Sense Navigation XL

Braille Sense and Voice Sense

(QWERTY Keyboard)

User Manual

v2014

 

 

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Sendero Group LLC

&

HIMS, Inc.

 

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Copyright Notice:

Copyright (C) 2002-2014 Sendero Group, LLC.

Copyright (C) 2007-2014 HIMS CO, LTD.

 

Limited Map and POI data copyright (C) TomTom.

A limited license to reproduce this user guide is given for the purpose of providing copies to people with visual or reading disabilities (including individuals with motor or learning disabilities) for their individual use.

Note: At the writing of this manual, Australia, New Zealand maps and POIs are provided by NAVTEQ®. Data suppliers may change. See the Sendero site for the latest countries and suppliers.

 

 

 

 


Table of Contents

 

 

1 Introduction   10

1.1 Using This Manual 11

1.2 Supported Devices  11

1.3 Terms and Concepts in the Manual 12

1.4 Hot Keys and Menus  13

1.5 Things to Know    15

1.6 Disclaimer  16

1.7 Scenarios  16

2 Installation and Setup   18

2.1 Initial Setup   19

2.1.1 Pairing the GPS Receiver  21

2.1.2 Installing the Memory Card and Launching SenseNav for the First Time   22

2.1.3 Choosing the GPS Receiver Type   23

2.1.4 Setting the POI Author Name   24

2.2 Proper Startup and Shutdown of SenseNav  24

2.2.1 SenseNav Startup   25

2.2.2 SenseNav Shutdown   25

2.3 Properly Wearing the GPS Receiver  26

2.4 About Maps  26

2.4.1 Map Storage   27

2.4.2 Transferring Downloaded Maps to the Sense Notetaker  28

3 GPS Basics and Accuracy  29

3.1 About GPS Satellites  29

3.2 Signal Blind Spots  30

3.3 Using SenseNav Indoors or in a Vehicle   31

3.4 Picking Up Satellite Signals  31

3.5 SenseNav and Map Data Accuracy  32

3.6 Accuracy of SenseNav Announcements  33

3.7 Getting Oriented Using SenseNav  34

4 Basics of SenseNav  35

4.1  Main Display Area of SenseNav  35

4.2 Navigation Modes  36

4.2.1 GPS navigation (Live Mode)  36

4.2.2 Virtual Navigation   37

4.3.3 Switching Between Live and Virtual Navigation Modes  37

4.4 Using the Braille Display  38

4.5 Switching to Other Applications  39

4.6 Copying Information to the Clipboard   40

4.7 Resetting While Using SenseNav  40

4.8 Context Sensitive Help   41

4.9 Copy Protection   42

5 Location Search   42

5.1 Location Search by Address  42

5.1.1 Location Search by City Name   43

5.1.2 Location Search by Zip/Postal Code   44

5.1.3 Location Search Results  46

5.1.4 Tips for Street Name Searches  48

5.1.5 Tips for City Name Searches  48

5.1.6 Miscellaneous Location Lookup Items  50

5.2 Latitude and Longitude Coordinates  52

5.2.1 Searching For Latitude and Longitude Coordinates  53

6 Points of Interest (POIs)  55

6.1 General POI Information   55

6.1.1 POI Categories  56

6.1.2 Nearest POI Information   56

6.2 Searching For POIs  57

6.2.1 Near POIs  58

6.2.2 Simple POI Search   58

6.2.3 Advanced POI Search   59

6.2.4 POI Search Results  61

6.2.5 Tips for POI Searches  63

6.3 Working with User Points of Interest  65

6.3.1 Adding User POIs  66

6.3.2 Additional Ways of Adding User POIs  67

6.4 The User POI Manager  68

6.5 Additional POI commands  71

7 Routes  71

7.1 Route Menu (R)  74

7.2 Creating pedestrian or vehicle routes R P or R V   74

7.3 Create manual route R N   76

7.3.1 Set current position to waypoint (K) ALT-K   77

7.4 Load route (O) R O   78

7.5 Save route (S) R S  79

7.6 Export route as file (X) R X   80

7.7 Close current route (C) R C   81

7.8 Recalculate a route ALT-ACCENT  81

7.9 Reverse route R R   82

7.10 Route status (I) R I 82

7.11 Explore a route   83

7.12 Route announcement R A   84

7.13 Route management R M    85

7.14 Route options R T  85

7.15 Drive There and Walk There   88

7.16 Additional route commands  89

8 Looking Around   89

9 Virtual Navigation (V)  94

9.1 Virtual/GPS navigation toggle (V) V   95

9.2 Virtual explorer  95

9.3 Side of Street tracking. 96

10 Miscellaneous Functions of SenseNav  98

10.1 Copying Text to the Clipboard   99

10.2 Distance Traveled   99

10.3 Speed Announcement  100

10.4 Compass Heading  100

10.5 Force GPS Heading  101

10.6 Altitude   101

10.7 History List  102

10.7.1 Working With the History List  102

10.8 Favorites List  104

10.8.1 Adding Favorites  104

10.8.2 Working with the Favorites List  105

10.9 Virtual Annotate Intersection   107

10.9.1 Annotate Intersection List  107

10.9.2 Working with the Intersection Annotations Dialog Box  107

11 Waypoint (W)  110

11.1 Waypoint manager (W) INSERT-W    110

11.2 Near waypoint information (N) CONTROL-N   111

11.3 Next turn information (T) CONTROL-T  112

11.4 Turn list (I) INSERT-TAB   112

12 Information (I)  113

12.1 GPS status (G) ALT-G   114

12.2 Location information (I) CONTROL-I 114

12.3 Destination information (D) CONTROL-D   115

12.4 Nearest intersection (X) CONTROL-X   116

12.5 Next intersection (N) CONTROL-COMMA   117

12.6 Map information (M)  118

12.7 Additional informational commands from A to Z  118

13 Tools (T)  119

13.1 GPS date/time (T) CONTROL-U   119

13.2 Reset distance traveled (S) ALT-B   120

13.3 Custom dictionary (D)  120

13.4 Reconnect GPS receiver (R) ALT-R   122

13.5 GPS replay files ALT-Q   123

13.5.1 Starting a GPS Replay  125

13.5.2 Using a GPS Replay  126

13.5.3 Creating a Route from a GPS Replay  127

13.6 Repeat last command ENTER   128

14 Options (O)  128

14.1 Configuration (O) CONTROL-O   128

14.2 LookAround options (L) CONTROL-L  132

14.3 GPS receiver selection (G) CONTROL-G   134

14.4 Route options (R) CONTROL-R   135

14.5 Multiple commands (M) CONTROL-M    136

14.6 Route sounds (S) CONTROL-S  138

14.7 Customizing SenseNav sounds  140

14.8 Factory defaults  141

14.9 EZ Mode Toggle   142

15 About Sense Navigation (A)  142

16 Hotkeys  142

 


1 Introduction

 

Sense Navigation is a program developed by HIMS and Sendero Group which is powered by the Sendero GPS SDK. This program uses map data together with a GPS receiver, and gives information based on the map data. GPS satellites and massive location databases combine to create the potential for every place on earth to have a label. The Voice Sense and Braille Sense (Sense notetakers), together with map data and a GPS receiver make all labeled information accessible. Since GPS satellites can be picked up anywhere in the world, many consumer products already have access to this information. As the consumer demand for these technologies increases, there is more improvement for more accurate location information.

 

 

Here are just a few of the many features available when Using Sense Navigation (SenseNav) together with a GPS receiver. The rest of this manual gives complete information on the program features and capabilities. You can:

 

         Find out about your surroundings. Whether it is through points of interest (POIs) or through the LookAround features.

         Create a pedestrian or vehicle route to anywhere on the map based on your current live or virtual position.

         Customize the types of vehicle or pedestrian routes. For example, a vehicular route which avoids highways.

         Save routes and route instructions for future use or for sharing them with others.

         Virtually explore the route to get an idea of what the route will be like before you are actually there.

         Add and manage your own personal points of interest.

         Search for a location by city name or zip code.

         Quickly search for points of interest even if they are far away.

         Add frequently explored addresses or locations to a favorites list.

         Choose from Imperial, Metric, and Nautical measurements for distance and speed.

         Choose to display the prompt name along with the information, or just the information by itself.

         Copy any displayed information to the clipboard for later pasting inside another application such as the Word Processor.

         Configure commands to be automatically executed at regular intervals.

         Restore SenseNav to its factory defaults in case you made many changes and want to reset it to the way it was from the factory.

 

 

 

The following items are included with the purchase of SenseNav:

 

         A license key to enable Sense Navigation to operate on the Braille Sense or Voice Sense notetaker.  This is a string of characters you obtain from your account at http://www.gosendero.com.

         Online access to download map and POI data from http://www.GoSendero.com.

         Sendero Maps for the PC for virtual exploration, software and map management.

 

 

 

1.1 Using This Manual

 

If you are reading the manual from the Braille Sense or Voice Sense with the QWERTY keyboard, press CONTROL-F to open the search box. Then input two plus or two minus signs followed by a press of the ENTER key. To repeat the search, press F3.

 

 

1.2 Supported Devices

 

Sense Navigation is available for all HIMS Sense notetakers. This includes the Voice Sense, Braille Sense Plus BT, Braille Sense Plus QT, Braille Sense OnHand, Voice Sense QT, and Braille Sense U2. In order to use SenseNav successfully, the most recent firmware update must be installed. The firmware can be upgraded online by using the upgrade program found in the Utility menu of the Sense notetaker, or by downloading it from http://www.hims-inc.com. This version of the SenseNav manual is specific to the Sense notetakers with a QWERTY keyboard.

 

 

 

1.3 Terms and Concepts in the Manual

 

There are various terms and concepts used throughout the manual in order to demonstrate how something should be done or how something is announced or displayed. In order to minimize any confusion, the following is a list of some of the more common terms and their meanings.

 

1. SenseNav

SenseNav is the shortened name of Sense Navigation. When describing functions, announcements, or features of the GPS program, it will be referred to as SenseNav.

 

2. Sense notetaker

Since Sense Navigation can operate in more than one device, this term is used to refer to all Sense notetakers. If there is a feature which is specific to one notetaker and not the other, it is noted accordingly. Also, when the Braille display is mentioned, it refers to the included Braille display of the Braille Sense and Braille Sense Plus, or the USB-attached Sync Braille display for the Voice Sense which is sold separately.

 

3. Announce, Speak, or Display

When any of these terms are used, it refers to something which SenseNav says using the Sense notetaker's speech or something which is shown on the Braille display. These could be automatic announcements or the result of a SenseNav command. In most cases, anything which is spoken is also shown in Braille. However there are situations where the Braille display shows an abbreviated form of the announcement to save space.

 

4. Main display area

The main display area of SenseNav is the area in which no menus or dialog boxes are open. You can think of this area like the display screen of information. Information such as street names, heading, route information, and other GPS or virtual navigation messages are displayed here. The main display area is described in section 2.4 of this manual.

 

5. Current position

The current position means the position of either the physical location while you are in GPS navigation or the position of the virtual location while you are in Virtual navigation. The navigation modes are discussed in section 2 of this manual.

 

6. POI

A POI is a point of interest. These are entries in the POI database which can be anything on the map. i.e. Restaurants, hotels, stores, a person's home, ETC.

 

7. Measurements

By default SenseNav uses the Imperial system for measurements. This means that in many examples given, the terms feet and miles are used. However the features work the same when using other measurement systems such as Metric and Nautical.

 

 

 

1.4 Hot Keys and Menus

 

1. Hot keys with modifiers

Many of the functions of SenseNav are accessed by pressing hot keys. Typically these are combinations of letters pressed together with a modifier key such as CONTROL, ALT, or INSERT.

 

In this manual, hot keys with modifiers are capitalized and specified as follows:

- MODIFIER-LETTER

 

MODIFIER is either CONTROL, ALT, or INSERT. LETTER is a character on the keyboard. If the hot key uses a symbol instead of a letter, the symbol is spelled out, IE: percent for %.

 

For example: CONTROL-S means that the CONTROL key and S should be pressed simultaneously. Most hot keys are listed in the program menu which is accessed by pressing ALT.

 

 

2. Single-letter hot keys

Many of the functions of SenseNav are accessed by pressing single-letter hot keys. This allows you to press single letters without having to open the program menu with ALT. These hot keys might display information such as speed and heading, might open a sub-menu to change options or work with routes, or might open a dialog box to make more than one setting change at a time. Since opening the program menu with ALT would defeat the purpose of a single-letter hot key, most of them are not available from the program menu.

 

Some examples of single-letter hot keys follow:

R - Opens the Route menu which allows you to enter a route command such as P to create a pedestrian route or V to create a vehicle route.

O X Switches between EZ and XL modes.

S - Displays the current speed.

CONTROL-L – Opens the LookAround POI dialog box.

 

 

 

3. Program menu

The Program menu is the menu bar of SenseNav. Just like all program menus of the Sense notetaker, it can be opened by pressing ALT. When the Program menu is opened, the first menu is displayed. In the case of SenseNav, the first menu is the File menu with shortcut F. To move through the menu bar, press the UP and DOWN arrows. If you know the shortcut letter for a specific menu, you can simply enter that letter and the menu will open.

 

For example: To open the Information menu, press ALT, I. ALT opens the program menu and I is the shortcut for the Information menu.

 

 

4. Menu item

The menu item is one of the items listed when a menu is opened. To see the menu items for a particular menu, open the Program menu by either pressing ALT. UP or DOWN arrow to any menu then press ENTER. Now the menu items will be listed. To move through the menu items, press the UP or DOWN arrows. If you know the shortcut letter for a specific menu item, you can simply press the letter and the menu item will be executed. Some functions of SenseNav (such as the pronunciation dictionary) can only be accessed from the Program menu.

 

For example: To open the custom dictionary, press ALT, T, D. ALT opens the program menu, T opens the Tools menu, and D is the menu item for the custom dictionary.

 

 

5. Dialog boxes and prompts

There are some areas of SenseNav where a dialog box or prompt is opened. To cancel and close one of these, press ESCAPE. If the dialog box contains information which has been modified, pressing this hot key will close the box without saving any changes. If you want to save any changes made, press ENTER on the Confirm button instead.

 

 

6. Moving around

You can move around in SenseNav using different methods. If you are inside a list of items, pressing the letter of an item will quickly move you to that item so you don't have to use the arrows to reach it.

 

The list below shows different ways you can move around in the SenseNav program:

- Up: UP ARROW key

- Down: DOWN arrow key

- Tab to the next item: TAB

- Tab to the previous item: SHIFT-TAB

- Cancel a prompt or close a dialog box: ESCAPE

- Close SenseNav: ALT-F4

- Open the SenseNav program menu: ALT

- Close the SenseNav program menu: ESCAPE

 

 

 

1.5 Things to Know

 

A few things to keep in mind when using SenseNav:

 

1) In order to use SenseNav in GPS navigation mode, the Sense notetaker and GPS receiver must be paired and connected.

2) The sensitivity of the GPS receiver may not be stable or accurate if used inside a building.

3) It may take a long time to create a route if the distance between the starting point and the destination is very long. If it takes too much time and the GPS system locks up, press the reset button of the Sense notetaker to reboot it.

4) Most functions of SenseNav will work in both Virtual and GPS navigation modes. In cases where a function applies to only one mode, it is noted accordingly.

5) Most SenseNav hot keys can only be executed when you are in the main display area. This means while a dialog box or prompt is not opened.

 

 

1.6 Disclaimer

 

SenseNav together with a GPS receiver is designed to give as much information as possible, just like a commercial GPS system. However, just like there are limitations on commercial GPS products due to various factors, SenseNav is no different. Some of these limitations can include, but are not limited to:

 

         Lack of information about the physical road characteristics such as: elevation, obstacles, bridges, sidewalks, traffic controls, construction and other hazards.

         Map accuracy for newly developed areas.

         Traffic and weather conditions.

         Inaccurate or loss of GPS signals due to tall buildings or other interference.

 

Additionally, the routes that you create may not be safe or possible to follow. The individual user is wholly responsible for all issues related to personal safety and mobility. HIMS, Sendero Group, and its distributors advise all users that SenseNav is not a substitute for mobility skills with a cane or guide dog and recommends that users have good mobility skills before using any GPS orientation information to travel. HIMS, Sendero Group and its distributors assume no liability for accidents or injuries that occur from using any of our GPS products.

 

 

1.7 Scenarios

 

Once you have SenseNav properly configured in your Sense notetaker and it's paired with a GPS receiver, what can you do with it?  Here are a few examples:

 

1) I am a blind person in a car or bus, with minimal knowledge about the environmental information whizzing by my vehicle. I turn on my Voice Sense and load SenseNav. Upon getting a GPS fix, the point of Interest "LookAround" mode automatically starts announcing Points of Interest as I pass near them. When I want to look further away, I use the Simple Find command, ALT-F to see where to stop and grab a bite to eat.   

 

2) I want to find a restaurant called Las Lomas and would like to be routed to it from my present location. I know it is roughly 3 to 5 miles away. So I press the Simple Find command, ALT-F, select Restaurant for the category, all for the sub-category and Las Lomas for the search string. After the POI list is created, I locate Las Lomas Mexican Bar & Grill in the list of POIs. Then I press TAB to bring up the POI details where I can use the UP or DOWN arrows to see the restaurant details such as address and phone number. Once I'm satisfied that this is definitely the place I want, I TAB to the "Drive there ALT-D" button and press ENTER on it. SenseNav creates a vehicular route from my current position to Las Lomas, complete with Waypoints, turns and distances. I am now literally the blind back-seat navigator informing the driver of upcoming turns and exits.

