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Alternative and Augmentative Communication
an AT Equipment Informative Module


This module provides information about non-computer related AAC hardware options for users with communicative disabilities. This module includes info about:

 

Digital Speech Devices that produce digital speech, typically with dynamic displays.

Early Learner Digital Speech Devices that are designed to train young users

Recorded Speech Devices that allow recorded messages, typically with associated pictures and icons

Early Learner Recorded Speech Devices that are designed to train young users

Text to Speech Devices Covert text files to digital speech

Voice Amplifiers that increase the volume level of the natural voice of the user or that function as an "artificial larynx" or "electrolarynx".

Digital Speech Devices

Device, Vendor, Price, Link

Description

Image

ChatBox 40-XT

Saltillo Corporation
$1195

http://www.saltillo.com/



The ChatBox 40 allows messages to be spoken by pressing buttons on the keyboard and also supports numerous switch scanning options for individuals who are unable to press buttons. The keyboard can support 10 large keys or 40 standard-sized keys. There are 10 levels of messages available with the ability to move from level to level with up and down arrows. A 2-line, LCD display supports text display of the messages and menudriven setup utilities.

The "XT" models add basic voice synthesis capability, greatly increasing the flexibility and growth potential for communicators.  Individuals may create their own messages on the LCD display using either pre-stored messages or typing on an alphabet keyboard.  Advanced scanning featuring auditory prompts supports individuals with visual impairments.  The XT models also connect to a computer to provide keyboard emulation. 

ChatBox 40-XT+

Saltillo Corporation
$3195

http://www.saltillo.com/



The ChatBox 40 allows messages to be spoken by pressing buttons on the keyboard and also supports numerous switch scanning options for individuals who are unable to press buttons. The keyboard can support 10 large keys or 40 standard-sized keys. There are 10 levels of messages available with the ability to move from level to level with up and down arrows. A 2-line, LCD display supports text display of the messages and menudriven setup utilities.

The "XT" models add basic voice synthesis capability, greatly increasing the flexibility and growth potential for communicators.  Individuals may create their own messages on the LCD display using either pre-stored messages or typing on an alphabet keyboard.  Advanced scanning featuring auditory prompts supports individuals with visual impairments.  The XT models also connect to a computer to provide keyboard emulation. 

The "Plus" model offers all of the features of ChatBox 40 combined with the ability to store messages under a sequence of two icons, allowing for instant access to many more messages.  The Plus model also includes the Talk Today vocabulary program written by Gail Van Tatenhove, CCC-SLP. 

ChatPC-4

Saltillo Corporation
$2195

http://www.saltillo.com/

ChatPC-4 is a dynamic display augmentative communication device using a ruggedized PocketPC. ChatPC-4 is designed to offer symbol-based, dynamic-screen communication in a device that doesn't get in the way and is ready to go whenever and wherever you want. A rubberized speaker and battery housing protects the ChatPC-4 and enhances its ruggedness, sound quality and battery life.
ChatPC-4 is intended for individuals who primarily use symbols for communication. This model has all the features necessary to use and create vocabulary sets using symbols and photographs. While the device also allows for spelling of words and phrases, it does not include the writing enhancement features of the ChatPC-4+. The ChatPC-4 also allows the option of accessing Windows applications in the PocketPC operating system.The ChatPC-4 is built upon a PocketPC computer, and offers a more brilliant color dynamic display along with both synthesized and digitized speech output.

ChatPC-4+

Saltillo Corporation
$2895

http://www.saltillo.com/

ChatPC-4+ is a dynamic display augmentative communication device using a ruggedized PocketPC. ChatPC-4+ is designed for individuals with existing or emerging literacy skills. In addition to all of the features of the ChatPC-4, this enhanced model includes a number of features, such as word prediction, letter prediction and text editing capabilities, which are designed to assist individuals who use spelling for communication. A rubberized speaker and battery housing protects the ChatPC-4+ and enhances its ruggedness, sound quality and battery life.

ChatPC-D4+

Saltillo Corporation
$3895

http://www.saltillo.com/

ChatPC-D4+ is a dynamic display augmentative communication device using a ruggedized PocketPC. The ChatPC-D4+ is a dedicated communication device. The computer applications, normally available in the other ChatPC platforms, are not available in the ChatPC-D4+. This has been done in order to meet Medicare/Medicaid specifications of a dedicated speech device. If this is not a requirement of your funding source and you could benefit from the PocketPC functionality, see other ChatPC options.

ChatPC-D4+ is designed for individuals with existing or emerging literacy skills. A rubberized speaker and battery housing protects the ChatPC-D4+ and enhances its ruggedness, sound quality and battery life. 63

 

DynaWrite


DynaVox
http://www.
dynavoxtech.com

The DynaWrite is a type-and-talk AAC devices from DynaVox. This device utilizes a computer-style keyboard and bright screen display. It has word prediction features, multiple voices, and optional scanning methods. The DynaWrite is suitable for individuals with a wide range of motor skills.

