Loadstone logo

Welcome to Loadstone GPS

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

This site is updated almost daily, so please visit often!

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

Version 1.3 Release Notes

July 20, 2018 - Loadstone-GPS Version 1.3 will hit the App Store on July 21, 2018, when Loadstone-GPS for IOS celebrates its first anniversary in the App Store. Read the Version 1.3 Release Notes.

Routes and Exploration Mode Coming in Version 1.3!

July 15, 2018 - Check out these videos to learn more about the new features coming in Loadstone GPS Version 1.3.

Loadstone GPS - Version 1.3 Preview - Routes

Loadstone GPS - Version 1.3 Preview - Exploration Mode

Version 1.3 Preview

June 26, 2018 - We've been silent but not idle. Laying the groundwork for turn-by-turn navigation. Check out the Version 1.3 Preview!

 Still No Action from Walmart

June 26, 2018 - Neither Walmart Rewards Mastercard nor NCIX stepped up to help LoadstoneGPS and the hundreds of blind pedestrians who use the app worldwide. Read the Update on Walmart and NCIX situation. 

March 25, 2018- Loadstone app developer, Shawn Kirkpatrick, is still waiting for a "supervisor" to contact him to resolve his request for a chargeback. Watch our video that calls out both NCIX and Walmart Rewards Mastercard for robbing the blind. Support us with the hashtag #robbingtheblind.


Blind App Developer, Shawn Kirkpatrick, Blasts Walmart

March 6, 2018 - Read the latest update on our challenges to get a refund for a hard drive we paid for but never received. Blind App Developer Blasts Walmart.

Walmart Canada 'wants to help'

March 1, 2018 - Walmart Canada 'wants to help' blind customer - Responding to a post On their Facebook page, @Walmart Canada said on Monday that they 'want to help' #LoadstoneGPS app developer, Shawn Kirkpatrick, 'resolve the issue' of reversing the charges to his @Walmart Mastercard for a product that has, to date, not been received. Read the Media Releases.

Loadstone on @AT_Banter Podcast

January 12, 2018 - Shawn Kirkpatrick, Loadstone app developer, chats with the hosts of the AT Banter podcast.

Happy 2018 from Loadstone!

Check out our Christmas and New Year video message. Wishing all our donors, supporters and users all the best for 2018!

Call for Volunteer Translators

October 6, 2017 - What is involved in being a Loadstone translator? Read the Translators page for more information.

October 5, 2017 - Are you fluent in a language besides English and want volunteer translation experience? #LoadstoneGPS could use your skills. We've already got Polish, German, Russian, Turkish, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese and Serbian. Any other language translations are welcome and appreciated. Translation involves geographic terms, usage policies and the app's user guide. Please contact Loadstone's app developer, Shawn Kirkpatrick, if you're interested. Thank you!

Video - Preview of Version 1.2

September 30, 2017 - a sneak peek at Version 1.2, scheduled for release in the App Store within the next 3 weeks. If you've already tried this app, reviews are welcome.

Text Tutorials Update

September 2, 2017 - Loadstone GPS Help - Settings Tab - Customization

August 31, 2017 - Loadstone GPS Help - Settings Tab - General to Advanced

August 30, 2017 - Loadstone GPS Help - Extras Tab

Latest Video Tutorial

August 26, 2017 - Loadstone GPS Tutorial - Settings - Part 2

One Month in the App Store!

August 22, 2017 - It's been one month since #LoadstoneGPS hit the App Store! We've sold 315 copies, given the Loadstone website a new look with almost daily content updates, posted video and text #LoadstoneTutorials, ramped up our Facebook and Twitter presence and released an app update. Thank you to our launch sponsors, our donors, our beta testers and translators and those of you who have purchased the app. Let's keep the momentum going!

Another Loadstone Adventure

August 20, 2017 - Use Loadstone to get out and explore! We took the Q to Q Ferry in New Westminster and enjoyed a stroll along Queensborough's riverfront. Check out Loadstone in Queensborough via the Q to Q Ferry.

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.

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.

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 

Download Loadstone from the App Store

Loadstone on Facebook

Loadstone GPS on Twitter

More About Shawn Kirkpatrick