 

3) We have family visiting during a 3-day weekend. On one of these days, just after lunch at Las Lomas, we want to do a little sightseeing. To find out what is in the vicinity of Las Lomas, I now use the Nearby Points of Interest command F to hear what Points of Interest are near the restaurant. Everything from museums to recreational horseback riding facilities may show up as I scroll through the database of nearby POIs with DOWN ARROW.

 

4) Once we settle on a place to visit, I select the “walk there” button. Sense Navigation automatickly creates a pedestrian route so we can walk to the destination by following the route directions created.

 

 

5) I am traveling to Indianapolis and want to familiarize myself with the street layout and restaurants near my intended hotel so that I can set a meeting. I find the hotel address using the L command. Then I press ALT-V to set my virtual position to the location of the hotel. I can now use the Virtual Explore mode to wander around the streets before I am actually there. Once I feel comfortable navigating the streets, I then use the Simple Find command ALT-F to search for nearby restaurants. I can then send the directions and the name of the restaurant to my colleagues. I can search for points in a circle or in a specific direction.

 

As you can see from these various scenarios, there are two general ways to use SenseNav. The first and probably most popular use of the GPS information is simply to be aware of one’s environment with the "LookAround" options. Traditionally, a blind person might get one percent of location information through a "sighted filter." With SenseNav, a blind user can independently "look around" and hear what businesses, addresses and intersections are nearby.

 

The second general use of SenseNav is to navigate to a specific destination along an automatically planned route. One can also create manual routes or edit automatic routes either in pedestrian oriented or vehicular routes. These routes can of course be used in conjunction with the LookAround information.

 

 

 

2 Installation and Setup

 

This version of the SenseNav manual is specific to the Sense notetakers with a QWERTY keyboard. The version specific to the Sense notetakers with the Braille keyboard is located in the Docs folder in the SenseNav documentation. In some cases there are duplicate keys which perform the same function. Refer to Section 16 of this manual for a complete hot key list. For general operation of the Sense notetaker itself, refer to its own manual.

 

If you are currently a registered SenderoMaps 2014 user, see the section on using the check for updates feature to download maps to your computer.  Also see the section on synchronizing to card or remote device.  Using SenderoMaps to install makes the process much easier as installers, license keys and maps are automatically put in the proper location...

 

 

2.1 Initial Setup

 

There are a few things which must be done before successfully using SenseNav. Some of them will only need to be done once, while others will have to be done every time. This section describes pairing the GPS receiver, loading the maps, and setting the POI author name. If you purchased SenseNav at the same time as the Sense notetaker, all of this might have already been done by Sendero Group or one of its dealers.

 

In order to purchase Sense Navigation, Sendero or your local dealer will need the following information.

1.     Your Sense Notetaker’s serial number. If you don’t know the serial number already, this can be located on the bottom of your note-taker.  It is in print and in Braille.

2.     Your Sense note-taker’s MAC address.  To obtain this information go to the program menu, press H for help, then scroll to information or press I.  If your Notetaker has two MAC addresses we need the first one.

Once your account has been set up to download your product and maps follow the below steps: 

1.     Go to http://www.gosendero.com and login with your User Id and password.  Note: your User Id is no longer your serial number.  Instead it is your device’s MAC address.  Your MAC address is located in the information section of help.  From the program menu, press H for help, then scroll to information or press I. 

2.     Download the SenseNavigation_2014.zip file.  Make a note of your Sendero License Key while logged into your account as you will need this in Step 8.

3.     You can also download the 2014 maps and POIs for your state, province or country.  Download and unzip the maps to the Maps folder of your storage card.

4.     Using a USB cable, connect your Sense Notetaker to your computer and unzip the installer zip file to the root of your flash disk.  If you go into file manager you should see a folder called “Sense Navigation”
 on your flash disk.  You can also just unzip the SenseNavigation_2014.zip file on your PC then copy the “Sense Navigation” folder contained within the zip file to the root of your Notetaker’s flash disk.

5.     Disconnect the USB cable from the Sense Notetaker. 

6.     Hard reset the Sense Notetaker by pressing and holding the forward media key and pressing the reset button.  Keep the forward media key held down until you hear the musical chime.  Note: the forward media key is to the left of the power switch.

7.     Press V or scroll to Sense Navigation and press ENTER.  The installation process will start.  When prompted press the reset button one more time.  Note in version 7 of the firmware, HIMS moved Sense Navigation from the main menu to the extras folder.  Press X then V to load Sense Navigation.

a.     If the installation does not start either you didn’t unzip and put the “Sense Navigation” folder on the root of your Flash Disk correctly in Step 3, or you still have your USB cable connected to your computer which you should have removed in Step 4.

b.     If that is not the problem maybe you didn’t get a complete download in Step 2.  Make sure the file size of the zip file matches what the website says is the file size,

8.     After you have performed the normal reset as per the installation instructions and the system has restarted press the V key to start Sense Navigation 2014.

9.     If this is your first time installing Sense Navigation, you will be prompted to read the license agreement, after accepting the license agreement you may be prompted for your license key.  Your Sendero License Key is located in your account at http://www.gosendero.com.

You are then asked if you would like to run in EZ mode or XL mode.  EZ has been designed to only give basic commands and information, for example, in EZ mode you cannot access virtual mode or some multiple repeat commands.  XL mode turns on all features.  Press Y to run in EZ mode, press N to run in XL mode.  You can switch between the two modes at any time by pressing O then X, this is a toggle.  Note: You will need to reinstall Sense Navigation if your battery goes flat or you have removed your battery because it is not in the firmware.  It is recommended to leave the Sense Navigation folder on your flash disk, in this way all you will need to do is start Sense Navigation to start the Sense Navigation installation after the revive.

 

 

 

2.1.1 Pairing the GPS Receiver

 

The Braille Sense U2, Braille Sense Onhand and Voice Sense qwerty all have internal receivers.  When installing Sense Navigation the internal receiver is automatically selected for you.  In order to successfully use SenseNav in a live environment, the Sense notetaker must be paired with a GPS receiver.

For operating instructions for your specific GPS receiver, refer to its manual or to the files located in the Receivers folder of the SenseNav Docs folder in the memory card.

 

Pairing an external Bluetooth GPS receiver with the Sense notetaker is done as follows:

1)    Turn on both the GPS receiver and the Sense notetaker.

2)    Press F9 until Bluetooth is enabled. If Bluetooth is already enabled, this hot key will turn it off.

3)    Press WINDOWS then L to open the Bluetooth Manager. The Sense notetaker will immediately begin scanning for available Bluetooth devices in range. After several seconds the Sense notetaker will display a list of available Bluetooth devices. [Note: If multiple GPS receivers are found, there will not be an accurate way of determining which is the correct receiver.]

4)    Press UP or DOWN arrow to select the GPS receiver then press ENTER to begin scanning for its services. When the service list is displayed, press ENTER on ActiveSync to establish a connection.

5)    Once the ActiveSync connection has been established, close the Bluetooth manager with ALT-F4.

 

At this point the Sense notetaker and the GPS receiver know about each other and will work together when they are in range. Note: If the Sense notetaker is ever reset back to its factory defaults from a revive or a firmware upgrade, it will need to be paired with the GPS receiver again. Simply follow the steps above to do this.

 

 

 

2.1.2 Installing the Memory Card and Launching SenseNav for the First Time

 

1)    Power on both the GPS receiver and the Sense notetaker. [Note: for best performance, we recommend that the external GPS receiver be powered on a couple minutes prior to launching SenseNav.]

2)    Press WINDOWS to focus the main program menu.

3)    Insert the supplied memory card into the appropriate slot and wait for the confirmation sound to play.

4)    Press F9 until Bluetooth is enabled. If Bluetooth is already enabled, this hot key will turn it off.

5)    Scroll to Sense Navigation and press enter to launch SenseNav. In later versions of the Sense firmware, Sense Navigation is located in the Extras menu.

 

If this is the first time, you may be prompted for your map license key. 

To Enter Map License key:

1)    If prompted press ALT-L to enter your map license key.

2)    Type the license key you obtained from http://www.gosendero.com.  If you used SenderoMaps to download your maps and installers the key will be imported automatically.

 

When SenseNav launches for the first time, the map data location and the GPS receiver type will not be set if your device does not have an internal receiver.

 

To tell SenseNav the location of your maps, do the following:

From SenseNav, press ALT-O. Map and POI Folder.  You are presented with a dialog.  The first item shows your list of available maps.  You might see something like California with Washington and Oregon.  If you have multiple maps in a map folder you are given this information.  You might also see New York by itself. This means that New York is the only map within that folder.

 

Use your arrow keys to scroll to the map or group of maps you would like to switch to and press ENTER.  If you switch to a group of maps your virtual position is not on one of those loaded maps, you are automatically placed on a map.  This gives you a starting place in virtual mode. 

 

1)    The next button is a browse button.  Use this button to choose the drive and folder containing the Map files, for example the automatic detection is unable to locate the maps you are looking for.  Selecting the browse button will then ask you to choose a map folder.

2)    You will be placed on one of the memory storage devices such as the Flashdisk or SD card. If your maps are located in a place other than the default location, press BACKSPACE until the correct storage device is displayed. Press ENTER on that device and then navigate to the correct folder using a combination of the ENTER key and the arrow keys. It is important that you not press ENTER once you reach the folder containing your map files.

3)    Press SPACE to select the map folder, then press ENTER and SenseNav will load the maps contained in the selected map folder.

 

1)    You will be placed on one of the memory storage devices such as the Flashdisk or SD card. If your maps are located in a place other than the default location, press BACKSPACE until the correct storage device is displayed. Press ENTER on that device and then navigate to the correct folder using a combination of the ENTER key and the arrow keys. It is important that you not press ENTER once you reach the folder containing your map files.

2)    Press SPACE to select the map folder, then press ENTER and SenseNav will load the maps contained in the selected map folder.

 

 

2.1.3 Choosing the GPS Receiver Type

 

Hot key: CONTROL-G

 

Once SenseNav has been authorized and the maps have loaded successfully, it will only operate in virtual mode. This is because by default, the GPS receiver type is set to None if your notetaker does not have an internal receiver.  If your notetaker has a built in receiver it will automatically be selected for you and you can ignore this section.

 

To choose the GPS receiver type, do the following:

1)    From SenseNav, press CONTROL-G. This will open the GPS receiver selection dialog box.

2)    The GPS receiver is set to none by default. Press SPACE or BACKSPACE until the correct type of GPS receiver connection is selected. I.E. Bluetooth (ActiveSync) or Internal GPS.

3)    Press ENTER and SenseNav will look for the GPS receiver and connect to it.

 

Once the connection has been established SenseNav will announce that it has obtained a GPS fix. Then the street and city name are announced. Now you can press V to toggle between GPS and Virtual navigation. You can also press G to display the GPS receiver accuracy. [Note: If you are inside a building, SenseNav may not obtain a satellite fix right away or at all. Moving near a window will help to obtain a fix.]

 

If a connection has not been established after a minute, press ALT-R to attempt to connect again. Also, the external GPS receiver must have already been paired with the Sense notetaker prior to configuring SenseNav.

 

 

 

2.1.4 Setting the POI Author Name

 

Hot key: O, A

 

The POI author name is required so that new user points of interest and favorites can be added. To set the POI author name, do the following:

 

1)    From SenseNav, press O, A. This will open a prompt with an edit box.

2)    Type your initials or your full name. The appropriate type of input will need to be used depending on the View/Input mode setting in the Sense notetaker.

3)    Press ENTER and SenseNav will store the name you entered and the edit box will close.

 

The information you provide in the POI Author edit box is displayed in the Author field when viewing POI details. This information is necessary when adding a new user POI. If you don't add the author name when first setting up SenseNav, you will be prompted to do so when you add your first user POI. The POI author name can be changed any time by following the above steps.

 

 

 

2.2 Proper Startup and Shutdown of SenseNav

 

As mentioned previously, the steps in Section 2.1 should only be done the first time SenseNav is used or after a hard reset or firmware upgrade of the Sense notetaker. This section describes proper startup and shutdown of SenseNav in a typical usage situation.

 

 

 

2.2.1 SenseNav Startup

 

To properly start SenseNav, do the following:

 

1)    Power on both an external GPS receiver if using one and the Sense notetaker. [Note: for best performance, we recommend that the external GPS receiver be powered on a couple minutes prior to launching SenseNav.]

2)    Press WINDOWS to focus the main program menu.

3)    Insert the supplied memory card into the appropriate slot and wait for the confirmation sound to play.

4)    If using an external receiver, press F9 until Bluetooth is enabled. If Bluetooth is already enabled, this hot key will turn it off.

5)    Select Sense Navigation from the menu to launch SenseNav.  Note depending on the firmware installed, Sense Navigation may be under the Extras menu.

 

Note: Depending on how many maps are loaded, SenseNav could take up to one minute while the data is loaded. During this time the Sense notetaker will play a series of progress beeps. The preceding steps are the typical ones used for every-day use. Once SenseNav has finished loading the maps, it will obtain a GPS fix. If one is obtained, it will announce the street and city name.

 

 

 

2.2.2 SenseNav Shutdown

 

To properly shutdown SenseNav, do the following:

 

1)    From SenseNav, press ALT-F4. SenseNav will prompt you if you are sure you want to close it.

2)    Press ENTER if you are sure you want to shutdown SenseNav.

3)    After SenseNav has closed, press F9 to turn Bluetooth off if you are using an external receiver.

4)    Power off the Sense notetaker.

 

We recommend that SenseNav is closed prior to turning off the external GPS receiver. Also, if you have an open route when you press ALT-F4, SenseNav will prompt you if you want to save it. If you choose the Yes button, the file save as dialog box opens and you can type the file name of what you want to call the route. Whether you save the route or not, the next prompt will be if you are sure you want to Shutdown SenseNav. When SenseNav is closed, the destination set, last GPS position, and Virtual pposition are saved.

 

 

 

2.3 Properly Wearing the External GPS Receiver

 

For pedestrian travel, the GPS receiver tracks satellites best when located on top of your shoulder, facing the sky. The GPS receiver custom case which is included with SenseNav contains a belt clip to secure the GPS receiver onto the Sense notetaker shoulder strap. It doesn't matter which hand you operate the Sense notetaker with, although you may want to situate it so it's the opposite hand which uses a cane or holds a dog's harness. The shoulder strap is reversible, so you are free to experiment with which configuration feels best for you. If your right shoulder is through the strap, you would probably put the GPS receiver on your left shoulder and vice versa. If your Bluetooth connection is intermittent, make sure you have the GPS receiver and Sense notetaker on the same side of your body. The receiver will probably work fine inside a purse or clipped to your belt.

 

Note: For operation in a vehicle, you may wish to put the receiver on the back dash of a car or clip it near or on a window. (We strongly recommend that you keep it away from the air bag as the receiver could become a missile if the air bag deploys).

 

 

 

2.4 About Maps

 

Maps are an integral part of the GPS software's capabilities. The map data is developed and maintained by TomTom and licensed to Sendero Group for use in Sendero-based GPS systems such as the Sense notetakers and SenseNav. Map data updates may be available about once a year. Updated Maps and POIs can be downloaded from http://www.GoSendero.com/. The Sense notetaker MAC address and a password are required to access your account.

 

To obtain your Sense Notetaker’s MAC address do the following:

 

1)    Press WINDOWS to display the program menu.

2)    Press H for help.

3)    Press I for information.

4)    Scroll through the information list by using UP or DOWN ARROW.  Note if your Notetaker has more than one MAC address, the first address is the one you are looking for.

 

The entire U.S. map data occupies around 13GB. Because of this, these maps are compiled by U.S. states. There are at least 3 map files for each state map section. Some states are broken up into more than one section, for example, Texas is split into 5 sections and there are a few additional files making up a total of 9 for it alone. By default, SenseNav comes preinstalled with either the U.S. or Canada maps. Please contact Sendero Group for information on purchasing additional maps for other countries.

 

 

 

2.4.1 Map Storage

 

Map data is available for download from http://www.GoSendero.com/. In order to successfully download the files, you must log in with your Sense notetaker MAC address and password. In most cases however, the entire U.S. or Canada maps are already contained in a memory card as part of the SenseNav package.

 

You can have up to 75 map sections and 75 POI files in a given map folder on the Braille Sense Plus or Voice Sense. However, access times and software are more stable with fewer states loaded.

Maps can be stored on any storage card, (such as a 16GB or 32GB Compact Flash card or SD card). As long as there is room, the capacity does not matter. Be careful when managing map files that the entire group of files per state or country are selected. Some states are divided into multiple map segments. If you are likely to be changing maps often, we recommend keeping each group of state files in its own directory. For example, Maps Southeast, Maps Northwest, ETC.

 

By default, the U.S. maps are separated into 9 sections. This means there are 9 map folders to choose from when configuring SenseNav. If your card contains the maps for Canada or other countries, only 1 map folder is used.