The DynaWrite can connect with a PC, enable user to talk on the phone, and act as a universal remote control for common household appliances.

ECO-14


Prentke Romich
http://www.
prentrom.com

PRC's new ECO-14 is and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device that combines advanced communicating and computing in a single device.

The device has a large-screen, and is an AAC aid and Windows® XP based computer rolled into one-allowing independent AAC communication plus convenient computing on the go.

A dedicated version of ECO-14 without the computer capabilities is also available to meet Medicare/Medicaid funding requirements.

EyeMax


DynaVox
http://www.
dynavoxtech.com

 

The DynaVox EyeMax System is an advanced access method available to communicators who use the DynaVox Vmax.

It is comprised of two parts: a DynaVox Vmax (see below)and a DynaVox EyeMax Accessory.

The EyeMax System allows augmented communicators to access their Vmax with a simple blink, or by dwelling on a desired area of the screen.

L*E*O

Assistive Technology, Inc.

http://www.
assistivetech.com/

L*E*O™ Language and ECU in one.
L*E*O™ is a high-quality communication device that uses a language-enhancing overlay system. Activate pre-recorded, digitized speech messages simply by touching pictures or symbols in a grid or scene. You can also use L*E*O's infrared commands to control lights, small appliances, adapted toys, television, VCR, or DVD.

LightWRITER

Assistive Technology, Inc.

Model SL35: LWSL35 $4,425
Model SL38: LWSL38 $5,455
Model SL87: LWSL87 $6,969
Model SL88: LWSL88 $7,999
http://www.
assistivetech.com/

 

manufactured by Toby Churchill Ltd.

LightWRITER Augmentative and Alternative Communication Device
A dedicated augmentative communication/conversation aid
LightWRITER Augmentative and Alternative Communication Device Many devices provide communication—the Lightwriter provides for conversation!
The Lightwriter has long been an industry standard. Lightwriters are small, portable, text-to-speech communication aids engineered for people with speech impairments. Its dual display, choice of keyboard layouts and languages, and long battery life make it a good choice for many individuals.
* Large, clear dual display
* Moisture-resistant keyboard
* Rechargeable batteries
* Long battery life
* High legibility displays
* English and other European languages
* Adjustable tremor control
* Abbreviation / Expansion
* Word prompting
* LightTouch™ keyboard
* " DECtalk™ or Acapela HQ (English or Spanish) voices
* Speedwriting

LinkCLASSIC
LinkPLUS

Assistive Technology, Inc.
http://www.
assistivetech.com/

LinkCLASSIC™ and LinkPLUS™ are both full-sized keyboards that speak as you type or scan. Medicare-approved Speech Generating Devices (SGD), they give a voice to individuals who have suffered from a stroke or traumatic brain injury, or who have acquired ALS or other speech disorders.
LinkCLASSIC ($1,395) is similar to the original Link device--just turn it on and you are ready to type and speak. LinkCLASSIC is the perfect choice for those who can type using a keyboard.
LinkPLUS ($2,495) offers the same features as LinkCLASSIC, plus switch scanning and word prediction with a customizable dictionary.

Both LinkCLASSIC and LinkPLUS offer:
* built-in telephone with onscreen dialer
* large display with choice of 2 font sizes
* 6 languages: US English, UK English, Latin American Spanish, Castilian Spanish, French, German
* stored abbreviations that make talking fast and easy
* file transfer to a Macintosh or Windows computer to print or format

Mercury II

Assistive Technology, Inc.
http://www.
assistivetech.com/

Mercury II
Mercury is the ideal choice for users who want an integrated computer and AAC device with a big screen and lots of power
* communicate face to face with friends and family
* send e-mail and surf the Internet
* upload photos and play games
* watch movies on DVDs and listen to audio CDs
* control your television and VCR

MiniMerc

Assistive Technology, Inc.
http://www.
assistivetech.com/

MiniMerc
MiniMerc is the ideal choice for users who want a compact integrated computer and AAC device. The MiniMerc gives you almost all the same features of our popular Mercury device, but weighs in at 3.5 pounds, just over half the weight and size of Mercury.
* communicate face to face with friends and family
* send e-mail and surf the Internet
* upload photos and play games
* listen to audio CDs
* control your television and VCR

The M³ device is designed for emergent communicators who are building basic communication skills and require a context-based AAC system.

This mid-size and mid-weight device has fewer buttons than most other AAC devices, fostering rapid communication in the classroom, at home, or in social settings.

