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Welcome to Loadstone GPS

Welcome to the Loadstone GPS website focussing on the new version of Loadstone for IOS. Find information on the previous version for Nokia on the Loadstone Legacy Site.

Please note that this site is under construction. Visit often for updates.

Loadstone GPS for IOS is an app which enables blind pedestrians to "go blindly where everyone sighted has gone before." What sets Loadstone apart from other GPS apps for the blind?  

  • no data plan required
  • available in multiple languages
  • create, store, and share your own navigation waypoints with others

There is a growing community of Loadstone users, testers and developers. This kind of self-help and collaboration on a global scale is a very new and unique approach.

Latest News

Behind the Scenes of Loadstone

August 19, 2017 - Check out this fun look Behind the Scenes of Loadstone GPS.

Text Tutorials Update

August 16, 2017 - We are transcribing our video tutorials into text. Find them on the Tutorials Page.

Loadstone GPS Needs Donations!

The development and maintenance of #LoadstoneGPS is a labour of love for developer Shawn Kirkpatrick. He prides himself on making Loadstone the most efficient and feature-packed app for the blind. Users have grown to expect fast performance and immediate tech support. Here's the catch: aside from donations, Loadstone is an unpaid labour of love. Want Loadstone to be faster and better? Watch our Loadstone GPS GoFundMe Video and donate what you can. Every dollar counts.

Loadstone GPS Introduction Video

If you're a new user, or if you're interested in learning about what Loadstone GPS does, watch the Introduction to Loadstone Video.

Loadstone GPS Help - Navigation Screen

August 12, 2017 - This is the first screen you see when you launch Loadstone GPS. Read the Navigation Screen Help page.

New #LoadstoneTutorial

August 10, 2017 - Learn how to create and use checkpoints.

Loadstone GPS Tutorial - Checkpoints

Check out all the #LoadstoneTutorials posted on the Tutorials page.

Update to Getting Started Page

August 8, 2017 - More detailed instructions have been added to the Getting Started Page.

Introducing Loadstone Tutorials!

August 7, 2017 - Some users have suggested we put out a series of #LoadstoneTutorials. Look for the complete list on our Tutorials page.

Loadstone App Update

August 3, 2017 - Loadstone GPS Version 1.1 is available from the App Store! This version includes a smoother registration process for new users as well as Italian and Arabic translations.

Getting Started with Loadstone

August 1, 2017 - You purchased Loadstone GPS from the App Store. Now what? We promise a User's Guide will be posted soon and there might even be Youtube tutorials in the near future. For now, take a look at Loadstone's Getting Started page. 

Loadstone GPS for IOS in Action!

July 29, 2017 - We used Loadstone GPS for IOS to get to our favourite fireworks viewing spot at English Bay in Vancouver. Watch the Loadstone GPS at English Bay video.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page

July 31, 2017 - More questions and answers added.

July 25,2017 - Now that Loadstone GPS is on sale in the App Store, we're working on answering any questions users may have. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page often to see if your answer is there. If not, email us your questions.

Loadstone Overview Presentation

July 25, 2017 - Check out this Brief Introduction to Loadstone to learn more about Loadstone GPS Developer, Shawn Kirkpatrick, as well as a bit of Loadstone history and our vision moving forward.

Launch Party Photos

July 25, 2017 - Check out some of the photos from the Loadstone GPS for IOS Launch Party. This Accessible PDF Photo Album includes photo titles and descriptions that are readable by screenreaders.

Loadstone Launch Party a Success!

July 23, 2017 - Thank you to everyone who attended Loadstone's Launch Party on Saturday July 22, 2017! We gratefully acknowledge our sponsors: The Inn at the Quay, The Boathouse Restaurant, Galloways Fine Foods and Specialties, Instant Imprints, The Firefighters Public House, Starbucks and McDonaldss.

Purchase Loadstone GPS for IOS!

July 21, 2017 - Purchase Loadstone GPS from the App Store!

Quick Links

Loadstone GoFundMe Campaign 

Loadstone on Facebook

Loadstone GPS on Twitter

More About Shawn Kirkpatrick