 

 

 

2.4.2 Transferring Downloaded Maps to the Sense Notetaker

 

Transferring files from a PC to the Sense notetaker can be accomplished in a number of ways using a PC or laptop. For specific details on using Windows Explorer, refer to the Windows manual.  An easy way to download maps is by using the check for updates feature in SenderoMaps.  Press f3 to check for updates.  Download the map you wish to copy, once that is complete, press F4 to synchronize the map/POI/installer.  If you do not have access to SenderoMaps or are using a mac, follow the steps below.

 

 

1)    Using Windows Explorer, locate the folder which contains the downloaded map zip files.

2)    Press the APPLICATIONS (CONTEXT menu) key and arrow to Extract All.

3)    Choose the Next buttons in the extract wizard, making sure to not change the name of the extraction folder.

4)    When the wizard finishes extracting the map files, it will show a Finish button. Choose this button and a new folder (showing the extracted files) will open.

5)    Also using Windows Explorer, locate the drive for the Compact Flash card or SD card. For the fastest results, we recommend that you use a card reader.

6)    Create a new folder inside the memory card and call it Maps.

7)    Go back to the folder from step 4 and select all the files with CONTROL-A.

8)    Copy the files to the clipboard with CONTROL-C.

9)    Go to the newly created Maps folder in the memory card and paste the files with CONTROL-V.

 

Repeat these steps for each state you want to copy to the memory card. If you want, you can have several states in one map folder. So there is no reason to create a new folder for each map you copy to the memory card. For example if you live in Colorado, but frequently visit family in Kansas, you may want to copy the map files for Colorado and Kansas into 1 Maps folder in the memory card. This way when you run SenseNav, only these 2 maps are loaded.

 

Note: if you are upgrading from a previous version, SenseNav will remove older maps and POIs from your maps folder.  For example you have the Alabama map from last year installed.  Once you install the current Alabama map, last year’s Alabama Maps and POIs are automatically removed.  This is good as last year’s map is just taking up disk space.

 

 

3 GPS Basics and Accuracy

 

This section covers some of the concepts, issues and background information about the Global Positioning System (GPS). The SenseNav program, together with a Sense notetaker is an excellent navigation aid, but it does not replace the need for actual orientation and mobility. This is where good judgment is needed. Never rely solely on GPS or any one device for navigating.

 

 

 

3.1 About GPS Satellites

 

The U.S. Government operates the Global Positioning System (GPS) and is solely responsible for the accuracy and maintenance of GPS.  Certain conditions can make the system less accurate. There are 24 U.S. military satellites in the Global Positioning System, 12 in each hemisphere and they circuit the earth twice a day.  Although your receiver may be able to pick up as many as 12 satellites, three or more signals are necessary to determine the GPS position.  Some GPS receivers offer additional accuracy through the use of a fixed (geostationary) satellite called WAAS, Wide Area Augmentation System.

 

It is possible to get a reading of Good with 4 or more satellites or Poor with 5 or more satellites.  A Good reading is better than a Poor reading no matter the number of satellites.  The quality of the satellite signal determines the quality rating announced by SenseNav. The user has no control over the WAAS satellite detection; this feature will automatically turn on when it is available from the satellite.

 

A similar system in Europe called EGNOS is now implemented.  Having WAAS or EGNOS improves the accuracy, so you might hear accuracy distances lower than 16 feet or 5 meters.  However, if all the satellites are coming from the same angle you could have WAAS/EGNOS enabled and still have a poor reading.

 

 

 

 

3.2 Signal Blind Spots

 

Since the GPS receiver detects information from satellites orbiting the earth, the antenna needs to have a relatively unobstructed view of the sky. Large obstructions such as buildings, cliffs and overhangs may interfere with signal reception, reducing accuracy or eliminating tracking altogether. This is called the "urban canyon effect." For example, if you are in a city with 50 story buildings on all sides, the satellite signals would be blocked completely. However, if there is a tall building on one side only, you may still be able to receive enough signals from other satellites to determine a position.

 

Changing your location by even a few feet can make a difference.  For instance, walking on the outer edge of a sidewalk versus up against the building may help.  Positioning yourself on a corner at an intersection may also help.  There is a better view of satellites while in a car in the street versus up against a building.

 

The location of the receiver on your body may also make a difference to reception.  If you are among tall buildings or near an overhang, you may begin tracking faster if you hold the receiver up and away from your body.  Face away from the building.  Once the receiver begins tracking, it should continue doing so attached to the Sense notetaker shoulder strap. If you need to have it inside a backpack or enclosed because of rain or snow, the GPS signals should be picked up through clothing or vinyl materials.

 

The good thing is that among tall buildings in big cities, where GPS is less reliable, there are more people to ask for directions. Out in the open where there are fewer people to ask for directions, the GPS availability and accuracy is best. We feel this is a convenient trade-off.

 

 

 

3.3 Using SenseNav Indoors or in a Vehicle

 

GPS signals cannot usually be picked up in-doors; however you may be able to pick up signals inside a house with a wooden roof or inside a bus with a fiberglass roof. You may also be successful in picking up signals with the receiver in the window of a bus or train. The best location for the receiver is on the dash or window of a car. Note: Highly tinted and mirrored windows can block satellites. We also recommend that you secure the GPS receiver as it may become a projectile if you stop suddenly.

 

 

 

3.4 Picking Up Satellite Signals

 

The GPS receiver needs to track at least 3 satellites to determine a position.  Some receivers may provide an approximate position with less than 3 satellites.  Once the receiver acquires a position, the information is sent to your Sense notetaker.  It can take anywhere from 1 second to five minutes before a position is tracked depending upon how long it has been since you last turned the receiver on and how clear a view of the sky you have.

 

During this acquisition period, you will get the message searching for satellites and the number found.  For example: “Searching for satellites, 2 found.”  This is especially handy for slower receivers.  If your GPS receiver is not connected or there is a problem between the receiver and the Sense notetaker, SenseNav will inform you that it was unable to connect to the GPS receiver. In this case, make sure your receiver is actually turned on and that Bluetooth is enabled in the Sense notetaker. Press ALT-R to make another attempt to connect with the receiver. If you still cannot acquire satellites, see the Getting Started section in this manual for instructions.

 

Once you have acquired a GPS position you are given a summary of your current location and the estimated GPS accuracy.

For example: "Acquired position, 10620 Kimberley Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, WAAS 13 feet, 9 satellites." In the above example 10620 Kimberley Avenue is the nearest address, Cleveland is the city and Ohio is the state.

 

Once you begin to move, the receiver calculates the change in your position approximately every second using the satellite signals.  The average of your heading is calculated to minimize the variations in heading due to GPS fluctuations.  After moving in a consistent direction for 15 to 20 seconds, your direction of travel is determined and can be announced by SenseNav.

 

When you stop moving, your heading should be locked on your most recent direction of travel.  So keep in mind which direction you were heading before you stopped walking. If you spin around in circles, you must begin walking for 10 to 15 seconds before your new direction of travel will be accurate, (although you may obtain a heading sooner). When you make a turn, walk for several seconds before asking for a heading.

 

 

 

3.5 SenseNav and Map Data Accuracy

 

To maximize the information and navigation benefits of SenseNav, it is important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the Global Positioning System itself. You can improve the use of your GPS location information by knowing how the system works.

 

The accuracy scale in SenseNav is geared so you know how much to trust the information given. For example if you press G and SenseNav says "1050 feet, 3 satellites", take note of the large accuracy distance of 1050 feet. This is a good indication of how much to trust the GPS information. Move a little and try again to double check. Try to get in a more open area so you can get better accuracy. Keep in mind that you must be tracking satellites for 30 feet (10 meters) or more before your direction of travel can be determined. You can also obtain a quality rating and detailed GPS accuracy reading by pressing Q.  The quality ratings are: Poor, Fair, Good and Very Good.

 

 

 

3.6 Accuracy of SenseNav Announcements

 

This section explains what to expect when using SenseNav in Live GPS navigation mode. First, check the GPS accuracy by pressing the G command. We recommend you press this command a couple of times so you can be sure of the accuracy.

 

If the GPS receiver is tracking satellites, SenseNav will announce: "GPS accuracy: WAAS (if available), X feet, Y satellites."

 

Replace X with the number of feet and Y with the number of satellites as in, "GPS accuracy: WAAS, 13 feet, 10 satellites." If it first says "WAAS," that indicates the receiver is tracking the extra WAAS satellites, which enhance accuracy. The word WAAS may be heard in countries where the enhanced accuracy is not fully implemented. If you are tracking more than 3 satellites, the receiver will determine which satellites are more accurate and will use the best signals. It is not only the number of satellites that determines position quality but also the relative position of the satellites to each other.  Because of atmospheric anomalies, there are times when positions are inaccurate for no obvious reason.

 

If you are tracking less than 3 satellites when you press G, you will hear: Searching for satellites and the number found.  For example “Searching for satellites, 2 found.” 

 

To get more GPS tracking details, press Q for GPS quality.

 

If you are tracking satellites when you press Q, you will hear: "GPS quality: WAAS (if available), X feet, Y satellites, H and V."

 

Replace X with the number of feet, Y with the number of satellites, H with the HDOP value, and V with the VDOP value. The Horizontal Dilution of Precision (HDOP) and Vertical Dilution of Precision (VDOP) are measures of the GPS receiver/satellite geometry.  A low DOP value indicates better relative geometry and higher corresponding accuracy.  Accuracies may range from three to a thousand feet but will average in the 30 foot range.

 

The last way to check how well you are tracking is with the Heading command. Once you are heading in a given direction of travel, press H or RIGHT_BRACKET repeatedly to ensure that you are getting consistent compass heading information.  This will not only impact your heading but all information relative to your heading such as Points of Interest or your destination.

 

The heading information is announced as: "Heading: X (YY)

 

Replace X with a compass direction such as North, Northeast, ETC. Replace YY with a degree value from 0 to 359. 0 means perfect North, 90 means perfect East, 180 means perfect South, and 270 means perfect West. So if your heading is announced as E (87), it means you are going East at 88 degrees. Not perfect East, but close enough that most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

 

 

 

3.7 Getting Oriented Using SenseNav

 

You can start walking and get a compass direction from SenseNav after about 30 feet (10 meters). If you do not intuitively know the cardinal compass directions, having a talking or tactile compass with you can assist you in heading directly to the destination announced by SenseNav. Even if you do not start moving, the absolute position of the destination announced should be reliable. If you have a pedestrian route loaded and walk in the wrong direction for 30 feet (10 meters), you will hear a warning sound. In a vehicle route, the wrong direction warning comes after moving 100 feet (30 meters) in the wrong direction.

 

If you know the direction you will be walking in, you can force the GPS heading before moving in any direction by pressing CONTROL-H. A list opens and you can choose a cardinal direction. This can be useful in situations where you know the direction you are moving in and you don't yet have a GPS fix.

 

If you do not have a route opened, you can still work your way to your destination using the "getting warmer" method. Try to get the destination to be announced ahead of you at the 11 o'clock, 12 o'clock or 1 o'clock positions. Once you get close to the destination, the announcement starts to move away from the 12 o’clock heading. When it gets to your 3 o’clock (right) or 9 o’clock (left) position, it is time to make a 90-degree turn.  This does not tell you if there is a through street, but it gets you in the vicinity.  You also want the destination distance to steadily decline as you move toward it.  If it suddenly increases, double and triple check the distance so you know you are not getting a bogus reading.  You may very well have veered off track but it is best to make sure. 

 

 

 

4 Basics of SenseNav

 

This section describes some of the basic functions of SenseNav. It is assumed that SenseNav has already been properly configured for initial use. Refer to Section 2.1 and Section 2.2 for setup and proper startup instructions.

 

 

 

4.1  Main Display Area of SenseNav

 

The main display area of SenseNav consists of various static boxes which display different pieces of information.

 

All information can quickly be accessed by using the following methods:

1)    Hot keys

2)    Tab and shift-tab

3)    The first seven cursor routing keys of the Braille display

 

 

Pressing a hot key displays information immediately and that information will remain on the display until a new piece of information is automatically announced or another hot key is pressed.

 

The information from Tab/Shift-Tab and the cursor routing keys available is as follows:

         Street. The street name of the current position.

         Heading. The compass direction and degrees that the current position is facing. Example: NE (45).

         Speed. The speed in which you are traveling.

         Altitude. The current altitude of the GPS receiver.

         Distance traveled. The distance that you have moved either in Live GPS or Virtual mode.

         Latitude. The North/South coordinates of the current position.

         Longitude. The East/West coordinates of the current position.

 

Note: Speed and Altitude are only displayed when you are in GPS navigation. If you are in Virtual navigation, the name and description of the current waypoint are displayed instead.

 

 

4.2 Navigation Modes

 

SenseNav has two navigation modes; GPS and Virtual.

 

 

 

 

4.2 Navigation Modes

 

SenseNav has two navigation modes; GPS and Virtual.

 

 

 

4.2.1 GPS navigation (Live Mode)

 

GPS navigation is the mode where SenseNav and the GPS receiver are communicating with each other and the data shown is based on real time information. So if you are walking North along a street, pressing the heading command will cause SenseNav to display, "Heading: North (0)." This means you are moving North and the degrees you are traveling is 0. Any time you are in GPS navigation mode, your current position is the physical position of where the GPS receiver is being tracked. If you create a route to an address, coordinate, or POI, the route will guide you to the destination using your physical location as the starting point. When you close SenseNav, the live position is remembered. This makes it so getting a live fix is much faster when you launch SenseNav again and you are in the same place.

 

 

 

4.2.2 Virtual Navigation

 

Virtual Navigation is the mode where you simulate movement on a map. One of the most common uses for virtual navigation is to explore a city or new area from the comfort of your home, hotel, or other stationary place. Routes can be created and followed while you are in this mode regardless of whether a GPS receiver is connected to the Sense notetaker. Routes created and saved while you are in virtual mode can be used when you switch to GPS navigation and physically travel to the starting location of the route. If you launch SenseNav and it does not have a GPS receiver configured, or if the GPS receiver connection is not established, you are placed in the last virtual position from the last time SenseNav was used. If SenseNav does not know the last position used or the last position is no longer on a map, then the virtual position is set to the first map loaded.

 

 

 

4.3.3 Switching Between GPS and Virtual Navigation Modes

 

Hot key: V

Menu: ALT, V, V

 

You can toggle between Live and Virtual Navigation at any time by pressing V. The method used to toggle navigation modes is the same, meaning if you are in virtual navigation, you will switch to GPS. If you are in GPS navigation, you will switch to virtual.

 

Using the hot key is much faster because all you do is press the letter V from the main display area to switch between the navigation modes. If you switch to GPS navigation mode and you do not have a receiver connected, SenseNav displays the last known live position. If you simply want to know which navigation mode you are currently in, press ALT-I and SenseNav will announce the current navigation mode.

 

 

 

4.4 Using the Braille Display

 

All the information spoken by SenseNav appears on the Braille display. This can be especially useful if you are hard of hearing, or if you are using SenseNav in a noisy environment. Rather than displaying a message in its entirety, there are certain words or phrases which are abbreviated to save space on the display. The following is a list of which messages are abbreviated and the Braille symbols used for them.

 

Cardinal direction abbreviations

         N  North

         NE Northeast

         E  East

         SE Southeast

         S  South

         SW Southwest

         W  West

         NW Northwest

 

Route message abbreviations

- d:  destination name, distance, and direction

- nt: next turn instructions

- wp: waypoint list

- cw: name of current waypoint

- dw: heading and distance to nearest waypoint

 

Automatic LookAround announcement abbreviations

- lx:  automatic LookAround name of the next intersection

- nx:  basic information of the next intersection

- nxd: detailed information of the next intersection

- xx:  basic information of the nearest intersection

- xxd: detailed information of the nearest intersection

- la:  automatic LookAround annotation of a GPS replay

- lp: automatic LookAround name and category of a POI

- ls:  automatic LookAround name of a new street

- lc:  automatic LookAround name of a new city

- lz:  automatic LookAround of a new zip code

- lm:  automatic LookAround name of a new map

 

POI abbreviations

- np: name of nearest POI

- pd: nearest POI description

- pl: POI list

- up: user POI list

 

Miscellaneous abbreviations

- dt:  distance traveled

- fl:  favorites list

- hl:  history list

- na:  nearest address number

- sa:  speed alert

- lat: latitude coordinate

- lon: longitude coordinate

 

 

 

4.5 Switching to Other Applications

 

While using SenseNav, you can switch to other applications in the Sense notetaker. Press WINDOWS to open the list of programs, then arrow to the program you want and press ENTER.

 

For example: Press WINDOWS, W to open the Word processor. SenseNav will remain in the background and you can now write or edit a document in the Word processor.

 

To switch between the Word processor and SenseNav, use the ALT-TAB method of the Sense notetaker by pressing ALT-TAB.

 

While you are in another application of the Sense notetaker, SenseNav will continue communicating with the GPS receiver and your position, speed, heading, and any other navigational information will still be updated. You will even hear the sounds associated with SenseNav such as street changes and up-coming intersections.

 

 

 

4.6 Copying Information to the Clipboard

 

Hot key: CONTROL-C

 

Copying text from an edit box from within any program of the Sense notetaker has always been possible. You simply select the text you want to copy, then you press CONTROL-C to copy it to the clipboard. Later, you can paste the clipboard contents into another program by pressing CONTROL-V. SenseNav is a little different because the majority of the information it displays is contained inside a static box which you cannot edit. Normally if you cannot edit the static box, you cannot select text to copy. However there are times when you would like to copy and paste certain information from SenseNav into another program like the address book or a text file in the word processor. When SenseNav is displaying any information in a static box, you can press CONTROL-C and the contents of the static box is copied to the clipboard as if you had first selected the text to copy.