The Palm³ is a customizable communication device for individuals with existing or emerging literacy skills and a range of cognitive skills and motor control.

It uses Picture Communication Symbols(PCS) for words, phrases, and sentences along with advanced speech technologies. But the Palm³ offers more. It has multiple interface options, like visual and auditory scanning and Morse code input. Works for individuals who don’t want a bulky device, but who lack the dexterity for direct selection.

SpringBoard Lite


Prentke Romich
http://www.
prentrom.com

Designed for children and other entry-level AAC communicators, SpringBoard Lite measures just 7.3" square... weighs just 2.5 lbs.... is available in five colors... and features a built-in handle for maximum portability.

The dedicated SpringBoard Lite has 4-, 8-, 15-, and 36-location display options, its communication capacity can grow along with the user's capabilities. SpringBoard Lite features a simplified Toolbox as well as the standard Toolbox featured in the SpringBoard Plus.

TalkingAid
Wireless

Zygo Industries
$5895
http://www.
zygo-usa.com/

The TalkingAid Wireless is a full-functioning text-to-speech communication aid with a large, multi-line display and function-keys for rapid access to three phrases per key, word completion options and simplified setups. The unit has a rugged, moisture resistant case, a field replaceable battery, a built-in removable keyguard, and features the very effective DECtalk speech synthesizer with 7 voices. It has voice recording as well, and many other unique features.
* The TalkingAid Wireless is a text-to-speech device designed specifically for cell phone and e-mail use.
* Includes Wireless Phone; user needs to get voice and e-mail service from providers.
* Uses DECtalk speech synthesis with seven (7) voices.
* Has a Normal typing mode (up to 20,000 characters) and a Chat mode (2,000 characters) for writing and handling secondary conversations.
* Each character key (63 of them) can have three (3) messages (text or recorded sounds)—that’s 189 messages for rapid recall.
* Message Mode for rapid recall of stored phrases with a single key selection. One key press returns device to spelling mode.
* Can lock message mode to quickly speak only the first of three messages per key.
* Dedicated “Yes” and “No” keys on the keyboard, with Shift key gives “approval” or “rejection“ sounds.
* A Call (Alert) button replays text (synthesized), recorded messages, or sounds at full volume.
* Phone unhook and hook keys on the keyboard give direct access to voice calling.
* E-mail send and receive keys on the keyboard for easy distant communication.
* An Undo key is on the keyboard.
* Single-key access to setups and selections made through the function keys.
* Uses six (6) function keys for easy selection of onscreen options, like word predictions and setups.
* Quick volume adjustment (Shift + Cursor Keys).
* Removable keyguard is standard.
Cell Phone
* Automatically answer calls or unhook manually.
* Auto-answer voice calls with a reception message.
* The unit’s speech output goes directly into the phone
* The other party’s voice is played on the unit’s speaker.
* Microphone Headset can be used to hear other party's voice privately.
* Also Microphone Headset can be used to speak into phone along with device output.
* Dial phone numbers directly, or call from call history, redial, incoming phone log, or address book.
* Send e-mail through the cell phone connection..
Computer Connection
* USB connection for PC keyboard emulation.
* ActiveSync ready for downloading software upgrades through PC USB connection.
* Address book for phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
Scanning
* On-screen scanning display in QWERTY and ABCDE configurations.
* One or two switch scanning with adjustable settings.

The V combines the power of a personal computer with advanced AAC methodology and technology. A highly customizable system that gives augmented communicators flexibility and freedom. Customized access methods. Stay connected with email and text messaging. Convenience of remotely controlled household appliances.

Specs:

Height: 9 inches
Width: 8 inches
Depth: 2.75 inches
Weight: 4 lbs 11 oz

(see the Larger Vmax version below.)

Vanguard Plus


Prentke Romich
http://www.
prentrom.com

The Vanguard Plus is a full-sized dynamic display communication aid that features synthesized and digitized speech, computer emulation, and infrared environmental controls, making the device an excellent option for both children beginning with AAC and adults with acquired disabilities. The large, full-color display can aid clients with visual or motor issues or clients using scanning as their access method.

Vantage Plus


Prentke Romich
http://www.
prentrom.com

Vantage Plus is the dynamic choice for powerful language and portable design. The enhanced operating system makes Vantage easy to customize and support. Vantage includes 4, 8, 15, 60, and 84 location locations.

 

Vantage Lite


Prentke Romich
http://www.
prentrom.com

The Vantage Lite delivers AAC communication on the go, with internal advanced wireless connectivity and communication features. A Bluetooth wireless module is built into the Vantage Lite to connect to a wide range of wireless access, computer, and communication devices.

