overTHERE icon: Globe image with pointing finger


overTHERE is a free iPhone app that gives blind pedestrians quick and easy access to accurate location information about businesses and other points of interest in the world. Simply point your phone in a direction to hear what’s “over there,” and audio cues make it easy to quickly and accurately pinpoint exact locations of businesses and addresses. Download overTHERE from the App Store.

overTHERE grew out of Smith-Kettlewell's Virtual Talking Signs project. The app uses an interface based on Talking Signs – a system of infrared transmitters and receivers that Smith-Kettlewell originally developed to make signage accessible for blind pedestrians. The original Talking Signs system allowed the location of a transmitter to be determined by moving the receiver back and forth across the beam of a transmitter until the strongest signal is heard. overTHERE uses a similar interface, offering many of the advantages of Talking Signs, but now the transmitters are Google map pins and the receiver is your iPhone.

We offer overTHERE as a free, powerful demonstration of this compelling virtual Talking Signs interface for use in providing accessible environmental information. overTHERE does not attempt to compete with the scope and power of other accessible GPS apps with their rich feature sets and route navigation. Rather, overTHERE is a simple app that performs a SINGLE job -- telling the user quickly and intuitively what is "over there."

Please feel free to contact us with questions or comments about the app or related research by sending e-mail to overthere@ski.org

Smith-Kettlewell's work on overTHERE was made possible by a grant from NIDRR supporting our Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Low Vision and Blindness. This app would not have been possible without the incredible technical expertise, generosity, and patience of the developers -- Dmitrijs Prohorenkovs and Ivette Doss of LABS301.