 

Example:

1)    From the main display area of SenseNav, press the letter A to display the nearest address.

2)    Press CONTROL-C to copy this information to the clipboard.

3)    Press WINDOWS, W to open the word processor of the Sense notetaker.

4)    Press CONTROL-V to paste the clipboard contents into the blank document.

 

When you read the current line you will find that the output of the nearest address command is now pasted into the document. Information which can be copied to the clipboard can be any output from a command entered in the main display area of SenseNav, and any information displayed in static boxes from searching for addresses, POIs, waypoints, or coordinates.

 

4.7 Resetting While Using SenseNav

 

If you find that SenseNav has become unresponsive, or you have accidentally started creating a 500 mile route, performing a soft reset of the Sense notetaker is the only option. To soft-reset the Sense notetaker, press the reset button on the back for 2 seconds. When SenseNav is reset, the distance traveled is reset to 0, and an open route is not saved. All other settings are retained. So there should be little impact from pressing the Reset button.

 

Speaking of long routes, if you try to create a pedestrian route more than 25 miles long or a driving route more than 200 miles long, SenseNav will ask to confirm that you want to create this route.

 

 

 

4.8 Context Sensitive Help

 

Hot key: F1

 

Context Sensitive Help is available in SenseNav just as it is available elsewhere in the Sense notetaker. When you press F1 from the main display area of SenseNav, the help menu opens and you are presented with a menu list of help categories.

 

Each of the menu items contains a submenu list of the commands for that category. Navigating each menu and submenu is done the same as navigating other menus in the Sense notetaker. To close the help system, press ALT-F4. If you want to back out of a submenu and return to the prior menu, press ESCAPE. If you are on the main list of help categories and you press ESCAPE, the help system will close. When the help system closes, you are returned to the main display area of SenseNav.

 

 

 

4.9 Copy Protection

 

Each copy of the SenseNav program is tied to a specific Sense notetaker. The GPS receiver can be used on multiple units, but SenseNav is specific to a particular unit’s MAC Address. The software, Points of Interest, and map data for the countries you purchased are also licensed for use only on your specific Sense notetaker. User defined Points of Interest can be shared with users of other Sendero-based GPS software and are not copy protected. You may also hear copy protection referred to as a security key, license key, or as Digital Rights Management.

 

 

 

5 Location Search

 

There are various ways to search for locations on the map. They include; searching by address, searching by latitude and longitude coordinates, and searching by points of interest. This section discusses address and coordinate searches. Points of interest are discussed in Section 6.

 

 

 

5.1 Location Search by Address

 

Hot key: L

Menu: ALT, S, S

 

Searching for a location by address is one of the most commonly used features of SenseNav. For example, it can be used to set a friend’s home as your destination or to virtually explore a new city you may be visiting. You can look up an address in two ways; by city name or by zip/postal code. You can also view the location history list and favorites list for quick access to previously saved locations. This section describes how to search for a location by city name and zip/postal code.

 

To search for a location by city name or zip/postal code, press L. When the Search Location dialog box opens, it will prompt you for the type of search you want to perform.

 

While the Location Search dialog box is open:

         You can press TAB repeatedly to reach the other controls in the dialog box.

         If you know the hot key for a button in the dialog box, you can press it instead of pressing TAB repeatedly to reach the specific button. I.E.  Press CONTROL-P to activate the Previous button, ALT-D to create a driving route, and ALT-W to create a walking route.

         You can press ESCAPE to close the dialog box and return to the main display area without taking any action.

 

 

 

5.1.1 Location Search by City Name

 

The first way to search for a location is by city name.

The following steps show how to lookup the address, 10999 Amor Avenue, Cleveland OH 44108, which is one of the locations where Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created Superman. 

 

To search for the address by city name, do the following:

 

1)    Press L from the main display area. A combo box of location search types will display. The default is City. Press SPACE or BACKSPACE to choose from the different search types such as City, Zip/postal, Favorites, and History. However for this example we are using City. After choosing the City option, press TAB or ENTER to move to the map list.

2)    SenseNav will display the list of available maps. When the list of maps displays, the map which matches your current position will be selected. For example, if SenseNav is loaded with Ohio, Texas, and Utah and your current location is Ohio, this is the map which will be selected. However if only 1 map is loaded in SenseNav, there will only be 1 to choose from. Press UP or DOWN arrow to choose Ohio from the list, then press TAB or ENTER to move to the city name edit box.

3)    SenseNav will display the city name edit box which will be populated with the name of the city your current position is in. For example if your current position is in Cleveland, this is what will appear in the edit box. Type the city name, "Cleveland" if it is not already there and press TAB or ENTER to search for the city.

4)    SenseNav will display the list of cities which match the name you typed. Since in this example you typed "Cleveland", 3 cities are listed. Had you typed something shorter such as "san" for San Francisco, California, then 74 cities would be listed since there are 74 city names with "san" as part of their name. Press UP or DOWN arrow to choose Cleveland, then press TAB or ENTER to move to the address number edit box.

5)    SenseNav will display the address number edit box. Note: If you want to search for cross streets, leave this field blank and press tab to move to the "street search type combo box" and select cross streets. Type the address number, "10999" and press TAB or ENTER to move to the street name edit box.

6)    SenseNav will display the street name edit box. Type Amo and press TAB or ENTER to search for the street. Please note, if only 1 street matches the name you type in this edit box, the street list is skipped and the search is done immediately.

7)    SenseNav will display the list of streets which match the name you typed. Since in this example you typed "Amo", there are 2 streets beginning with the characters Amo to choose from. Press UP or DOWN arrow to choose Amor Avenue, then press TAB or ENTER to perform the search.

 

You are now moved to the search results area. If SenseNav displays a static box with a distance value, it means that the location was found. Refer to Section 5.1.3 for details on the search results and the actions available.

 

 

5.1.2 Location Search by Zip/Postal Code

 

The second way to do a location lookup is by Zip/Postal code.  In the previous section, we described in detail how to lookup the address where Superman was created by using the city search.  The steps below show how to lookup the same address, 10999 Amor Avenue, Cleveland OH 44108, by using the zip code 44108.

 

To search for the address by zip/postal code, do the following:

 

1)    Press L from the main display area. A combo box of location search types will display. The default is City. Press SPACE or BACKSPACE to choose from the different search types such as City, Zip/postal, Favorites, and History. However for this example we are using Zip/postal. After choosing the Zip/postal option, press TAB or ENTER to move to the map list.

2)    SenseNav will display the list of available maps. When the list of maps displays, the map which matches your current position will be selected. For example, if SenseNav is loaded with Ohio, Texas, and Utah, and your current location is Ohio, this is the map which will be selected. However if only 1 map is loaded in SenseNav, there will only be 1 to choose from. Press UP or DOWN arrow to choose Ohio from the list, then press TAB or ENTER to move to the zip code edit box.

3)    SenseNav will display the zip/postal edit box which will be populated with the zip code your current position is in. For example if your current position is in Cleveland, the zip code, "44108" might appear in the edit box. Type the zip code, "44108" if it is not already there and press TAB or ENTER to search for it.

4)    SenseNav will display the list of zip codes which match the value you typed. Since in this example you typed "44108", only 1 zip code is listed. Had you typed something shorter such as "441", then 56 zip codes would be listed since there are 56 zip codes with "441" in them. Press UP or DOWN arrow to choose 44108, then press TAB or ENTER to move to the address number edit box.

5)    SenseNav will display the address number edit box. Note: If you want to search for cross streets, leave this field blank and press tab to move to the "street search type combo box" and select cross streets. Type the address number, “10999” and press TAB or ENTER to move to the street name edit box.

6)    SenseNav will display the street name edit box. Type Amo and press TAB or ENTER to search for the street. Please note, if only 1 street matches the name you type in this edit box, the street list is skipped and the search is done immediately.

7)    Because Amor Ave is the only street in the zipcode of 44108 you are placed in the address action Dialog.

 

You are now moved to the search results area. If SenseNav displays a static box with a distance value, it means that the location was found. Refer to Section 5.1.3 for details on the search results and the actions available.

 

 

 

5.1.3 Location Search Results

 

Once the location has been found by either city name or zip code search, SenseNav displays "Distance: xx" where xx is the distance between your current position and the location you searched for. For example, if you are at home and you searched for your work address in the same city, the distance may be a few miles. However if you searched for an address in another state, the distance may be several hundred miles instead.

 

The following is what you will find in the dialog box after performing a location search:

- Search results static box

When a location has been found, the first item displayed is the distance from your current position to the location. Press DOWN arrow repeatedly to display the zip code, address number, latitude, and longitude. Press TAB repeatedly to move to the various action buttons contained in the dialog box.

 

- Previous button: CONTROL-P

Press this button to go back one step in the search process. This is useful in case you need to make a minor change in your search instead of completely starting over.

 

- Drive there button: ALT-D

Press this button to create a vehicle route. SenseNav will close the dialog box and create a vehicle route from your current position to the location you searched for. Routes are discussed in Section 7 of this manual.

 

- Walk there button: ALT-W

Press this button to create a pedestrian route. SenseNav will close the dialog box and create a pedestrian route from your current position to the location you searched for.

 

- Add to Favorites button: ALT-F

Press this button to add a new favorite. SenseNav will add the location you searched for to your favorites list. Favorites are discussed in Section 10.8 of this manual.

 

- Add as POI button: ALT-P

Press this button to add a new user POI. SenseNav will switch to the new user POI dialog box so you can enter the details of the location you searched for. Adding POIs are discussed in Section 6.3.1 of this manual.

 

- Set as destination button: ALT-E

Press this button to set the destination. SenseNav will close the dialog box and set the location you searched for as the destination without creating a route to it.

 

- Set as virtual position button: ALT-V

Press this button to set the virtual position. SenseNav will close the dialog box and set your virtual position to the location you searched for. If you switch to Virtual navigation mode, you can virtually explore the area near the location. Exploring in virtual mode is discussed in Section 9 of this manual.

 

- Set as both virtual and destination button: ALT-B

Press this button to set both the destination and the virtual position. SenseNav will close the dialog box and set your virtual position to the location you searched for. In addition, the location is also set as the destination.

 

- Cancel button: ESCAPE

Press this button to close the dialog box and return to the main display area without taking any action.

Press ALT-V to set this location to your virtual position.  You are now virtually near the address.  Note: your position is as if you were standing at the street with the building behind you.  In this case you would see the following: “At 10999 Amor Ave heading southeast. 1 foot left to Parkwood Drive, 0.29 mi right to East 105th Street.”  To begin exploring you must turn left or right first.

 

 

 

5.1.4 Tips for Street Name Searches

 

The following are a few tips when it comes to searching for street names:

 

         If you are not sure of the exact spelling of the street name, type the first few letters of the name and press ENTER. You will then be presented with a larger street list to choose from. Press the UP or DOWN arrows to scroll through the list until you find the one you want.

 

         If you are not sure if a street suffix is an avenue, drive, or lane, only type the main name of the street and press ENTER. You will then be presented with a larger street list to choose from. If you know the exact spelling of the suffix, you can type it in for an exact match. However keep in mind that some street suffixes may be written as ln instead of lane.

 

         In most cases if you are searching for East 5th Street, it must be typed as "5th St, E" so it can be found. If you are not absolutely sure of the proper syntax, just type "5" or "5th" and you will then be presented with a larger street list to choose from. Press the UP or DOWN arrows to scroll through the list until you find the one you want.

 

 

 

5.1.5 Tips for City Name Searches

 

The following are a few tips when it comes to searching for addresses located in cities which are hard to find:

 

Because of the way that some map data is compiled, some addresses must be retrieved in a roundabout fashion. If the address you are looking for is not found, consider a few work-arounds. An example of such a city is Centennial Colorado.

1)    Try a Zip/postal Lookup. It could be that even though the address you are looking for is located in Centennial, the city name itself is named differently in the map.

2)    Try the name of a nearby city, district, or township. I.E. Littleton.

3)    Using simple or advanced POI find, search for Centennial in the City POI category and then set your Virtual position to the Centennial city POI.

 

 

Here's an example of how we find an address in Centennial Colorado:

1)          Press V to ensure you are in Virtual navigation mode.

2)          Press L to open the location search dialog box.

3)          Choose City for the search type, then press ENTER.

4)          If you have more than one state, choose Colorado, then press ENTER.

5)          Type Littleton for the city name, then press ENTER.

6)          The search list will only contain Littleton in the list. Press ENTER to choose this city.

7)          Press ENTER on the Address number edit box.

8)          Press ENTER on the Street name edit box. 492 streets will be found.

9)          Since we are only trying to find a POI for Centennial for our search, press ENTER on the first street from the list. I.E. "Aberdeen Ave, W"

10)     A list containing 15 address ranges will display.

11)     Press ENTER on the first entry and you will be placed in the search results. The distance from your current position to this POI will display.

12)     Press ALT-V to set your Virtual position to the search result.

 

We are now virtually near West Aberdeen Avenue in the city of Littleton.

 

Now we can search for the city of Centennial itself.

1)    Press ALT-F to open the simple POI search dialog box. This dialog box is discussed in Section 6.2 of this manual.

2)    Press C to choose the City place category. Then press TAB twice.

3)    This places you in the POI search string edit box. Type "Centennial" and press ENTER to begin the search.

4)    SenseNav will search the POI database and find the city of Centennial located 3.11 miles Southeast from your current position. Press ALT-V to set your virtual position to the location of this POI.

5)    Press C to check the current city. You will find that even though you are in Centennial, SenseNav reports that you are in Southglenn.

6)    Press F to open the near POIs dialog box. The first entry in the list is the Centennial city POI you searched for.

7)    Press DOWN ARROW to move down the POI list. You will notice that SenseNav announces the name of each POI along with the category, street, and city the POI is located in. This is a good way to quickly determine if this is the POI you are looking for without pressing TAB to view its details.

 

Note: The city is not announced if it matches your current location. You can continue to press DOWN ARROW to see the rest of the nearby POIs, or you can press ESCAPE to close the dialog box and return to the main display area.

 

 

You can also find Centennial by selecting the zip/postal option from the location search dialog box, L, and use 80122 as the zip code.

 

 

Most cities aren’t this tricky to find, but it is good to know that even the smallest towns are probably in the map database. It may take just a little ingenuity to bring them up. While searching, you can press ENTER without any text in the City or Street name edit boxes to produce a list of all matches or type the first couple letters to narrow the search.

 

Note: If you are in a city like Centennial and press C to hear the City name, the township or county is announced if the exact city name is not in the database. This is helpful for faster address matches in the future.

 

 

 

5.1.6 Miscellaneous Location Lookup Items

 

This section discusses miscellaneous items for you to keep in mind when looking up addresses.

 

- Location search defaults

The location search dialog box takes your current position into account when choosing a map, city, or zip/postal code. For example, if your Live GPS position is in Metropolis Illinois and your Virtual position is in Denver Colorado, the appropriate map and city name is selected depending on which navigation mode you are in when you press L.

 

- Global searching

In the city name and zip/postal edit boxes, you have the option of an exact match, accepting the default from your current position, typing a partial match, or getting an entire list. If you clear the edit box and press ENTER, a global search is performed. This is especially important to keep in mind when searching for cities or zip/postal codes since the list can be very long.

 

- Address numbers and street names

If you leave the address number edit box empty and type in just the street name or the address number is not found, SenseNav presents you with a list of address ranges along the street chosen. For example, let's say you search in Metropolis, leave the address number blank, and type super as the street name. SenseNav will display "1 - 41 Superman Sq". As you arrow down, the various address ranges are displayed.

 

- Cross streets

To obtain a list of cross streets, leave the address number edit box blank. Press TAB to move to the search type combobox and scroll to cross streets and press ENTER to display the list of cross streets. The cross streets are in order from the beginning of the street to the end.

 

- Previous entries are not remembered

The address number and street name edit boxes do not remember the last entry you typed in prior searches. This means that you must type a search string when performing a new search. If you leave the address number edit box blank, select the search type combobox to change from address range or cross streets. If you leave the street name edit box blank, a list of all streets in the selected city is shown.

 

- Street name searching

In most cases it is not necessary to type the cardinal direction of the street name. For example, if the address is, 1234 E Main Street, when searching for the street name, only "main" should be typed. There are a few exceptions such as streets in Washington and Oregon where the cardinal directions need to be a part of the name such as "SW William". If the street name edit box is left blank, a global search for all streets in the selected city is performed.

 

- Finding streets

There are occasions when you will not be able to find streets within the city you have selected. This may be because the selected city contains only those streets the map company considers to be within the built-up area, I.E. the center of town. If this happens, please try again and select another city from the choices presented.

 

While in a search list, the following commands are used to review the list more easily:

- Go to the top of the list: FUNCTION-LEFT ARROW.

- Go to the bottom of the list: FUNCTION-RIGHT ARROW.

- Move down the list one item: DOWN ARROW.

- Move up the list one item: UP ARROW.

- Move down the list 32 items: FUNCTION-DOWN ARROW.

