able to recall previous results.  You can’t share the info and you don’t have a way of repeating your results.
In this podcast, I demonstrate the ability of the TapTapSee application to recognize objects rather accurately.

Fleksy is coming to Android

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Syntellia, creators of Fleksy, the technology that makes typing on a touchscreen easier, will debut the next generation of the prediction engine and introduce Fleksy for Android.

Syntellia’s Fleksy uses a predictive text technology that makes accurate typing easy on touchscreens, even when you miss every single letter. Fleksy outperforms all current market offerings both in terms of input speed and accuracy – so much so that users can type as fast on touchscreens as they do on laptops.


Syntellia’s patented technology features such a powerful autocorrect engine that visually impaired users have been using it to type as easily as sighted people do on touchscreen devices. At CES, Syntellia will debut of the next generation of Fleksy’s prediction engine, which brings the technology out of the disability market and into the mass market – with user interface innovations and support for multiple languages. CES 2013 will also be the debut of Fleksy on multiple platforms, including Android.


“Typing is still the biggest frustration for customers using smartphones and tablets. The result is that some people won’t buy a touchscreen device, and others won’t use their devices nearly as much as they could. It’s actually the biggest barrier to smartphone and tablet adoption right now,”Kostas Eleftheriou, Syntellia co-founder and CEO, said.


I’m the first to admit that I’m still stuck with my SonyEricsson XPeria Pro, due to the keyboard.  I love the physical qwerty keyboard.


I’m less likely to respond to your sms or email if I don’t have my bluetooth keyboard close or if I don’t have access to a physical keyboard.  Fleksy definitely changed the game for not only visually impaired people but, also for persons with dexterity challenges.


I’ll be watching this space….