Vmax


DynaVox
http://www.
dynavoxtech.com

 

The Vmax combines the power of a personal computer with advanced AAC methodology and technology. A highly customizable system that gives augmented communicators flexibility and freedom. Customized access methods. Stay connected with email and text messaging. Convenience of remotely controlled household appliances.

Specs:

Height: 12.5 inches
Width: 10 inches
Depth: 3 inches
Weight: 6 lbs 14 oz.
 

(see the smaller V version above.)

 

 

 

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Early Learner Digital Speech Devices

Device, Vendor, Price, Link

Description

Image

Base Trainer

Advanced Multimedia Devices, Inc.

http://www.
amdi.net
The Base TrainerTM is an augmentative and alternative communication device that is an excellent learning tool as well.

Four pocketed switch plates help users with object discrimination. A cardholder and Velcro® securing strip on an elevated platform allow for picture card and object placement.

BIGmack

AbleNet, Inc.
$104
http://ablenet
inc.com

BIGmack® communicator
Record any message directly into this powerful single message tool and press its large activation surface for crystal-clear, single message playback. Students with visual disabilities and those who require a larger activation surface will have no problem connecting with BIGmack communicator’s large, 5-inch activation surface as they connect with teachers, classmates and the world around them.
1-00201 RED
1-00207 BLACK
1-00203 BLUE
1-00205 GREEN
1-00206 YELLOW

Big
Step-by-Step

AbleNet, Inc.
$146
http://ablenet
inc.com

BIG Step-by-Step communicator users who require a larger activation surface will appreciate the generous 5-inch target area on this powerful sequential messaging tool. Record any series of messages directly into the BIG Step-by-Step communicator and press its large activation surface for the first in a series of messages. Press it again and BIG Step-by-Step is ready to play the next message. With 75 seconds of recording time, you can record as many messages as you need. BIG Step-by-Step is perfect for recording verses of song or poem, steps in a recipe or short social scripts to encourage conversational turn-taking.
1-00106 YELLOW
1-00103 BLUE
1-00107 BLACK
1-00105 GREEN
1-00101 RED

Flash

AbleNet, Inc.
$995

http://ablenet
inc.com

FL4SH™ scanning communicator 1-01400
FL4SH features a vibrant and highly visible light source that literally frames each picture symbol in succession, making the process of tracking tiny LED lights seem all but archaic.

FL4SH incorporates automatic overlay detection - an innovative use of barcode technology that allows FL4SH to recognize individual overlays and adjust its output accordingly.

FL4SH features a unique out-of-the-box experience which includes well thought-out activities for educators and students and a simple tutorial to get you up and running in less than five minutes.

iTalk2

AbleNet, Inc.
$125
http://ablenet
inc.com

iTalk2™ communicator 100-01200

The iTalk2 dual-message communicator gives students the freedom to choose between two activities, such as listening to music or a story. iTalk2 is also perfect for asking and answering questions, telling jokes and making comments in social situations. With 8.5 seconds of recording time per activation surface, the possibilities are endless. Add a toy or appliance for immediate positive reinforcement and to enhance messages.

Little
Step-by-Step

AbleNet, Inc.
$146
http://ablenet
inc.com

LITTLE Step-by-Step communicator
Communicating with friends, teachers and family members can be a richer, more meaningful experience with sequential messageing. With 75 seconds of recording time, you can records as many messages as you need. Students are empowereed with the ability to communicate and participate more naturally. Record verses of a song or poem, steps in a recipe or short social scripts to encourage conversational turn taking into LITTLE Step-by-Step. Each touch of the 2 1/2 inch activation surface plays and advances messages in sequence, or use the message repeat feature to replay one message in the series.
1-00407 BLACK
1-00403 BLUE
1-00405 GREEN
1-00401 RED
1-00406 YELLOW

LITTLEmack

AbleNet, Inc.
$104
http://ablenet
inc.com

LITTLEmack™ communicator
The easy and affordable way to introduce voice output devices to beginning communicators, while teaching cause-and-effect. Simply record any message directly into LITTLEmack for one-touch, single message playback. Connect a toy or any other battery-operated appliance for instant positive reinforcement.
1-00303 BLUE
1-00307 BLACK
1-00305 GREEN
1-00301 RED
1-00306 YELLOW

Partner One

Advanced Multimedia Devices, Inc.

http://www.
amdi.net

The Partner/OneTM is a one-message augmentative and alternative communication device that enables the user to playback a single recording of up to 32 seconds in length.

Partner One Stepper

Advanced Multimedia Devices, Inc.

http://www.
amdi.net
The Partner One/StepperTM is a single-panel augmentative and alternative communication device with a stepping feature that -enables the user to record a sequence of messages for up to a total time of 60 seconds.