- Move up the list 32 items: FUNCTION-UP ARROW.

 

 

5.2 Latitude and Longitude Coordinates

 

Searching for an area based on latitude and longitude coordinates means that you can set your virtual position there, create a route to it, or add the location as a point of interest. Any point in the world can be given a name and saved in your personal database of POIs. Refer to Section 6 for information about points of interest.

 

Finding latitude/longitude positions on the Internet is fairly easy to do. For example, using a search engine like Google.com, type in the name of the location and either 'latitude' or 'longitude' and you should get the information in the first two or three hits. Other possible web sites where latitude/longitude information might be available are http://www.geocode.com or http://www.wayhoo.com.

 

As an example, let’s say you are going to take a trip to the Galapagos Islands and want to know which Central American city is closest to fly into, San Jose Costa Rica or Guayaquil Ecuador. Using Google, find the lat/lon for these three locations, then set your current position to the Galapagos and set the other two cities as a destination or point of interest.

 

If this sounds like your kind of fun, you can play the worldwide GPS treasure hunt game by joining http://www.geocaching.com.

 

To hear the coordinates for your current position, Press Y from the main display area. SenseNav will display the latitude/longitude coordinates using the format set in the main options. By default, the short form is used. Refer to Section 14 for details on configuring SenseNav. Additionally, cursor routing keys 6 and 7 on the Braille display will show this information without the need for the Y command. SenseNav uses Latitude and Longitude coordinates in the WGS84 datum.

 

 

 

5.2.1 Searching For Latitude and Longitude Coordinates

 

Hot key: ALT-Y

Menu: ALT, S, L

 

To search for latitude and longitude coordinates, press ALT-Y. When the Search by Lat/Lon dialog box opens, it will prompt you for the latitude information.

 

While the Lat/Lon dialog box is open:

- You can press TAB repeatedly to reach the other controls in the dialog box.

- If you know the hot key for a button in the dialog box, you can press it instead of pressing TAB repeatedly to reach the specific button. I.E.  Press ALT-P to add the coordinates as a user POI, ALT-D to create a driving route, and ALT-W to create a walking route.

- You can press ESCAPE to close the dialog box and return to the main display area without taking any action.

 

The following is the description of the Lat/Lon dialog box:

- Latitude edit box

The North/South coordinate is entered here.

 

- Longitude edit box

The East/West coordinate is entered here.

 

- Heading edit box

The heading in degrees you want to be facing is entered here.

 

- Name edit box

In case you will be adding a user POI, the name you want to give the position is entered here.

 

- Description edit box

In case you will be adding a user POI and you will want a description for the POI, the detailed description is entered here.

 

- Drive there button: ALT-D

Press this button to create a vehicle route. SenseNav will close the dialog box and create a vehicle route from your current position to the coordinates you set. Routes are discussed in Section 7 of this manual.

 

- Walk there button: ALT-W

Press this button to create a pedestrian route. SenseNav will close the dialog box and create a pedestrian route from your current position to the coordinates you set.

 

- Add to Favorites button: ALT-F

Press this button to add a new favorite. SenseNav will add the coordinates you set to your favorites list. Favorites are discussed in Section 10.8 of this manual.

 

- Add as POI button: ALT-P

Press this button to add a new user POI. SenseNav will switch to the new user POI dialog box so you can enter the details of the coordinates you set. Adding POIs are discussed in Section 6.3.1 of this manual.

 

- Set as waypoint button: CONTROL-W

Press this button to add a new waypoint. SenseNav will switch to the new waypoint dialog box so you can enter the details of the coordinates you sset. Adding waypoints is discussed in section 7 of this manual. Note: You can only add a waypoint to an existing route.

 

- Set as destination button: ALT-E

Press this button to set the destination. SenseNav will close the dialog box and set the coordinates you set as the destination without creating a route to it.

 

- Set as virtual position button: ALT-V

Press this button to set the virtual position. SenseNav will close the dialog box and set your virtual position to the coordinates you set. If you switch to Virtual navigation mode, you can virtually explore the area near the location. Exploring in virtual mode is discussed in Section 9 of this manual.

 

- Set as both virtual and destination button: ALT-B

Press this button to set both the destination and the virtual position. SenseNav will close the dialog box and set your virtual position to the coordinates you set. In addition, the location is also set as the destination.

 

- Cancel button: ESCAPE

Press this button to close the dialog box and return to the main display area without taking any action.

 

Note: When the Lat/Lon dialog box first opens, the coordinates for your current position will already be filled in. This way you can make minor adjustments if necessary. In addition, if the Lat/Lon setting is set to detailed instead of Short, the Lat/Lon edit boxes are separated into Degrees, Minutes, and Seconds.

 

 

 

6 Points of Interest (POIs)

 

First, what is a POI? A point of interest (POI) is anything which may be of interest in a mapped area. Typically POIs are saved locations of businesses and commercial landmarks. In addition, any place on the map can be designated as a point of interest.

 

SenseNav comes with more than 13 million commercial Points of Interest for the U.S. and Canada. The POIs are categorized into main and sub-categories for easier searching. In addition, you can add and modify your own custom user POIs.

 

 

 

6.1 General POI Information

 

SenseNav gives you the ability to modify and delete not only your own custom user POIs, but also the commercial POIs which come with it. This is very useful in cases where a POI changes its name or phone number, or goes out of business.

 

The user point of interest file is called User.pdb and is automatically created in the Shared POIs folder at the same level as your maps and commercial POIs folder. When you use the POI Find commands, F, ALT-F, and CONTROL-F, both the commercial and User POIs are searched. Finding POIs are discussed in Section 6.2 of this manual.

 

The following are examples of some of the POI categories which come with SenseNav:

- Hotels

- Restaurants

- Tourist attractions

 

The following are examples of custom user POIs you can create:

- Your home

- The front door of your work

- Low-hanging leaves along a certain sidewalk

- A complex intersection

- A bus stop listing all the bus numbers which stop there

- The beginning point or the ending point of a sidewalk along a street

 

 

 

6.1.1 POI Categories

 

To see the list of POI categories and sub-categories, press either ALT-F to open the Simple POI Search dialog box, or CONTROL-F to open the Advanced POI Search dialog box.

 

When the POI Search dialog box opens, you are placed in the main category list. Arrow to a category, then press TAB to move to the second list which contains the related sub-categories.

 

The sub-categories in the second list depend on which category was selected in the first list. For example the sub-categories for Restaurants are different than the sub-categories for Hotels.

 

Press ESCAPE to close the POI Search dialog box and return to the main display area. Searching for POIs are discussed in Section 6.2 of this manual.

 

 

 

6.1.2 Nearest POI Information

 

Hot key for nearest POI name: P

Hot key for nearest POI details: ALT-P

 

To display the name of the nearest POI to your current position, press P. To open the Nearest POI Details dialog box, press ALT-P instead.

 

While the POI details dialog box is open:

- You can press UP ARROW to move 1 item up and DOWN ARROW to move 1 item down in the POI details list.

- You can press FUNCTION-UP ARROW to move to the top and FUNCTION-DOWN ARROW to move to the bottom of the POI details list.

- You can press the letter which matches the name of the POI detail you want to view. I.E. N for the name of the POI, A for the address number, and P for the phone number. If more than 1 POI detail begins with the same letter, such as sub-category, street name, and side of street, the letter S will need to be pressed repeatedly.

- You can press the cursor routing keys above each Braille cell to view different POI details instead of using the arrow keys.

- You can press TAB repeatedly to reach the other controls in the dialog box.

- You can press ESCAPE to close the dialog box and return to the main display area without taking any action.

 

If there are certain details which the POI doesn't have, those details will not be shown as you move in the list. For example, not all commercial POIs have fax numbers or web site addresses.

 

Note: The P and ALT-P hot keys are not listed in the SenseNav program menu and are only available from the main display area.

 

 

 

6.2 Searching For POIs

 

There are 3 ways of finding points of interest.

 

1)    View a list of near POIs by pressing F.

2)    Simple POI Search by pressing ALT-F.

3)    Advanced POI search by pressing CONTROL-F.

 

While either the Near POIs or the POI search dialog box is open:

         You can press UP ARROW to move 1 item up and DOWN ARROW to move 1 item down in a list.

         You can press FUNCTION-UP ARROW to move to the top and FUNCTION-DOWN ARROW to move to the bottom of a list.

         You can press TAB repeatedly to reach the other controls in the dialog box.

         If you know the hot key for a button in the dialog box, you can press it instead of pressing TAB repeatedly to reach the specific button. I.E.  Press ALT-D to create a driving route and ALT-W to create a walking route.

         You can press ESCAPE to close the dialog box and return to the main display area without taking any action.

 

 

 

6.2.1 Near POIs

 

Hot key: F

Menu: ALT, P, F

 

To view a list of POIs which are nearest to your current position in any category and in any direction, press F. When the Near POIs dialog box opens, it will display a list of POIs beginning with the closest one to your current position. Refer to Section 6.3 for details on the POI name list, POI details list, and the actions available.

 

 

 

6.2.2 Simple POI Search

 

Hot key: ALT-F

Menu: ALT, S, P

 

If you want to search for a POI by name or category, press ALT-F. When the Simple POI Search dialog box opens, you are placed in the main category list. Once POIs have been found, a list showing the POI names will display. Refer to Section 6.3 for details on the POI name list, POI details list, and the actions available.

 

The following steps show how to use the Simple POI search to lookup a restaurant called Fluffy Donuts which is about 1.05 miles away.

 

To search for Fluffy Donuts, do the following:

1)    Press ALT-F from the main display area. The Simple POI Search dialog box will open and you will be in the main category list. The first category displayed is "All". You can press DOWN ARROW repeatedly to move down the list. Other categories such as Bank, Bonus, and Restaurant are displayed. Press R until the Restaurant category is selected, then press TAB to move to the sub-category list.

2)    The first sub-category displayed is "All". You can press DOWN ARROW repeatedly to move down the sub-category list. Leave the "All" sub-category selected, then press TAB to move to the search string edit box.

3)    In the search string edit box, type "fluffy" and press ENTER to begin the search.

4)    SenseNav will search for the POIs which match the search parameters from the above steps. If the search takes some time, beeps will play.

 

You are now moved to the search results area. Since in this example you typed the word "fluffy", only 1 POI is listed as "Fluffy Donuts & Sandwich Shop, Russell Blvd # 2, 1.05 mi, behind slight left."

 

The search results consist of the list of POIs, the POI details, and the various action buttons you can take on a selected POI. Refer to Section 6.3 for a description of the search results.

 

 

 

6.2.3 Advanced POI Search

 

Hot key: CONTROL-F

Menu: ALT, S, A

 

If you want to search for a POI by category, subcategory, distance, direction, or field type, press CONTROL-F. When the Advanced POI Search dialog box opens, you are placed in the main category list. Once POIs have been found, a list showing the POI names will display. Refer to Section 6.3 for details on the POI name list, POI details list, and the actions available.

 

The following steps show how to use the Advanced POI search to lookup Disneyland which is about 400 miles from Davis California.

 

To search for Disneyland, do the following:

 

1)    Press CONTROL-F from the main display area. The Advanced POI Search dialog box will open and you will be in the main category list. The first category displayed is "All". You can press DOWN ARROW repeatedly to move down the list. Other categories such as Bank, Bonus, and Restaurant are displayed. Press T until the travel/entertainment category is selected, then press TAB to move to the sub-category list.

2)    The first sub-category displayed is "All". You can press DOWN ARROW repeatedly to move down the sub-category list. Select the amusement park sub-category, then press TAB to move to the starting distance edit box.

3)    The default starting distance is 0. Type the number 350, then press TAB to move to the search direction list.

4)    The default direction to search is ahead of your current position. You can press DOWN ARROW repeatedly to select other directions such as right, behind, left, and full circle from your current position. You can even select a cardinal direction in case your heading has not been established. Since in this example, we are not sure in what direction the POI is, press F to select full circle, then press TAB to move to the search field list.

5)    The default field to search by is the POI name. You can press DOWN ARROW repeatedly to select other fields such as address number, street name, and phone number. Leave the field as name, then press TAB to move to the search string edit box.

6)    In the search string edit box, type "dis" and press ENTER to begin the search.

7)    SenseNav will search for the POIs which match the search parameters from the above steps. If the search takes some time, beeps will play.

 

You are now moved to the search results area. Since in this example you typed the word "dis", there should be 2 POIs listed. Press DOWN ARROW to move down the list until you select, "Disneyland, S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, 390.80 mi, slight left, Southeast."

The search results consist of the list of POIs, the POI details, and the various action buttons you can take on a selected POI. Refer to Section 6.3 for a description of the search results.

 

 

The following are some scenarios in which using the Advanced POI find command can be helpful:

 

1)    I was hungry when going from Buffalo to Letchworth Park, which is about an hour and a half drive. I was able to search for restaurants ahead of us as we drove. I found a good place to eat, set it as our destination, and created a vehicle route to it.

2)    I knew that the POI I was looking for was in the Shop/Service category and that it was on Cook Rd, but couldn’t remember the name or phone number. I was able to search by the specific category, Shop/Service and by the street name, Cook Rd. Once I saw the POI name in the results list, the name triggered my memory. I was then able to view the POI details, locate the phone number, and call them to find out if they were open.

3)    Out of curiosity, I searched for all Korean restaurants in the city of Mishawaka Indiana. I will have to visit some of those places the next time I am there.

 

 

 

6.2.4 POI Search Results

 

SenseNav moves you to the list of POIs when you press F, or when POIs have been found using the Simple or Advanced POI search methods.

 

The following is what you will find in the dialog box after performing a POI search or after pressing F:

 

- POI name list

This is where the list of POIs is displayed. As you move down the list with DOWN ARROW, SenseNav will display the POI name, the category and sub category if it has one, the street the POI is on, the city the POI is in, the heading and distance to the POI from your current position, the side of the street the POI is on if known, and the compass direction.

 

Example: "Burger Palace, Restaurant, Main ST, Phoenix, 330 feet ahead." Since some basic information about the POI is given in the list, you can quickly determine if this is the POI you are interested in without pressing TAB or ENTER to view the POI details.

 

While you are in the POI list, you can press any letter to quickly move to a POI whose name begins with that letter. For example: B until you find "Burger Palace." The Sense notetaker will beep if there are no POIs which start with the letter you type. Press TAB repeatedly to move to the POI details list and the various action buttons contained in the dialog box.

 

- POI details static box

This is where the list of details for the selected POI are displayed. As you move down the list with DOWN ARROW, SenseNav will display the available POI details such as distance and heading, category, sub-category, ETC. You can also press the letter which matches the name of the POI detail you want to view. I.E. D for the POI distance and heading, A for the address number, and P for the phone number. If more than 1 POI detail begins with the same letter, such as sub-category, street name, and side of street, the letter S will need to be pressed repeatedly. The cursor routing keys of the Braille display can also be pressed to quickly display specific POI details. To return to the POI name list, press SHIFT-TAB.

 

- Modify button: ALT-M

Press this button to modify the selected POI. SenseNav will switch to the Modify POI dialog box so you can update the details of the selected POI. Modifying POIs are discussed in section 6.4 of this manual. Note: Not all POI details such as the POI author and POI category can be modified.

 

- Delete button: DELETE

Press this button to delete the selected POI. SenseNav will delete the selected POI from the database. When the POI is deleted, you are returned to the POI list.

 

- Drive there button: ALT-D

Press this button to create a vehicle route. SenseNav will close the dialog box and create a vehicle route from your current position to the selected POI. Routes are discussed in Section 7 of this manual.

 

- Walk there button: ALT-W

Press this button to create a pedestrian route. SenseNav will close the dialog box and create a pedestrian route from your current position to the selected POI.

 

- Add to favorites button: ALT-F

Press this button to add a new favorite. SenseNav will add the selected POI to your favorites list. Favorites are discussed in Section 10.8 of this manual.

 

- Set as waypoint button: CONTROL-W

Press this button to add a new waypoint. SenseNav will switch to the new waypoint dialog box so you can enter the details of the selected POI. Adding waypoints is discussed in section 7 of this manual. Note: You can only add a waypoint to an existing route.

 

- Set as destination button: ALT-E

Press this button to set the destination. SenseNav will close the dialog box and set the selected POI as the destination without creating a route to it.

 

- Set as virtual position button: ALT-V

Press this button to set the virtual position. SenseNav will close the dialog box and set your virtual position to the location of the selected POI. If you switch to Virtual navigation mode, you can virtually explore the area near the POI. Exploring in virtual mode is discussed in Section 9 of this manual.

 

- Set as both virtual and destination button: ALT-B

Press this button to set both the destination and the virtual position. SenseNav will close the dialog box and set your virtual position to the selected POI. In addition, the POI is also set as the destination.

 

- Cancel button: ESCAPE

Press this button to close the dialog box and return to the main display area without taking any action.

 

 

 

6.2.5 Tips for POI Searches

 

The following are a few tips when it comes to searching for points of interest:

 

         The POI search takes longer when the area is densely populated or when you search far away. Beeps play to indicate that a search is in progress. If you want to search for POIs which are several hundred miles away, it is best to set your Virtual position to the vicinity and then search for the POI from there.

         The items in the sub-category list change dynamically depending on which main category is selected. For example, the sub-category list for restaurants is different than the list for hotels.

