Kapten Plus FAQ
What is Kapten Plus?
The Kapten Plus is a stand alone GPS unit. It is the size of a box
of matches and is controlled by voice commands.
Is Kapten Plus a product designed for
the visually impaired?
The original Kapten was designed for motorists. It was designed to
be used without a screen. The manufacturer saw the benefits of
Kapten to the visually impaired. Kapten Plus has been redesigned
to include features asked for by visually impaired users.
What can Kapten Plus do?
By using voice commands Kapten Plus can guide you to a
destination. Kapten Plus has built-in maps for the UK. It can take
your current location and guide you to an address anywhere in the
UK. You give Kapten Plus instructions and details of where you
want to go.
What are Kapten Plus's features?
spoken turn by turn navigation for pedestrians, cyclists and
motorists. Your route is determined by your mode of transport
ensuring you take the most appropriate route. For example, in
pedestrian mode, Kapten will direct you along the shortest route
avoiding motorways and taking advantage of shortcuts through
parks and one way streets.
Built-in speech recognition enables you to enter addresses,
change navigation modes, listen to music and control all its
functions and features just using your voice. In addition to
navigation, the Kapten Plus also has a voice recorder, MP3
player and FM radio built-in. It is also supplied within a silicone
case to help protect it.
UK and Ireland maps pre-installed with four navigation modes;
pedestrian, bike, motorbike and car
track your movements and save your favourite and most used
waypoint marking using "K-tags" enables you to save
addresses and locations. You can add your own voice memo to
each K-tag so you can navigate to it again or in free navigation
mode, be notified when you next pass nearby
free navigation mode provides a description of what's nearby
including street names, crossroads, points of interest (POI's)
and nearby "K-tags".
navigate through several public transport systems; London,
Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow. It can help
you navigate through these systems with step by step
instructions and estimated journey times. For example, if you
are in London you can programme your departure and
destination tube stations and it will give you the estimated
journey time, which tube line to take and how many stops there
are, where to change lines (if required) and how long it will take
for each leg.
map discovery mode enables you to explore around any place
in the country and familiarise yourself with the area before you
visit. Built-in FM radio which uses the GPS to find local radio
stations. A built-in MP3 player which you control with voice
How do I control Kapten Plus?
The Kapten Plus is supplied with both earbuds and a speaker.
Both the Earbuds and speaker cable have a microphone which
you use to control Kapten Plus. You can use a combination of
voice instructions and key presses to control Kapten Plus. There is
a built-in help guide, manual and easily accessible list of Kapten
Plus's voice control commands.
How good is Kapten Plus's voice
Unlike computer-based voice recognition systems, You don't have
to train Kapten Plus to recognise your voice. If you speak clearly
and slowly then Kapten Plus will usually recognise what you are
What is the quality of the voice on
Kapten plus uses a female voice which is clear and intelligible
even in noisy environments.
How accurate is Kapten Plus's GPS?
Like any other GPS system, Kapten Plus will usually be accurate
to within 10-30 metres depending on the number of satellites in
view at any one time.
Do I need a computer to use Kapten
Access to a computer is needed as Kapten Plus frequently is
updated with data that helps with a more accurate GPS signal.
New firmware is regularly made available to improve Kapten Plus
features. This is automatically installed if available when Kapten
Plus is connected to a computer. Kapten Plus is supplied with
Is the Kapmanager software
The Kapmanager software has been tested with JAWs and is
How do I charge Kapten Plus?
Kapten Plus can be charged via USB on a computer or from a
USB charger. Kapten Plus is supplied with a USB cable for
charging but not with a USB charger.
What's in the Kapten Plus box?
Supplied with silicone case, portable speaker, USB with integrated
microphone, earphones, two USB cables and lanyard.