This is especially useful to users with a limited reach or range of motion. The Partner One/Stepper can be set in reverse mode to step backwards in sequence. It can also be set in repeat mode to continually repeat any single message stored.

A reset function can be used to restart from the beginning. The Partner One/Stepper also matches all of the high qualities and benefits of the renowned Tech Series at an extremely affordable price.

The M³ device is designed for emergent communicators who are building basic communication skills and require a context-based AAC system.

This mid-size and mid-weight device has fewer buttons than most other AAC devices, fostering rapid communication in the classroom, at home, or in social settings.

Partner Two

Advanced Multimedia Devices, Inc.

http://www.
amdi.net

The Partner/TwoTM is a two-message augmentative and alternative communication device that is extremely easy-to-use.
The device allows for interchangeable overlays for each message-panel individually.
The Partner/Two also matches all of the high qualities and benefits of the renowned Tech Series at an extremely affordable price.

Partner Four

Advanced Multimedia Devices, Inc.

http://www.
amdi.net

The Partner/FourTM is the first four-message augmentative and alternative communication device to offer vibrating feedback as well as LED illuminated feedback for significantly greater ease of operation by visually impaired users.
The Partner/Four matches all of the high qualities and benefits of the Tech Series such as "Real-Voice" high quality audio reproduction along with its light-weight and portability

SuperTalker

AbleNet, Inc.$375

http://ablenetinc.com

SuperTalker™ progressive communicator 1-00600
The SuperTalker progressive communicator is a powerful, yet easy to use voice output device designed to grow with your student. Unlike most personal communication tools on the market, SuperTalker can be configured in one, two, four and eight grid formats eliminating the need for your student to learn a new device as his or her needs change and abilities grow. What’s more, SuperTalker features 16 minutes of recording time and a total of eight levels of messaging capability. SuperTalker is even equipped with a special switch jack to allow single switch users to access a sequence of messages before learning to make their own selections.
* 16 minutes of recording time with variable message lengths
* Four different grid formats with matching keyguards
* Built-in keyguard storage
* Eight levels
* Step-ahead jack for single switch sequential message playback
* Volume control with lockout feature
* Crystal clear sound
* Compatible with BoardMaker Overlay software
* Eight input jacks for single-switch access to any specific location
* Requires four AA batteries (not included)

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Recorded Speech Devices

Device, Vendor, Price, Link

Description

Image

AdVOCAte

Zygo Industries

$2895

http://www.
zygo-usa.com/

The adVOCAte is a small, portable,rugged, and easy to set up communication aid. It can be configured from one to 16 locations, and has five levels (pages) for recording. The adVOCAte can be accessed both by direct selection and by switch scanning. It has 16 minutes of high-quality recording time

It has been designed to be truly portable and small enough for children to handle, and rugged enough to endure the use it will encounter.

3 alternative selection modes: direct selection (using the keypad), external switches (direct selection with up to 4 external switches), scanning (with 1 or 2 switches).

4 alternative scanning modes using high legibility LEDs: single switch Automatic scanning, single switch Inverse scanning, 2-switch Inverse scanning, 2-switch Step scanning and a full range of Auditory Scanning options.

ChatBox 1

Saltillo Corporation
$495

http://www.saltillo.com/

ChatBox voice output communication device combines the use of meaningful pictorial images with the latest technology to enable people who cannot speak to communicate easily and quickly with their families, friends and others. The newly enhanced ChatBox is designed for use by any individual who experiences cognitive and language limitations, brain disorders, cerebral palsy or conditions that result in temporary loss of speech.

The ChatBox can be programmed for the appropriate vocabulary, voice and native tongue of their user. It can be utilized effectively by individuals of any age as a primary aid to daily communication or as a "first" communication aid from which one transitions to a more flexible system.

ChatBox is an affordable, entry-level device which introduces a non-speaking individual to electronic voice aids. It is the only low-cost communication device that uses Minspeak, a language system based on combining multi-meaning icons to generate naturally spoken output via words, phrases or sentences. By organizing vocabulary around activities and situations, the beginning aided communicator is provided with sufficient vocabulary for use at home, school, work or play.

ChatBox 40

Saltillo Corporation
$895

http://www.saltillo.com/



The ChatBox 40 allows messages to be spoken by pressing buttons on the keyboard and also supports numerous switch scanning options for individuals who are unable to press buttons. The keyboard can support 10 large keys or 40 standard-sized keys. There are 10 levels of messages available with the ability to move from level to level with up and down arrows. A 2-line, LCD display supports text display of the messages and menudriven setup utilities.

ChatBox 40+

Saltillo Corporation
$1095

http://www.saltillo.com/

The ChatBox 40 allows messages to be spoken by pressing buttons on the keyboard and also supports numerous switch scanning options for individuals who are unable to press buttons. The keyboard can support 10 large keys or 40 standard-sized keys. There are 10 levels of messages available with the ability to move from level to level with up and down arrows. A 2-line, LCD display supports text display of the messages and menudriven setup utilities.