         If you type 1 or 2 characters in the search string edit box, SenseNav will only search for POIs with these characters at the beginning of the POI name. However, if you type 3 or more characters, SenseNav will search for a match anywhere in the POI name.

         If you press ENTER on the search string edit box without typing anything in it, SenseNav will search for all POIs which match the category and sub-category you selected.

         You must press TAB to move between the search controls such as the category list, sub-category list, and search string edit box. When you are ready for SenseNav to search for POIs based on your choices, press ENTER.

         When searching for POIs, SenseNav searches both the commercial POI database as well as the user-created POI database.

         While you are in any list, you can press a letter to quickly move to an item which begins with that letter. For example: R takes you to the Restaurant category. The Sense notetaker will beep if there are no items which start with the letter you type.

         To expand the POI search even further, press DOWN ARROW when you reach the last POI in the list. SenseNav will keep searching further away and then display the additional POIs it found.

         If you are not sure of the direction a POI is located from your current position, select full circle from the direction list in the Advanced POI Search dialog box.

         SenseNav remembers your search choices while in the same session. If you close and restart SenseNav or if you press the Reset button, the search choices are set to their defaults.

 

While in a POI list, the following commands are used to review the list more easily:

- Go to the top of the list: FUNCTION-LEFT ARROW.

- Go to the bottom of the list: FUNCTION-RIGHT ARROW.

- Move down the list one item: DOWN ARROW.

- Move up the list one item: UP ARROW.

- Move down the list 32 items: FUNCTION-DOWN ARROW.

- Move up the list 32 items: FUNCTION-UP ARROW.

 

 

 

 

6.3 Working with User Points of Interest

 

It can be very helpful to create your own user Points of Interest. For example, the location of the front door of a building is more accurate than its general address as defined by the commercial POI listing. In addition, you can also add environmental details such as recessed doorway or steep driveway.

 

The information you provided in the POI author configuration is displayed in the author field when viewing the POI details. This could be your name or your initials. If the POI author is not configured, SenseNav prompts for it when you add a new user POI. You can modify the POI author at any time by pressing O, A from the main display area. Refer to Section 2.1.4 for details on the POI author name.

 

The first time you add a user POI, a file called User.pdb is created in the sharedPOIs folder. This is where all user POIs you add are kept. You can only have 1 User.pdb file active at a time and it must have this name. Therefore, if you swap user.pdb files with another user of a Sendero GPS product, it is a good idea to change the filename of your own and ensure it is backed up before sharing.

 

The User POIs are automatically searched along with the commercial POIs when you use the POI Find commands. Because of this, we recommend that you name the POI you add slightly differently. This will allow you to distinguish between a commercial POI and a User POI for the same business.

 

For example, let’s say that you create a route to Burger King. Once you arrive, you notice that the front door or drive-through is a couple hundred feet away from the commercial POI location for Burger King. This is normal for businesses which are not directly on a street. Especially for businesses located in malls which share 1 common address. So when you add your user POI at the Burger King front door, you can give it a name like "Burger King, front door." From this point on, when you see 2 POI listings for Burger King close together, you will immediately know which is the one you added for the front door of the building.

 

 

 

6.3.1 Adding User POIs

 

Hot key: APOSTROPHE

Menu: ALT, P, P

 

There are several ways to add a User POI. The most common way is by capturing your current live GPS or virtual position and assigning a name to that location.

 

For example, you arrive at a location which is not currently in the POI database and you want to save it for future use. This could be the location of a new business, your own home, or low-hanging branches along a sidewalk.

 

To add a new user POI based on your current location, press APOSTROPHE. When the Add New User POI dialog box opens, it will prompt you for the name of the POI.

 

While the Add New User POI dialog box is open:

- You can press TAB repeatedly to reach the other controls in the dialog box.

- You can press ESCAPE to close the dialog box and return to the main display area without taking any action.

 

The following is the description of the new user POI dialog box:

- User POI name edit box

The name you want to give the POI is entered here. This can be the name of a business or place. If it's the name of a business, you may want to make it slightly different to distinguish it from the commercial listing. Note: There may be times when the user POI name edit box is already populated with a suggested POI name.

 

- User POI description edit box

An optional description of the POI is entered here. Perhaps the POI is located near a trashcan or mailbox.

 

- User POI category list

The category you want the POI to be in is chosen here with the arrow keys or by typing a letter such as R for Restaurant. The default category is User.

 

- User POI sub-category list

The sub-category you want the POI to be in is chosen here with the arrow keys or by typing a letter such as A for All. The list of sub-categories available depends on what was selected for the main category.

 

- User POI media button

Press this button to open a dialog box which displays a list of media files. You can navigate to a supported media file to associate with the user POI. Once you choose a file, press ENTER to close the file selection dialog box and return to the Media button. Note: SenseNav searches the Sounds folder by default. Also, the media file you associate with a POI is imported inside the user.pdb file, making it larger.

 

- User POI latitude edit box

The North/South coordinate of the user POI is entered here. The current latitude coordinate will already be filled in.

 

- User POI longitude edit box

The East/West coordinate of the user POI is entered here. The current longitude coordinate will already be filled in.

 

- Confirm button

Press this button to close the dialog box and save the information entered.

 

- Cancel button

Press this button to close the dialog box and return to the main display area without taking any action.

 

Note: Pressing ENTER while you are on an edit box is the same as pressing ENTER on the Confirm button. Also, be careful if manually changing the lat/lon coordinates since it can result in the user POI location ending up somewhere else.

 

You will notice that there are not many POI details available when adding a user POI. Things such as the POI phone number, address number, street name, ETC can be added/modified from the Modify User POI dialog box. Refer to section 6.4 for details on modifying POIs.

 

 

 

6.3.2 Additional Ways of Adding User POIs

 

There are additional ways of adding a user POI. These involve pressing the Add as User POI button from various places such as the Location Search, route turn list, and intersection information dialog boxes.

 

- Address search: When you search for an address by pressing L, the result can be added as a User POI. Refer to Section 5.1 for details.

- Lat/Lon coordinates: When you set the lat/lon coordinates by pressing ALT-Y, they can be added as a User POI. Refer to Section 5.2 for details.

- Intersection information: If you are viewing the nearest or next intersection information by pressing either CONTROL-X or CONTROL-COMMA, it can be added as a User POI.

- Route turns and waypoints: If you are viewing the list of turns or waypoints by pressing either CONTROL-I or INSERT-W, any waypoint in the list can be added as a User POI.

 

 

 

 

6.4 The User POI Manager

 

Hot key: ALT-U

Menu: ALT, P, U

 

All of the User POIs you add are saved to a file called User.pdb. In order to work with and manage them, press ALT-U to open the User POI Manager dialog box. When the User POI Manager dialog box opens, a list of the POIs you added are displayed. Refer to Section 6.3 for details on adding User POIs.

 

While the User POI Manager dialog box is open:

- You can press UP ARROW to move 1 item up and DOWN ARROW to move 1 item down in a list.

- You can press FUNCTION-UP ARROW to move to the top and FUNCTION-DOWN ARROW to move to the bottom of a list.

- You can press TAB repeatedly to reach the other controls in the dialog box.

- If you know the hot key for a button in the dialog box, you can press it instead of pressing TAB repeatedly to reach the specific button. I.E.  Press ALT-D to create a driving route and ALT-W to create a walking route.

- You can press ESCAPE to close the dialog box and return to the main display area without taking any action.

 

 

Here is what you will find in the user POI manager dialog box after pressing ALT-U:

- POI name list

This is where the list of POIs is displayed. As you move down the list with DOWN ARROW, SenseNav will display the POI name.

 

While you are in the POI list, you can press any letter to quickly move to a POI whose name begins with that letter. For example: H until you find "Home." The Sense notetaker will beep if there are no POIs which start with the letter you type. Press ENTER to display the POI details, and TAB repeatedly to move to the various action buttons contained in the dialog box.

 

If you press ENTER to display the POI details, the arrow keys are used to move up and down the list just like when you press ALT-P from the main display area to view the nearest POI details. Refer to Section 6.1 for details.

 

- POI details static box

If you press ENTER on a POI in the list, this is where the list of details for the selected POI are displayed. In order to close the details and return to the User POI Manager, press ESCAPE. As you move down the list with DOWN ARROW, SenseNav will display the available POI details such as the address, phone number, category, sub-category, ETC. You can also press the letter which matches the name of the POI detail you want to view. I.E. C for the Category, A for the address number, and P for the phone number. If more than 1 POI detail begins with the same letter, such as sub-category, street name, and side of street, the letter S will need to be pressed repeatedly. The cursor routing keys of the Braille display can also be pressed to quickly display specific POI details. To return to the POI name list, press SHIFT-TAB.

 

- Modify button: ALT-M

Press this button to modify the selected POI. SenseNav will switch to the Modify POI dialog box so you can update the details of the selected POI. Modifying POIs are discussed in section 6.4 of this manual. Note: Not all POI details such as the POI author can be modified.

 

- Delete button: DELETE

Press this button to delete the selected POI. SenseNav will delete the selected POI from the database. When the POI is deleted, you are returned to the POI list.

 

- Drive there button: ALT-D

Press this button to create a vehicle route. SenseNav will close the dialog box and create a vehicle route from your current position to the selected POI. Routes are discussed in Section 7 of this manual.

 

- Walk there button: ALT-W

Press this button to create a pedestrian route. SenseNav will close the dialog box and create a pedestrian route from your current position to the selected POI.

 

- Add to favorites button: ALT-F

Press this button to add a new favorite. SenseNav will add the selected POI to your favorites list. Favorites are discussed in Section 10.8 of this manual.

 

- Set as waypoint button: CONTROL-W

Press this button to add a new waypoint. SenseNav will switch to the new waypoint dialog box so you can enter the details of the selected POI. Note: You can only add a waypoint to an open route.

 

- Set as destination button: ALT-E

Press this button to set the destination. SenseNav will close the dialog box and set the selected POI as the destination without creating a route to it.

 

- Set as virtual position button: ALT-V

Press this button to set the virtual position. SenseNav will close the dialog box and set your virtual position to the location of the selected POI. If you switch to Virtual navigation mode, you can virtually explore the area near the POI. Exploring in virtual mode is discussed in Section 9 of this manual.

 

- Set as both virtual and destination button: ALT-B

Press this button to set both the destination and the virtual position. SenseNav will close the dialog box and set your virtual position to the selected POI. In addition, the POI is also set as the destination.

 

- Cancel button: ESCAPE

Press this button to close the dialog box and return to the main display area without taking any action.

 

 

6.5 Additional POI commands

 

The following additional POI commands are ones which can be pressed while you are in the main display area of SenseNav. Note: A full list of the hot keys is given in Section 16 of this manual.

 

- P: Pressing this hot key will display the nearest POI.

- ALT-P: Pressing this hot key will display the description of the nearest POI.

- DOWN ARROW: This is the same as pressing ALT-P.

 

 

Note: A complete list of hot keys is given in Section 16 of this manual.

 

 


7 Routes

 

Like commercial GPS systems, SenseNav creates routes that can assist you in navigating to a specific destination with turn by turn instructions. If you would like to create routes between states each state must be loaded.  If you would like to create a route and your destination is two or three states away, you must also have the states your route will travel through loaded.  In addition to both pedestrian and vehicle style routes, you can also create manual routes. These routes can of course be used in conjunction with the automatic LookAround information which SenseNav provides.

 

In order to create a route, there must be a starting point and a destination set. The starting point is your current position, whether it's the Live GPS position or the Virtual one. When you search for an address or a point of interest, you can set it as the destination by pressing ALT-E from the search dialog box.

 

Once you have a destination set, press R, P to create a pedestrian route, or R, V to create a vehicle route. A pedestrian route may take you North on a South-only street, and a vehicle route will honor the correct type of streets in the map. Additionally, the time for the route to complete is calculated accordingly. A faster way to create these types of routes without having to first set the destination is by using the Drive there or Walk there buttons when searching for an address, favorite, history item or POI.

 

As you travel along the route, SenseNav will indicate when the next turn is approaching and again, when you should make the actual turn. Once you have successfully arrived at your destination, the route will automatically close. This behavior can be changed by selecting auto-close route at destination from the route options menu.

 

 

Tips on Following a Vehicular Route

 

When traveling on a freeway or highway, the next turn in the route might be announced as "0.50 miles to Waypoint 12, proceed right on Ramp, connecting to Main Street." The most effective way to review a vehicular route you are traveling on is to explore it.

 

The following hot keys are used to explore the route:

ALT- RIGHT arrow. Press this hot key to explore the route forward Waypoint by Waypoint.

ALT- LEFT arrow. Press this hot key to explore the route backward Waypoint by Waypoint.

ALT- UP arrow. Press this hot key to explore the route forward turn by turn.

ALT- DOWN arrow. Press this hot key to explore the route backward turn by turn. You can also use CONTROL-I to bring up a list of turns.

 

 

As these keys are pressed, SenseNav will display; the distance between the Waypoints, the Waypoint number, the Waypoint name, the Waypoint heading, and the turn direction.

 

You may have to press ALT-UP arrow a few times before you move past the exit ramp to the nearest intersection. The name of the intersection is your major clue as to the exit name from a highway. Ramps may have a couple Waypoints because they curve around. Also, the intersection at the end of the ramp isn't always the name of the exit. There may also be exit numbers in the database.  Exit numbers are included in the turn instructions.   They are also automatically announced if you have LookAround intersections enabled.

 

Once you approach the turning point, you will be alerted and you can tell the driver to take the next exit. Normally you want Turns-Only mode activated. This way you will not hear each Waypoint as you reach it. You can always display the name of the current Waypoint by pressing K. If you are on a highway, these individual Waypoints may not be legal exits or entrances from the highway.

 

Route Commands Menu

 

Hot key: R

Menu: ALT, R

 

To access the Route Commands Menu, press R. You can move down through the commands by pressing DOWN arrow or the shortcut letter for the command you want. I.E. P to create a pedestrian route. The Route Commands menu is separated into 3 categories followed by the frequently used commands.

 

The 3 categories are:

- Route announcement

- Route management

- Route settings

 

To display the list of commands within those categories, press ENTER on the appropriate menu item.

 

 

Frequently Used Route Commands

 

The following are some frequently used commands which display information while a route is open:

Next turn or road transition: T or ACCENT

Destination information: D

Current Waypoint: K

Nearest Waypoint: N

Percent of route completed: PERCENT

List of route turns: INSERT-TAB

List of Waypoints: INSERT-W

Route distance and ETA from current position to Explore Waypoint: R, A, G

Total route distance: R, A, D

 

 

Route options

 

Hot key menu style: R, T

Hot key dialog box style: CONTROL-R

 

The following are the route settings and their defaults. If you use the Route menu, all options begin with R, T. For example, to adjust the setting for pedestrian turns, press R, T, X. If you use the dialog box by pressing CONTROL-R, all route options are presented in a list. Press DOWN arrow to move down the list and press SPACE to cycle through the choices.

 

7.1 Route Menu (R)

 

The "Route" menu of SenseNav contains the following menu items.

 

- Create pedestrian route (P) R P

- Create vehicle route (V) R V

- Create manual route (N) R N

- Load route (O) R O

- Save route (S) R S

- Export route as file (X) R X

- Close current route (C) R C

- Recalculate route (E) BACKAPOSTROPHE or R E

- Reverse route (R) R R

- Route status (I) R I

 

 

 

7.2 Creating pedestrian or vehicle routes R P or R V

 

Choosing one of these two items from the menu or by pressing R P or R V from the main display area will create either a pedestrian or a vehicle route respectively. As discussed in sections 3 and 6 of this manual, there must be a starting point and a destination set to successfully create a pedestrian or a vehicle route using this method. The starting point can either be the live GPS position, or the virtual position. If you will be using the virtual position as your starting point, you will need to successfully set your virtual position as discussed in sections 5 and 6 of this manual. Once you have both starting point and destination set, you can create either a pedestrian route or a vehicle route. A faster way to create these types of routes without having to first set the destination is by using the “Drive there” or “Walk there” buttons. These buttons are discussed in section 7.15 of this manual.

 

 

To create a pedestrian route using the quick key system, do the following:

 

1)    Press R to open the route menu.

2)    Arrow to the menu item "Create pedestrian route" then press ENTER, or press P. SenseNav will display, "Creating Pedestrian route."

 

 

To create a vehicle route using the quick key system, do the following:

 

1)    Press R to open the route menu.

2)    Arrow to the menu item "Create vehicle route" then press ENTER, or press V. SenseNav will display, "Creating vehicle route."

 

 

If you attempt to create a pedestrian or vehicle route using the "Route" menu and you do not first have a destination set, SenseNav will display, "No destination set." Once a pedestrian or vehicle route has been created, the menu will close and SenseNav will display that the route has been created successfully. The waypoints which make up the route will be available to you. SenseNav will automatically display the necessary instructions of where to go to get started on the route. While the route is open, you can explore it using CONTROL-I for the turns list.

 

 

 

7.3 Create manual route R N

 

Choosing this item from the menu or by pressing R N from the main display area will create a manual route. Creating manual routes is slightly different than creating a normal pedestrian or vehicle route. With manual routes, you have to define the waypoints manually using the "set waypoint" command with ALT-K, or using the "set waypoint" button from the methods discussed in section 7 of this manual.

 

 

To create a manual route using the quick key system, do the following:

 

1)    Press R to open the route menu.

