Google launched two new Android apps related to Eyes-Free family of programs to help the blind better navigate through town.
“The first app called “WalkyTalky, ” speaks the address of nearby locations as you pass them. It also provides more direct access to walking directions component of Google Maps. With WalkyTalky installed, Fire it up, and the app will prompt you to enter an address or choose from one of your favorite locations. WalkyTalky will begin reading you walking directions aloud, and, unlike the normal Android navigation app, it’ll also say the names of street addresses as you walk by to help keep your bearings.”
And the 2nd app “Intersection Explorer,” lets you explore any neighborhood on Maps via touch exploration. After launching the app, you’ll be presented with an interactive map with your current location at the center. By dragging your finger along the screen, you’ll virtually wander through the area as voice cues call out that your finger is heading “West along Market Street” or has “Moved 90 meters to Taylor and Jackson street”. This way you can learn the lay of the land before setting a foot outdoors.