The "Plus" model offers all of the features of ChatBox 40 combined with the ability to store messages under a sequence of two icons, allowing for instant access to many more messages.  The Plus model also includes the Talk Today vocabulary program written by Gail Van Tatenhove, CCC-SLP. 

ChatBox DX

Saltillo Corporation
$1095

http://www.saltillo.com/

ChatBox-DX voice output communication device combines the use of meaningful pictorial images with the latest technology to enable people who cannot speak to communicate easily and quickly with their families, friends and others. The newly enhanced ChatBox is designed for use by any individual who experiences cognitive and language limitations, brain disorders, cerebral palsy or conditions that result in temporary loss of speech. The addition of a deluxe model, ChatBox-DX, opens up a world of capabilities to individuals with visual difficulty or very poor motor skills.

Both models can be programmed for the appropriate vocabulary, voice and native tongue of their user. They can be utilized effectively by individuals of any age as a primary aid to daily communication or as a "first" communication aid from which one transitions to a more flexible system.

ChatBox-DX is an affordable, entry-level device which introduces a non-speaking individual to electronic voice aids. It is the only low-cost communication device that uses Minspeak, a language system based on combining multi-meaning icons to generate naturally spoken output via words, phrases or sentences. By organizing vocabulary around activities and situations, the beginning aided communicator is provided with sufficient vocabulary for use at home, school, work or play.

Hand Held Voice

Mayer-Johnson

$695

http://www.
mayer-johnson.com/

This device combines the Mayer-Johnson PCS (picture communication symbols with a dynamic display, touch screen, and up to hundreds of digitized (recorded) speech messages.

* Rugged and Portable - 1.5 lbs
* Runs for weeks on AA batteries
* Monochrome LCD display with touch screen
* Base unit hase 8 minutes of recording -- 24 with expansion card
* Plug-in expansion cards up to 16 minutes each!
* Hot-swap cards - instant change of recordings for different situations or locations
* 1/2 watt built-in amplifier and high quality speaker
* 2400 Mayer-Johnson PCS symbols built-in
* Optional computer backup cable and software
* Optional rugged high quality carrying/operating case

L*E*O

Assistive Technology, Inc.

http://www.
assistivetech.com/

L*E*O™ Language and ECU in one.
L*E*O™ is a high-quality communication device that uses a language-enhancing overlay system. Activate pre-recorded, digitized speech messages simply by touching pictures or symbols in a grid or scene. You can also use L*E*O's infrared commands to control lights, small appliances, adapted toys, television, VCR, or DVD.

MACAW

Zygo Industries

$1695

http://www.
zygo-usa.com/

The MACAW is a communication device used by people who do not have functional speech. Pictures or words are used to make an overlay (or a display) which represent the messages stored in each key. A person with speech records the desired messages onto the MACAW. The person using the MACAW selects the message and the MACAW speaks it.

The MACAW is used by people who do not have the ability to spell the messages they wish to communicate. Its design makes it suitable for people who may use just one or many levels, who benefit from concrete visual representation of the messages, or who have changing abilities and needs. The many set-ups of the MACAW can accommodate physical changes affecting accessing, need for different displays over time and so on.

It utilizes both direct selection and scanning (including auditory scanning) and a novel, simple "Morse code" access to all keys and functions.

Its ruggedness, light weight and small size make the M

MACAW
(Green)

Zygo Industries

http://www.
zygo-usa.com/

The Green MACAW is the same size and has the same functions and features of the 32-key MACAW but has a 128-key keyboard. With its unique "no dead spaces" 128-key membrane keyboard, the Green MACAW supports operation from as few as 2 enlarged keys to multi-levels of any key pattern in each level.

Any number of keys may be combined for Key-Linked messages, useful for spelling and sentence creation. Its ruggedness, light weight and small size make the MACAW easy to carry by its unique folding handle or neckstrap, and its wedge shape provides a comfortable slope for access to the keyboard from a flat surface.

Talara

Zygo Industries

$750

http://www.
zygo-usa.com/

The main features of the Talara-32 are:
*The number and size of keys can be readily changed to suit people with varying visual, physical and cognitive abilities. All the key patterns shown below are able to be set, providing the opportunity to change key patterns according to development or changes of the user. All levels must have the same key-pattern.
* The 45 minutes of available recording time can be used flexibly. There is no restriction of recording time per key, as there often is with other devices in this category.
*The hinged overlay retainer makes overlay exchange easy.
* Its simplicity and light weight.