2)    Arrow to the menu item "Create manual route" then press ENTER, or press N. SenseNav will display, "Creating manual route."

 

 

Remember that with manual routes, you do not need to have a destination set. The current position will be used as the starting point for the route, so if you are not in GPS navigation, you will need to first set your virtual position using the methods discussed in sections 5 and 6 of this manual. Once the route has been created, SenseNav will display, "Route created successfully." Because there are no waypoints defined, you will have to define them manually. Defining the waypoints manually is done in 1 of 2 ways. Either by moving to each waypoint physically while you are in GPS navigation or by virtually exploring to the location where you want to set the waypoint.

 

 

Defining manual waypoints while you are in GPS navigation is done as follows:

 

1)    Create the manual route while you are physically at the starting point.

2)    Walk or drive to the position where you would like the next turning point to be placed.

3)    Before making the actual turn, press ALT-K. SenseNav will display, "Set current position to waypoint dialog box."

4)    Follow the instructions discussed in the next section of this manual which explains this dialog box.

5)    Repeat steps 2 through 4 until you reach your destination. The last waypoint will need to be set, but it will not be a turning waypoint.

6)    Save your route by pressing R S. Saving routes is discussed in section 7.5 of this manual.

 

 

Defining manual waypoints while you are in Virtual Navigation is done as follows:

 

1)    Set your virtual position as discussed in sections 5 and 6 of this manual. Then create the manual route.

2)    Using the virtual explorer commands discussed in section 9 of this manual, virtually move to the next position you will be turning.

3)    Before making the actual turn, press ALT-K. SenseNav will display, "Set current position to waypoint dialog box."

4)    Follow the instructions discussed in the next section of this manual which explains this dialog box.

5)    Repeat steps 2 through 4 until you reach your destination. The last waypoint will need to be set, but it will not be a turning waypoint.

6)    Save your route by pressing R S. Saving routes is discussed in section 7.5 of this manual.

 

 

Note: Until the waypoints have been defined, you will not be able to move through the route using the movement keys which are discussed in section 7.11 of this manual.

 

7.3.1 Set current position to waypoint (K) ALT-K

 

Choosing this item from the menu or by pressing ALT-K from the main display area opens the "Set current position to waypoint" dialog box which contains several edit boxes and buttons. This dialog box is used to create a new waypoint based on your current position.

 

What is a waypoint? Basically a waypoint is used to define a route. In order for the route to be followed, you must navigate to the nearest waypoint, then to the next one in turn until the destination is reached. As we have discussed in prior sections of this manual, a waypoint can be an unmarked spot on the map, a point of interest, or a set of coordinates. When routes are created, a series of waypoints are made which the route will follow. Some waypoints are more significant than others. For example, a part of your route might consist of traveling for 3 miles along one street, then making a left turn at a specific intersection. All the intersections from your starting point, through the intersection where you must turn might be defined as waypoints. However, only that last waypoint where you are supposed to turn is more significant. When SenseNav creates a vehicle or pedestrian route, it defines a series of waypoints which make up the route. Several of these waypoints will be turning waypoints and by default they will be displayed and the instructions will be given as you proceed along the route.

 

Currently, you can only add waypoints to manual routes. Full details of routes are discussed in section 8 of this manual, and full details of waypoints are discussed in Section 11.

 

 

The following controls are found in this dialog box:

 

         Waypoint name edit box. The name of the waypoint is entered here. This can be an intersection or POI.

         Description edit box. The detailed description of the waypoint is entered here.

         Waypoint direction list box. You can use the UP or DOWN arrow keys to choose whether this waypoint will require no turn, a left turn, or a right turn along the route.

         Waypoint latitude static box. The North/South coordinate is displayed here.

         Waypoint longitude static box. The East/West coordinate is displayed here.

         Waypoint heading static box. The heading in degrees the waypoint is facing is displayed here.

         Confirm button. Pressing this button will close the dialog box, saving the waypoint information.

         Cancel button. Pressing this button will close the dialog box, discarding any changes.

 

 

Note: Pressing ENTER at any time while you are in this dialog box will activate the confirm button.

 

 

 

 

7.4 Load route (O) R O

 

Choosing this item from the menu or by pressing R O from the main display area opens the "Load route" dialog box which contains a list of files, an edit box, and a couple of buttons. This dialog box is used to load a previously saved route.

 

 

The following controls are found in this dialog box:

 

         File list box: This is a list which displays the list of saved routes. The default location is the "RouteFiles" folder.

         File name edit box: This is the edit box where you can enter a name for the route to load. If you know the name of the route you want to load, enter its file name. The .rte extension will automatically be used so you do not need to include it in the name.

         Confirm button: Pressing this button will close the dialog box and load the route.

         Cancel button: Pressing this button will close the dialog box without loading the route.

 

 

Once the route has been loaded, SenseNav will set the virtual position to the start of the route. You will be able to move along the route by using the move keys which are discussed in section 7 of this manual.

 

 

 

7.5 Save route (S) R S

 

Choosing this item from the menu or by pressing R S from the main display area opens the "Save route" dialog box which contains a list of files, an edit box, and a couple of buttons. This dialog box is used to save an open route.

 

 

The following controls are found in this dialog box:

 

         File list box: This is a list which displays the list of saved routes. The default location is the "RouteFiles" folder.

         File name edit box: This is the edit box where you can enter a name for the route to save. By default, the route will be called "route01.rte." If you do not want to use this name, enter a different file name. The .rte extension will automatically be used so you do not need to include it in the name.

         Confirm button: Pressing this button will close the dialog box and save the route.

         Cancel button: Pressing this button will close the dialog box without saving the route.

 

 

Previously saved routes can be beneficial because if you want to use a route in the future, you don't have to create it all over again. This can especially be helpful in the case of manual routes. Also, route files can be shared with other GPS users who use SenseNav or any Sendero-based GPS system. To use a saved route, you will have to load it.

 

If you have an open route which you have not saved and you press ALT-F4 to close SenseNav, the Sense notetaker will prompt you to save the route. If you want to save the route, press ENTER on the Yes button. When you do this, the save route dialog box will open. If you do not want to save the route, press SPACE to change to the "no" button and press ENTER.

 

 

 

7.6 Export route as file (X) R X

 

Choosing this item from the menu or by pressing R X from the main display area opens the "Export route as file" dialog box which contains a list of files, an edit box, and a couple of buttons. This dialog box is used to export an open route to a text file which contains the route instructions.

 

 

The following controls are found in this dialog box:

 

         File list box: This is a list which displays the list of exported routes. The default location is the "RouteFiles" folder.

         File name edit box: This is the edit box where you can enter a name for the route to save. By default, the route will be called "route01.txt." If you do not want to use this name, enter a different file name. The .txt extension will automatically be used so you do not need to include it in the name.

         Confirm button: Pressing this button will close the dialog box and export the route.

         Cancel button: Pressing this button will close the dialog box without exporting the route.

 

 

Exported routes are a good way to save route instructions for later use. You could Email them to someone or you could keep them for later reference. The exported route can be viewed from the Sense notetaker word processor or from any program in the PC or Mac which can open text files such as Notepad or Text edit.

 

 

 

7.7 Close current route (C) R C

 

Choosing this item from the menu or by pressing R C from the main display area closes an open route. It is important to save any open routes first because SenseNav will not prompt you to save the route before closing it.

 

 

To close an open route using the quick key system, do the following:

 

1)    Press R to open the route menu.

2)    Arrow to the menu item "Close route" and press ENTER, or press C. SenseNav will display, "Route closed."

 

 

As soon as the command is executed, the menu will close and so will the route.

 

 

 

7.8 Recalculate a route ALT-ACCENT

 

Choosing this item from the menu or by pressing ALT-ACCENT from the main display area recalculates the current route. There may be times when a route may need to be recalculated. This could be because you turned in the wrong direction, or you decided to take a different way.

 

 

To recalculate a route using the quick key system, press ALT-ACCENT. SenseNav will recalculate the route.

 

 

If you have route recalculation set to "auto" from "route options," you do not need to recalculate manually in case of a wrong turn, but there are times when SenseNav may take some time to detect that you have moved away from the route. You will always have to manually recalculate if you change the destination or add a waypoint. Route options are discussed in section 7.14 of this manual.

 

 

 

7.9 Reverse route R R

 

Choosing this item from the menu or by pressing R twice from the main display area reverses the current route. Reversing the route simply means that the destination becomes the starting point, and the starting point becomes the destination.

 

 

To reverse a route using the quick key system, press R twice. SenseNav will reverse the route.

 

 

There are some types of routes which cannot be reversed. If this happens you can simply reverse the destination and starting point manually. Then you can save the new route after creating it.

 

 

 

7.10 Route status (I) R I

 

Choosing this item from the menu or by pressing R I from the main display area opens the "Route status" dialog box which contains several static boxes and a close button. This dialog box is used to check detailed information regarding an open route.

 

 

The dialog box contains the following information which can be accessed by using the UP and DOWN arrow keys:

 

- Route total distance

- Distance from position to route beginning

- Distance from position to route end

- Estimated time of arrival (ETA)

- Percent of route completed

 

 

To open the route status dialog using the quick key system, press R I. The route status dialog will open.

 

 

Pressing tab once from here will display the Close button which can be pressed to close the dialog box.

 

 

 

7.11 Explore a route

 

As mentioned previously, a route is made up of a series of waypoints. It is possible to move along these waypoints and explore the route. This can be done from either live or virtual navigation.

 

 

The following hot keys are used to explore the route:

 

- ALT-UP ARROW. Pressing this hot key will explore the route forward waypoint by waypoint.

- ALT-DOWN ARROW. Pressing this hot key will explore the route backward waypoint by waypoint.

- ALT-RIGHT ARROW. Pressing this hot key will explore the route forward turn waypoint by turn waypoint.

- ALT-LEFT ARROW. Pressing this hot key will explore the route backward turn waypoint by turn waypoint.

 

 

As these keys are pressed, SenseNav will display; the distance between the waypoints, the waypoint number, the waypoint name, the waypoint heading, and the turn direction. While you are moving along the route, you can press any LookAround hot key to check things such as the nearest POI name, POI information, the nearest waypoint and so on.

 

 

The following are some of the hot keys and quick keys which will give you more information about your surroundings. A complete list of hot keys is given in Section 16 of this manual.

 

- Name of nearest POI: P

- Detailed information about the nearest POI: ALT-P

- Nearest waypoint name: K

- Nearest intersection: X

- Detailed information about the nearest intersection: ALT-X

- Nearest address: A

 

Note: When reading the output of many of these commands on a Braille display, certain symbols are used as abbreviations. Section 2.8 of this manual contains a list of these abbreviations.

 

 

 

7.12 Route announcement R A

 

Choosing this quick key menu by pressing R A activates a sub-menu with the following items:

 

- Total route distance: D

This is the distance from the starting position to the destination.

 

- Distance and ETA from current position to explored waypoint: G

This is the distance and estimated time of arrival from the current position to the next explored waypoint. If you have not explored ahead, the next explore waypoint is usually the next turning point of your route.

 

- Distance from beginning of route to current position: B

This is the distance from the starting point to the current position.

 

- Distance and ETA from current position to route end: E

This is the distance from the current position to the destination.

 

The following are a couple examples of route announcement quick keys:

 

1)    Check total route distance. Press R A D.

2)    Check distance and ETA from current position to the end of the route. Press R A E.

 

 

Note: You must have a route open for any of these commands to function.

 

 

 

7.13 Route management R M

 

Choosing this quick key menu by pressing R M activates a sub-menu with the following items:

 

- Add current waypoint as a POI: P

When this command is executed, it will open the "Add New User POI" dialog box so that you can add the current waypoint as a point of interest. This can be useful if you are traveling along a certain route and you want to add a waypoint in the route as a point of interest. Once added, this location will be displayed the next time you travel to this location even if you are not on a route.

 

 

 

7.14 Route options R T

 

Choosing this quick key menu by pressing R T activates a sub-menu with the following items:

 

- Set auto increment waypoint: A

This command toggles between Auto Increment and Manual Increment announcement modes.  In manual increment mode, you will be advised that you are approaching the Current Waypoint at 1.5 times the arrival distance, default 75 feet, or 23 meters, and then you will be advised that you have arrived near the Current Waypoint when you are within 40% of the arrival distance, default 20 feet.  After you have reached your Waypoint, you have to press W to advance to the Next Waypoint.  This gives you time to consider the current announcement before moving on to the next Waypoint instructions.  Make sure you have R, then T, then M set to Detailed Waypoint mode.  In Auto Increment Waypoint mode, you hear that you are approaching the current Waypoint, that you arrived at that point and then you hear information about the next Waypoint.  That "next" Waypoint is then automatically set as your new current Waypoint.  To find out whether you are in Auto Increment or Manual mode, press CONTROL-R.

 

- Set force sequential mode: F

Before following a route that may wrap back around itself as in a circular route or one with hair pin turns, switch the route type to "Follow Sequential Route" by pressing R, then T, then F.  This ensures that Waypoints will be announced in numeric order.  No points will be skipped or triggered even if they are closer to you than the next numeric point.  This is particularly useful for manually created routes which are far more likely to meander - for example a route that goes North on the left side of the street for 3 blocks then back South on the opposite side of the same street.

 

- Set waypoint mode: M

This setting controls whether SenseNav will display all waypoints along a route, or just the turning waypoints. When set to Turns only mode (default)," SenseNav will only display the turning waypoints along a route. When set to Detailed mode, it will display all waypoints along a route.

 

- Set waypoint numbering: N

This setting controls whether waypoints are numbered. When set to On (default), waypoints will have an assigned number. When set to Off, the waypoints will not be numbered.

 

- Set auto recalculate route: R

This setting controls whether SenseNav will automatically recalculate an open route. When set to Auto (default), routes will be automatically recalculated when SenseNav detects that the route is not being followed correctly. When set to Manual, SenseNav will not automatically recalculate a route. Note: Regardless of this setting, you can always manually recalculate the route by pressing APOSTROPHE.

 

- Pedestrian turns: X

This setting controls how the created route treats pedestrian turns. When set to Shortest distance (default), routes are created based on distance even if it means extra turns. When set to Fewest turns, SenseNav will not take into account the route distance in order to create the route with as few turns as possible.

 

- Vehicle turns: V

This setting controls how the created route treats vehicle turns. When set to Favors right (default), routes tend to have more right turns. The other settings are Favors left and Fewest turns.

 

- Vehicle mode: B

This setting controls which kind of vehicle route is created. When set to Fastest (default), the route is created based on the faster time as determined by the streets used even if it means the distance traveled is longer. When set to shortest, the route is created based on the shortest distance from the starting point to the destination even if it means that it will take longer to reach the destination.

 

- Highways: H

This setting controls how the created route uses highways. When set to Normal (default), highways are used if necessary. When set to None, no highways are used. When set to Preferred, highways are most likely used, and when set to Avoid if possible, highways are most likely not used.

 

- Toll roads: T

This setting controls how the created route uses toll roads. When set to Normal (default), toll roads are used if necessary. When set to None, no toll roads are used. When set to Avoid if possible, toll roads are most likely not used.

 

- Roundabouts: O

This setting controls how the created route uses roundabouts. When set to Normal (default), roundabouts are used if necessary. When set to None, no roundabouts are used. When set to Avoid if possible, roundabouts are most likely not used.

 

- Route LookAround: L

This setting controls the automatic LookAround announcements when a route is open. When set to Route and Intersection (default), the only automatic announcements displayed are route instructions and intersections. The other settings are Route and POI announcements, Route announcements only, and Current LookAround settings. If you select Current LookAround settings, all LookAround announcements as defined by pressing CONTROL-L are used.

 

- Auto close route at destination: C

This setting controls whether the route is automatically closed when you reach the destination. The default setting is On.

 

 

When using the "Route options" menu, only one item can be changed at a time. To change an option, press ENTER on the option you want to change. Then press SPACE to toggle through the choices. Once you have chosen an option, press ENTER and the option will be saved and the menu will close. There is an alternate method of opening an interactive dialog box which allows all options to be changed at once. This dialog box is discussed in Section 14.4 of this manual and is called "Route options."

 

 

The following are a couple examples of changing route options using quick keys:

 

1)    Toggle force sequential mode. R T F SPACE ENTER.

2)    Toggle route recalculation. R T R SPACE ENTER.

 

 

 

7.15 Drive There and Walk There

 

The "Drive there" and "Walk there" buttons are located in various dialog boxes such as "Search for address," "Search for POI," and "User POI manager." When you find a location on the map, whether the location is an address, a favorite, a history location, a POI, or a set of coordinates, you can quickly create a route which will guide you to one of the aforementioned items. Using one of these buttons saves time because you do not need to first set the destination followed by the correct command to create the actual route.

 

 

- Drive there ALT-D button: Pressing this button will set the destination and create a vehicle route.

- Walk there ALT-W button: Pressing this button will set the destination and create a pedestrian route.

 

 

As discussed in section 3 and section 7 of this manual, there are two kinds of automatic routes; vehicle routes and pedestrian routes. Vehicle routes are designed to be followed while riding in a vehicle such as a car, bus, or taxi. Pedestrian routes are designed to be followed on foot. Because of this difference, a vehicle route may use different streets than a pedestrian route. For example, when following a vehicle route you cannot follow it North on a one way street heading South. In the case of a pedestrian route, this would not matter.

