ACB – captain GPS from ILA

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Kapten Personal GPS Voice Navigator
ILA Item 240460

The city is best when it’s never the same

The Concept
The first voice GPS for smart urbanites

GPS is great – until you get out of your car….
Which is why Kapsys is introducing the very first smart urban navigator with
no screen!
The ultra-compact Kapten is 100% voice interactive and incredibly simple.
Enjoying life in the city has never been so easy…!

The backstory…

Back in 2006, Kapsys creator Aram Hekimian was visiting Tokyo when he had kind of a
wild idea. What if you were lost in a city where the streets didn’t have numbers- or even
names, for that matter- and you were desperate to get to that little hotel that promised to
save the last room for you? And that’s how Aram came up with concept of a GPS that
would be so light and so small and compact, you could just carry in your pocket and find
your way around any city in the world.
The idea was one thing, but he admittedly had doubts, not to mention quite a few questions
to be answered. He sought out advice. Some said the concept was risky, others thought
it was bold. He became convinced that there was a real need for a GPS that would in
fact be a little more than just a GPS. And he became persuaded that navigating without
a screen was a powerful asset, because he knew that a device like this would really be
useful when people weren’t in a car. So he decided it was time for action.
In 2007 he founded Kapsys, a 100-percent French company that’s totally independent and
100-percent equity financed. He put together a tight-knit team of the best people and the
best partners. A year later, he unveiled Kapten: the first voice GPS for smart urbanites.

More than just a GPS…
Multi-transport navigation
Audio guide
MP3 player 1 GB/FM radio
USB key
Community website

The benefits of screenless…
Ultra-compact size
(7cm high, only 50 grams)
Record autonomy
(4-5 hours of operation)
Optimum safety
(eyes are always on the sidewalk or street)
(voice control)


Multifunction friend in the city for huge fun

K-multimove: Life is about more than cars…

Kapten adapts to the way you get around – on foot, bicycle, motorcycle, public transportation or car. It automatically adjusts your itinerary and directs you using the navigation mode you choose with a simple voice command.

If you’re walking, for example, one-way streets or cutting through the park aren’t a problem. Kapten never routes you the long way around…or just default to big highways. On a bicycle, it knows you need to avoid highways and chooses bike paths whenever they’re available. And of course it has more “conventional” GPS functions when you do use a motorcycle or car, but with simple and safer voice controls.

K-tag: The new must for “Urban Trotters”!

Just press a button and Kapten records a place you’ve spotted-a restaurant, bar, store or meeting point. Once you record it, all you need to do is add a voice memo with a simple voice command. Then just say the name and Kapten leads you
right where you want to go. It’s as simple as that.

Plus, the Openshare community on lets you post and add comments for your geotags, keeping them private or sharing them with others if you like. You can also download and use geotags posted by other “urban trotters”. A great way to rediscover your own city or other cities that quickly become as familiar as your home town!

K-connect: Phone too (yes! you really can!)

Kapten connects to your mobile phone via a Bluetooth® coonection so you don’t have to change earphones. Just synchronize and say the name of the person you want to call. If you receive a call while your Kapten is
in navigation or MP3/FM mode it tells you who’s calling and you just press a key to answer.

That’s not all- you can sync your Kapten to display your route right on your phone screen too.

K-play: The city is your playground…

MP3/FM radio:
Choose from all of your downloaded songs or tune into your favorite FM station in seconds, all hands-free of course, thanks to voice
commands. You’ll love the exceptional superior audio quality too.

USB key:
Store up to 1 GB in the USB flash memory.

Audio Guide:
Discover or rediscover monuments and
places of interest in the world’s great
cities without weighing yourself down
with guide books.



Multi-transport navigation:
Pedestrian, public transportation, bicycle, motorcycle, car. Public transportation maps for major cities.

Mobile phone call management
Bluetooth® mobile phone interface

Voice control interface:
Destination input
Navigation instructions
Radio station selection
Artist or album selection (from MP3 files)
Call management (take a call, call back etc.)

Optional user interface via mobile phone (see list of compatible Bluetooth®handsets on

Create K-tags

FM radio
MP3 player and USB flash drive (1 GB capacity)

Technical specifications:

• size 74 x 44 x 13 mm (H x L x D)
• weight 50 grams
• memory 1 GB
• antennas Built-in
• maps Tele Atlas
• Bluetooth® 2.0
• micro USB 2.0 FullSpeed
• battery 750 mA
• audio player MP3 Format
• warranty 1 year
• speech recognition & text-to-speech: Nuance®
• Will work with PC’s running (Windows 2000, XP, Vista) and on the Mac running (OS X 10.4)
• USB Charger
• stereo earphones with built-in microphone
USB cable
• portable speaker
• battery backup: extra 17 hours of rechargeable battery life
• carrying case

For Technical Support on the Kapten purchased through Independent Living Aids, please contact:

Technical Support
Phone: (800) 537-2118



Filed under ACB, assistive technologies, NaBloPoMo 2009

11 Responses to ACB – captain GPS from ILA

  1. Oooo! That sounds awesome!!!! I have a regular GPS and ‘she’ is a life saver. This new kind would be really cool to have!

  2. Ro

    Yeah, between this and Victor, I’m gonna need to win the lottery, but dreaming is good. Who knows maybe someday I’ll have it. I like that its not being marketed as assistive technology. Its something everyone can use, that blinks can benefit from. Awesome! Now if the price will just come down, which it could, since it’ll be competing with other GPS devices, and not just the few other pieces of assistive technologies.

  3. Although this is currently the cheapest option for an accessible GPS, you might be disappointed in it’s performance. Here’s a review written by Mike May from Sendero.

  4. I know he, Mike May of Sendero, is a competitor, but I have heard some not so good things about it. If you get a chance to play with one before you commit to one, that might be a good idea. Otherwise, it’ll be the smallest screenless device you can throw.

  5. Ro

    I’m not feeling so bad about not being able to afford it lol! I know I can get GPS on my phone, and I talked to a guy with the same phone and Mobilespeak and he loves his GPS on there. Its not something I need right away, but I like to know my options.

  6. Yeah and you guys have better data plans. If you get it on your phone, you have to have a data plan. mmm…wayfinder. Unless your friend is crazy and has Mobile Geo. That costs an arm and a leg. I want me some GPS. Oh I wish I had more dough.

  7. Ro

    I got rid of my data plan. I wasn’t using it, and it was like 26 bucks. Stupid. I don’t remember what he has. Maybe I’ll just rely on my braille compass and spatial skills lol!

  8. I suck at the braille compass. Maybe someday you can show me the magic trick to it.

  9. Ro

    I haven’t used it a lot. Dave put a bump dot on north so its easier to feel. I need to do more practice with it, but it makes sense to me. The bump dot always goes north, so I know if its on the right, then I’m facing west, that kind of thing. I definitely need to bust it out and practice.

  10. My problem is I’d always jar the thing just trying to have a look at it. Then I didn’t know if north was really pointing north, or if I’d given it a little spin. I can use a braille watch, but not a braille compass! Hahhaha! And with me, there’s the extra hurdle of not being able to tie cardinal directions in so they meant something to me as far as which direction I’m going. I friggin never know if I’m walking north or south, east or west anyway! hahaaha!

  11. Ro

    LOL yeah, I love it when Dave tries to explain an intersection I’m not familiar with by saying north east corner and I’m like, I don’t care, tell me left or right. I’m weird when it comes to directions. In areas I’m familiar with, I’ll know exactly, but drop me somehwere and I have no clue.

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