Tech/Speak with Environmental Controls

EnableMart

$1280

http://www.enable
mart.com/

The Tech/Speak with Environmental Controls is an augmentative and alternative communication device with the added functionality of environmental controls, providing an added level of empowerment to the user.

Possessing all the functions, features and benefits of the standard Tech/Speak, the Tech/Speak with Environmental Controls can control up to 32 electrical devices and/or light fixtures.

With a total of 6 levels, each of the 6 level has 8 locations designed for Environmental Controls. The first row on each level is allocated for Environmental Control functions.

     

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Early Learner Recorded Speech Devices

Device, Vendor, Price, Link

Description

Image

Step-by-Step

AbleNet, Inc.
$167
http://ablenet
inc.com

Step-by-Step communicator with levels
All the same great features of our Step-by-Step communicators, with the addition of levels. Levels are ideal for prerecording sequential messages to be used at specific times during the day, or for recording and storing sequential messages that are used on a regular basis. Prerecord grocery lists on level one, knock-knock jokes on level two and the events of the day or any other set of sequential messages on level three. There is no limit to the number of messages per level within the 75 seconds of recording time.
1-00505 GREEN
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Tech Four

Advanced Multimedia Devices, Inc.
http://www.
amdi.net

The Tech/FourTM is a four message augmentative and alternative communication device.
The square layout of the Tech/Four communication device is perfectly suited for users with a limited range of motion.
It can easily be installed in areas with restricted space. As a member of the Tech Series family, the Tech/Four is of the highest quality at a very affordable price.

Tech Talk

Advanced Multimedia Devices, Inc.
http://www.
amdi.net

The Tech/TalkTM is also multi-level augmentative and alternative communication device designed to aid communication through direct selection. Using “Real-Voice” technology, the Tech Series provides speech playback at a high audio quality. It has the same "Time-Lock" Technology as the Tech/Speak along with many other distinct features such as its light-weight and portability, etc.

Tech Talk with Environmental Controls

Advanced Multimedia Devices, Inc.
http://www.
amdi.net

TECH/TALK with Environmental Controls
The Tech/TalkTM with Environmental Controls is an augmentative and alternative communication device with the added functionality of environmental controls, providing an added level of empowerment to the user.
Possessing all the functions, features and benefits of the standard Tech/Talk, the Tech/Talk with Environmental Controls can control up to 32 electrical devices and/or light fixtures.
Of the 6 available levels, the first level designated for Environmental Control functions. The additional 5 levels are for communication.

Tech 128

Advanced Multimedia Devices, Inc.
http://www.
amdi.net
Tech/128
Tech/128 augmentative and alternative communication device features 128 locations that allow for more extensive communication.

This new device features a transparent top grid which can be easily removed. With the grid, the Tech/128 is a standard static 128 location AAC device.

Without the grid, Tech/128 can be used for pictorial communication.

Tech Scan 8

Advanced Multimedia Devices, Inc.
http://www.
amdi.net
The Tech/ScanTM 8 Plus is a light-weight multi-level augmentative and alternative communication device that combines the usage of a standard direct select communication device with the benefit of scanning.

The Tech/Scan has features such as its “Real-Voice” audio reproduction and “Time-Lock” technology.

Tech Scan 32

Advanced Multimedia Devices, Inc.
http://www.
amdi.net

The Tech/ScanTM 32 Plus is a light-weight multi-level augmentative and alternative communication device that combines the usage of a standard direct select communication device with the benefit of scanning.
This device has “Real-Voice” audio reproduction. Recording time is controlled with our built-in “Time-Lock” technology. Non-volatile messages can be stored for up to 100 years with no power.
Moreover, the Tech Series has built-in LED prompt lights embedded in the overlay grid. They are manufactured to the highest commercial standards to provide many years of reliable performance.

Tech Speak

Advanced Multimedia Devices, Inc.
http://www.
amdi.net

The Tech/SpeakTM is multi-level augmentative and alternative communication device designed to aid communication through direct selection. Using “Real-Voice” technology, the Tech Series provides speech playback at a high audio quality. “Time-Lock” technology controls recording to enhance the operating experience. Non-volatile messages can be stored for up to 100 years with no power. The Tech/Speak is user-friendly and easy-to-use, while also being durable and rugged. Made with a shatterproof high impact ABS injection molded case, they are designed to be drop resistant. The water resistant pressure sensitive membrane panel operates with a light touch. The Series is light-weight and portable. A shoulder strap is included and all units can be easily mounted.