 

 

 

7.16 Additional route commands

 

The following additional route commands are ones which can be pressed while you are in the main display area of SenseNav. Note: A full list of the hot keys is given in Section 16 of this manual.

 

- T: Pressing this hot key will display the next turn information.

- D: Pressing this hot key will display the heading and line-of-sight distance to the destination from your current position.

- ALT-E: Pressing this hot key will make the current position the new destination.

 

8 Looking Around

 

SenseNav provides a means of accessing information about your environment through speech and Braille. This information can be invaluable for getting oriented in any environment whether it's familiar or not.

 

Whether you are traveling in a new area or in the same place you've lived in for many years, both informational commands and automatic LookAround announcements can give you a clear picture of your environment. Any place on the map can be defined as a destination, point of interest, or be virtually explored. This is often the way sighted people orient, by using nearby landmarks and signs to know that they are in a familiar or unfamiliar area. The local maps and Points of Interest databases allow the environment to talk to you through the Sense notetaker so a blind person can also orient in this fashion.

 

The commands for looking around work while you are in either Live or Virtual navigation mode, and whether you are following a route or not.

 

 

Automatic LookAround Announcements

 

Hot key menu style: ALT-M

Hot key dialog box style: CONTROL-L

 

The Automatic LookAround Mode constantly searches for POIs and intersections in the vicinity and announces them when they are near. By default, Automatic LookAround announcements trigger on nearby POIs, up-coming intersections, street changes, city changes, zip code changes, and map changes.

 

Any or all LookAround Announcements can be turned off so you have full control of what kind of information is automatically displayed. If you are following a route, Automatic LookAround only announces the route instructions and intersections. You can change this behavior from the Route LookAround settings by pressing R, T, L. To change the general LookAround settings, press CONTROL-L to open the LookAround Options dialog box.

 

When the LookAround Options dialog box opens, you are placed on the master LookAround setting. The dialog box is made up of several lists and edit boxes. Press DOWN arrow to move down a list, TAB to move to the edit boxes, and ENTER to save your changes.

 

The following is the description of the LookAround Options dialog box:

 

The first list contains the following items:

- LookAround: On

This is the master LookAround switch. When set to On (default), all the below LookAround settings are automatically announced as long as their own setting is On. When set to Off, nothing is automatically announced.

 

- Intersections: On

- Commercial POIs: On

- User private POIs: On

- Announce new street name: On

- Announce new city name: On

- Announce new zip code: On

- Announce new map name: On

- Announce annotations: On

- Announce Speed alert: On

 

The next 2 items in the list affect what information about POI announcements are included:

- Include tags in POI announcements: On

- Include distance and direction in POI announcements: Off

 

- Category lists: All

The second and third lists contain the main and sub-categories for the commercial POI LookAround setting. For example, you might want SenseNav to automatically announce nearby POIs, but only if they are in the Restaurant category.

 

- LookAround direction: Ahead

The fourth list is where you can set in what direction SenseNav searches for automatic POI announcements. The choices are Ahead, Right, Behind, Left, Full circle, and the 4 cardinal directions.

 

- Max speed for LookAround intersection: 55 mph

This edit box is where you type a speed value which affects how LookAround intersections are handled. If you are moving faster than the value entered, intersections are not announced. This setting is good for highways.

 

- Confirm button: ENTER

Press this button to close the dialog box and save the changes.

 

- Cancel button: ESCAPE

Press this button to close the dialog box without taking any action.

 

Note: If you would rather change 1 item at a time, press ALT-M to open the LookAround menu. Then you can press the shortcut for the option you want to change.

 

Examples:

1) Turn on or off all LookAround announcements: ALT-M, L, SPACE, ENTER

2) Turn on or off commercial POI announcements: ALT-M, P, SPACE, ENTER

3) Turn on or off new city name announcements: ALT-M, C, SPACE, ENTER

 

 

Manual LookAround Mode

 

Manual LookAround mode allows you to spot check your location. You can use most of these commands whether you are in Live GPS or Virtual navigation mode. However a few commands, such as S for speed, require that you have a GPS fix. The information displayed is relative to your current position when the command is issued.

 

Brief informational commands:

- SPACE announces a summary of your current location.  You will hear information such as nearest intersection, next turn and destination if a route is loaded, heading, nearest address including city and GPS status.  This is a great way to get a summary of your current location with one keystroke.

- A: Displays the nearest address.

- B: Displays the distance traveled.

- C: Displays the city/township/county.

- ALT-C: Displays the city/township/county, state/province, and zip/postal code.

- D: Displays the destination information.

- G: Displays the GPS accuracy. (requires a GPS fix)

- H: Displays the heading.

- I: Displays the distance between the virtual and live positions.

- P: Displays the name of the nearest POI.

- Q: Displays the GPS accuracy and quality in greater detail. (requires a GPS fix)

- S: Displays the live position speed. (requires a GPS fix)

- U: Displays the GPS date and time. (requires a GPS fix)

- X: Displays the nearest intersection information.

- COMMA: Displays the next intersection information.

- ALT-X: Displays the nearest intersection information with additional details.

- ALT-COMMA: Displays the next intersection information with additional details.

- Y: Displays the latitude and longitude coordinates.

- Z: Displays the current altitude of the live position. (requires a GPS fix)

 

The following informational commands open a dialog box when pressed. While the dialog box is open, press DOWN arrow to move down the list and TAB to move to additional buttons which may contain additional actions. Press ENTER to close the dialog box and return to the main display area.

 

- CONTROL-D: Displays detailed information about the destination.

- F: Displays a list of all nearby POIs.

- INSERT-F: Displays the favorites list.

- ALT-G: Displays detailed information about the GPS receiver.

- INSERT-H: Displays the history list.

- CONTROL-I: Displays detailed information about the location such as street, city, county, address range, and road class.

- CONTROL-P: Displays the list of user-defined POIs.

- ALT-P: Displays the list of details for the nearest POI.

- ALT-U: Displays the User POI manager.

- CONTROL-U: Displays the GPS date and time along with a button to set the Sense notetaker's time to the GPS. (requires a GPS fix)

- CONTROL-X: Displays the nearest intersection information with additional details and actions.

- CONTROL-COMMA: Displays the next intersection information with additional details and actions.

 

Note: Other hot keys which give other types of information or perform additional actions are listed at the end of this manual.

 

 

Multiple Repeat Commands

 

Hot key menu style: M

Hot key dialog box style: CONTROL-M

 

The Multiple Repeat mode of SenseNav is where informational commands are automatically issued as if you kept pressing them at certain intervals.

 

Situations where you might use multiple repeat commands:

1)    You are walking in a park and want to make sure you are not veering too far from a direction. Press M, H so that SenseNav automatically issues the heading command every X number of seconds.

2)    You want to make sure you are walking at a certain speed. Press M, S so that SenseNav automatically issues the speed command every X number of seconds.

3)    You are walking across a large parking lot in order to reach a row of mailboxes which are already set as your destination. Press M, D so that SenseNav automatically issues the destination command every X number of seconds.

 

The default interval for the multiple repeat commands is 12 seconds. This interval can be changed by pressing M, I. The range is between 5 and 300 seconds. If you want to force SenseNav to immediately issue the multiple repeat commands which are enabled without waiting for the specified interval, press ALT-A.

 

To enable or disable any multiple repeat command, press M followed by the command's shortcut. If the command is disabled, it will be enabled and vice versa. For example, press M, D to turn on the destination command and again to turn it off. If you are not sure which commands are on or off, press M, M to disable them all at once. If you are not sure of the command's shortcut, press M by itself, then arrow down the menu with DOWN arrow.

 

The following is the list of the multiple repeat commands and their shortcuts:

- Turn off all multiple repeat commands: M

- Multiple repeat interval: I

- Intersection: X

- Detailed intersection: N

- Heading: H

- Destination: D

- Route current Waypoint: K

- Route next turn: T

- Route ETA: E

- Speed: S

- GPS status: G

- City: C

- Address: A

- Current POI: P

- Altitude: Z

- Distance between Live and virtual position: V

- Distance traveled: B

- Percent of route completed: R

 

Note: if the multiple repeat commands are too verbose, you can turn off the SenseNav prompts by pressing O, V and setting Verbose prompts to Off. Additionally, if you want to enable or disable multiple repeat commands from a dialog box, press CONTROL-M.

 

9 Virtual Navigation (V)

 

The "Virtual navigation" menu of SenseNav contains the following menu items.

 

- Virtual/GPS navigation toggle (V) V

- Move forward virtual explorer (F) UP ARROW

- Move backward virtual explorer (B) DOWN ARROW

- Turn left virtual explorer (L) LEFT ARROW

- Turn right virtual explorer (R) RIGHT ARROW

- Cross the street Virtual explorer (C) CONTROL-UP ARROW

 

This section will discuss how to move about using virtual explorer while you are in virtual navigation. Details of virtual navigation are discussed in section 2.6 of this manual. Before you can move using virtual explorer, you will need to set the virtual position using the methods discussed in section 6 of this manual. In most cases, simply launching SenseNav with loaded map data will automatically place your virtual position either at a tourist attraction, or in the capital city of a state or country.

 

Note: The virtual/GPS navigation toggle in this menu is the same as discussed in section 2.7 of this manual. Also, the additional menu items are all used to move the virtual position called virtual explorer. Virtual explorer is discussed in section 9.2 of this manual.

 

 

 

9.1 Virtual/GPS navigation toggle (V) V

 

Choosing this item from the menu or by pressing V from the main display area will toggle the navigation mode. Details of using this feature are discussed in section 2.7 of this manual. If you want to know which mode you are currently in, you can press ALT-I and SenseNav will display the current navigation mode. If there is no GPS receiver connected, you can only use virtual navigation.

 

 

 

9.2 Virtual explorer

 

When you move to a new position on the map while you are in virtual navigation, you are using the virtual explorer. Each new position you move to is known as the current or virtual position. If you create a route, the current position will be used as the starting point of the route. All virtual explorer movement can be done either from the program menu or by using hot keys. Before you can explore you must turn left or right. Press LEFT ARROW to make a left turn, and RIGHT ARROW to make a right turn. Undo is done by pressing DOWN ARROW. Note: When undoing the last movement, you are still facing in the forward direction. This means that if you move 5 blocks South along a street, then you move backwards 1 block. You will still be facing south and it will be as if you had only moved 4 blocks to begin with.

 

As you move to each new intersection, SenseNav displays the distance between the intersections, heading, street name and turning direction. All LookAround keys such as those briefly listed in section 8.10 of this manual apply. A full list of the hot keys is given in Section 16 of this manual.

 

If you have a route open, you can use the route movement keys discussed in section 7.11 of this manual together with the keys in this section. For example, let's say you are exploring a route with ALT-UP ARROW and you come to an intersection which has a street you are curious about. You can press RIGHT ARROW to make a right turn on that street and explore it even if your route does not say to turn on this street.

 

As you virtually move around in the map, you can press any informational hot key such as H for heading and B for distance traveled. Additionally, you can find points of interest from your current virtual position. So if you find a restaurant 350 feet away, you can set it as a destination. Then later when you are in GPS navigation, you can create a route to it.

 

9.3 Side of Street tracking.

 

In Sense Navigation there are two ways to explore the street layout.  By default when you explore you move from intersection to intersection.  Think of yourself walking down the center of the street, you are not taking into account the side of the street you are walking down, you are just moving from intersection to intersection.  When you enable Virtual Side of Street Tracking it is as if you are walking along a virtual sidewalk.  For example if you set your explore position to your house the street is in front of you.  Pressing LEFT ARROW will turn you to the left and you are on the left side of the street.  Another difference is when you reach an intersection you must press CONTROL-UP ARROW to cross the street.  This is because when you reach the intersection, you could cross the street ahead of you or you could turn right and cross to the other side of your street, turn right again and walk along the opposite side of the street.

 

To toggle Virtual Side of Street Tracking: From the main GPS application, select the GPS options menu by pressing O, then press down arrow to move to the side of street tracking” item  and press ENTER.  Alternatively from the main GPS program press O then I.

 

Lets explore around the address where Superman was created 10999 Amor Avenue, Cleveland OH 44108.

 

Use the address lookup command L to set your explore position to this address.  See section 5 for details.

“At 10999 Amor Ave heading southeast. 1 feet left to Parkwood Drive, 0.29 mi right to East 105th Street.”

 

Press RIGHT ARROW to turn right.

“southwest on the right side of Amor Avenue at Parkwood Drive, behind and right”

 

Now press A to find out the nearest address.

“Address: 10999 Amor Avenue, right side”

Notice you are told you are on the right side.  Picture yourself walking along the right side of the street.  The side of street information is also announced when you turn.

 

Now press UP ARROW to move forward.

“You must cross the street before moving forward.”

 

Press ALT-UP ARROW to cross the street.

“Crossed Parkwood Drive”

 

Press UP ARROW to move forward.

“0.29 mi west, East 105th Street, right and left and Amor Avenue, behind.”

You are now standing on the right corner and are still on the right side of Amor Avenue.  We have some choices.  We can cross East 105th Street and continue ahead, turn right and walk along the right side of East 105th Street, or turn left and cross Amor Avenue. Because Amor avenue ends here, we can only turn left or right.

 

Lets turn left by pressing LEFT ARROW.

“south on the left side of East 105th Street at Amor Avenue, left”

 

We have not crossed the street, we just turned at the corner.  To cross Amor Avenue we must press ALT-UP ARROW.  If we press UP ARROW to move forward we will be told to cross the street first. 

 

Press ALT-UP ARROW to cross the street.

“Crossed Amor Avenue”

We are now walking along East 105th Street on the left side.  Press A to confirm this.

“Address: 976 East 105th Street, left side”

 

Now that we have crossed the street, press UP ARROW to move to the next intersection.

“126 feet south, Adams Avenue, right”

 

Press UP ARROW to move to the next intersection. 

“170 feet south, Morison Avenue, left”

 

As you can see, you  did not need to cross the street as Adams Avenue is on the other side of East 105th Street. 

 

Finally, turn to the left by pressing LEFT ARROW.

“east on the left side of Morison Avenue at East 105th Street”

 

Confirm the side of the street by pressing A.

“Address: 10501 Morison Avenue, left side”

 

As you can see from the example above, this is a powerful way to explore an area and get great details down to the side of the street you might be walking along. 

 

10 Miscellaneous Functions of SenseNav

 

This section discusses various miscellaneous functions available in SenseNav.

 

 

10.1 Copying Text to the Clipboard

 

Hot key: CONTROL-C

 

Copying text from an edit box from within any program of the Sense notetaker has always been possible. You simply select the text you want to copy, then you press CONTROL-C to copy it to the clipboard. Later, you can paste the clipboard contents into another program by pressing CONTROL-V. SenseNav is a little different because the majority of the information it displays is contained inside a static box which you cannot edit. Normally if you cannot edit the static box, you cannot select text to copy. However there are times when you would like to copy and paste certain information from SenseNav into another program like the address book or a text file in the word processor. When SenseNav is displaying any information in a static box, you can press CONTROL-C and the contents of the static box are copied to the clipboard as if you had first selected the text to copy.

 

Example:

1)    From the main display area of SenseNav, press the letter A to display the nearest address.

2)    Press CONTROL-C to copy this information to the clipboard.

3)    Press WINDOWS, W to open the word processor of the Sense notetaker.

4)    Press CONTROL-V to paste the clipboard contents into the blank document.

 

When you read the current line you will find that the output of the nearest address command is now pasted into the document. Information which can be copied to the clipboard can be any output from a command entered in the main display area of SenseNav, and any information displayed in static boxes from searching for addresses, POIs, waypoints, or coordinates.

 

 

10.2 Distance Traveled

 

Hot key: B

 

SenseNav keeps track of how much ground you have covered in either the Live GPS or Virtual Navigation modes. The distance is measured according to the unit of measurement defined in the SenseNav configuration.

 

To display the distance traveled, press B. This command can be pressed any time you want to check how far you have traveled, whether it's in Live GPS or Virtual Navigation mode.

 

The distance traveled while in Live GPS Navigation is kept separate from Virtual Navigation. For example, if you have traveled 15 miles in GPS navigation, but have not moved at all in Virtual, the distance traveled is reported as 0 if you press B while you are in Virtual Navigation.

 

To reset the distance traveled counter back to 0, press ALT-B.

 

 

10.3 Speed Announcement

 

Hot key: S or LEFT_BRACKET

 

To display the current speed, press S or LEFT_BRACKET. At lower speeds you will hear speeds such as 2.4 or 3.8. You must be tracking GPS satellites or in a GPS replay in order for this command to function.

 

 

10.4 Compass Heading

 

Hot key: H or RIGHT-BRACKET

 

To display the current heading in terms of a compass reading and degrees, press H or RIGHT_BRACKET. SenseNav displays the cardinal direction followed by the degrees. The average of your heading is calculated to minimize the variations in heading due to GPS fluctuations around 30 feet.

 

The degree reading is an excellent way to understand when you are on a curving road that would otherwise be difficult to detect by feel. It can take up to 10 to 15 seconds at pedestrian speeds to determine your direction of travel.

 

The following are the cardinal directions and their degrees:

- North: 0

- Northeast: 45

- East: 90

- Southeast: 135

- South: 180

- Southwest: 225

- West: 270