maybe if you ask microsoft nicely, they will also send you some headphones, as well as the free app.

Dave.


-----Original Message----- From: kelby carlson
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2018 11:50 PM
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Subject: Re: Soundscape

One big problem is that this app is being advertised as free when, to be fully functional, you really do need good headphones. If it had features like BlindSquare it would be less misleading.

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On Mar 12, 2018, at 7:35 PM, Mr. Ed <pink...@abe.midco.net> wrote:

Hi,
The only thing I have notice is the maps must be fairly old. Because when my wife was driving it announce places that were at least 15 years old and older. These places that it was announcing were no longer there and had not been there for over 15 years. It did seem to announce many places that no longer existed. So I am not sure what is up with this.
Mr. Ed

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From: viphone@googlegroups.com [mailto:viphone@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Cristóbal
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2018 5:40 PM
To: viphone@googlegroups.com
Subject: RE: Soundscape

With some bone conduction headphones (I've got some Trekz Air headphones) it's ok. You can cut down on the chatter by turning off some announcements and speeding up the speech, but from what I can tell, it's only British English which in general is not a problem, but it would be nice if there were an American English voice option since some of the pronunciations can be rather . . . dynamic with the foreign accent. I don't know how comfortable I'd be walking around with anything over my ears like that in general, but some folks are better at this than others I suppose. The around me and ahead of me feature are nice in that they can offer context to what's around you instead of just focusing on the destination. Also, the Trekz aren't going to score you any style points if presentation is important to you. Not the type of headphones you're going to want to wear if you have to deal with meetings or need to be in any sort of professional setting and so on.

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From: viphone@googlegroups.com [mailto:viphone@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of M. Taylor
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2018 11:19 AM
To: viphone@googlegroups.com
Subject: RE: Soundscape

Hello Kelby,

I installed this app on my 8 Plus last week but have yet to launch it.

I will do so this week and post my observations, on-list.

The app sounds intriguing. I will probably use my Apple EarPods, the first time out.

Of course, I am eager to learn of others' findings, as well.

Mark

-----Original Message-----
From: viphone@googlegroups.com [mailto:viphone@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Kelby Carlson
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2018 9:49 AM
To: viphone@googlegroups.com
Subject: Soundscape

Starting a separate thread on this since from what I can tell nobody has talked about this app yet.


It looks as though Soundscape is pretty similar to BlindSquare in terms of the things it can call out and announce, with the big new feature being the 3D sound. This, however, assumes one has headphones that can safely be used outside, and this definitely isn't the case for me with only earbuds and over the ear headphones. So my question is is Soundscape even worth trying out and mostly just focusing on the non-3D announcements like interesections? From what I understand it has more up to date maps than BlindSquare.

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