Tech Speak with Environmental Controls


Advanced Multimedia Devices, Inc.
http://www.
amdi.net

The Tech/SpeakTM with Environmental Controls is an augmentative and alternative communication device with the added functionality of environmental controls, providing an added level of empowerment to the user.
Possessing all the functions, features and benefits of the standard Tech/Speak, the Tech/Speak with Environmental Controls can control up to 32 electrical devices and/or light fixtures,
With a total of 6 levels, each of the 6 level has 8 locations designed for Environmental Controls.
The first row on each level is allocated for Environmental Control functions.
As the newest member to the Tech Series Family, the Tech/Speak with Environmental Controls meets all of AMDi's high quality standards of reliability, ruggedness and durability

VoiSec

Adaptivation, Inc.
http://www.
adaptivation.com/

VoiSec is a tiny button for recording, storing and playing short, spoken messages with unique design and qualities. The button can easily be attached to other objects. VoiSec runs on batteries, requires no other devices and can be reused time after time.
*70 seconds of speech with good sound quality.
*Typically, 400 play-outs of a 30-second message per battery set.
*Powered by two, replaceable 1.5 volt button-cell batteries, type SR44.
*Delivered with one attachment tray and five double-sided adhesive pads.
*VoiSec accessories available.
*Size 1½" x ¾".

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Text to Speech Devices

Device, Vendor, Price, Link

Description

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Polyana-4
with Persona

Zygo Industries , Inc.

$3,995

http://zygo-
usa.com/

The Standard version allows access to a host of programs like Microsoft WordPad, SpreadCE, Pocket On-Schedule, Media Player, Calculator, and various Microsoft viewers, Word, Excel, PDF, Image, PowerPoint, etc. A built-in modem is optional.

The Medical Assistance (MA) version is a dedicated Speech Generating Device that meets the requirements of various medical assistance agencies and access to the Windows programs is denied. Polyana is the hardware. Its light weight and small size make carrying easy by its folding carry-handle / stability stand. The audio amplifier / speaker base-pack provides exceptionally loud, clear output. A sliding volume control in front is used to set the sound output level.

Persona is the text-based communication program purposely designed for literate users who need to talk. Access to the program is by the keyboard, the touch screen, and by switches through the on-screen keyboard. Messages are clearly spoken by DECtalk speech synthesis.

PolyTABLET

Zygo Industries , Inc.

$3,995

http://zygo
-usa.com/

The PolyTABLET is a portable communication aid. The PolyTABLET is slightly larger than a portable CD player and can be accessed directly through its carrying case. Use it by touching the on-screen keyboard, an optional external keyboard, or scanning with switches. The PolyTABLET is supplied with the Persona text-to-speech program.

Spok21

Zygo Industries , Inc.

$5245

http://zygo
-usa.com/

The Spok21 is a new, sophisticated text-to-speech augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) aid that is perfect for the literate communicator who can take advantage of the device's phrase memories. Spok21 was especially developed for all day use as a speech generating device (SGD). It has been designed with a wide range of functionality. Type on the combination keyboard or switch to scanning as needed.
Multi-line displays, with a forward facing screen.
Natural sounding speech using the Babel synthesizer
Toggle between any two on board languages.
Categories (12), each with quick phrases (6), and stored messages (39).
Function keys for rapid access to phrases.
Rechargeable batteries easily replaceable locally.
Rugged, contemporary case won't break on the first bump. Optional infra-red remote control module as an aid to daily living.

TalkingAid Wireless

Zygo Industries , Inc.

$5895

http://zygo
-usa.com/

The TalkingAid Wireless is a full-functioning text-to-speech communication aid with a large, multi-line display and function-keys for rapid access to three phrases per key, word completion options and simplified setups. The unit has a rugged, moisture resistant case, a field replaceable battery, a built-in removable keyguard, and features the very effective DECtalk speech synthesizer with 7 voices. It has voice recording as well, and many other unique features.
* The TalkingAid Wireless is a text-to-speech device designed specifically for cell phone and e-mail use.
* Includes Wireless Phone; user needs to get voice and e-mail service from providers.
* Uses DECtalk speech synthesis with seven (7) voices.
* Has a Normal typing mode (up to 20,000 characters) and a Chat mode (2,000 characters) for writing and handling secondary conversations.
* Each character key (63 of them) can have three (3) messages (text or recorded sounds)—that’s 189 messages for rapid recall.
* Message Mode for rapid recall of stored phrases with a single key selection. One key press returns device to spelling mode.
* Can lock message mode to quickly speak only the first of three messages per key.
* Dedicated “Yes” and “No” keys on the keyboard, with Shift key gives “approval” or “rejection“ sounds.
* A Call (Alert) button replays text (synthesized), recorded messages, or sounds at full volume.
* Phone unhook and hook keys on the keyboard give direct access to voice calling.
* E-mail send and receive keys on the keyboard for easy distant communication.
* An Undo key is on the keyboard.
* Single-key access to setups and selections made through the function keys.
* Uses six (6) function keys for easy selection of onscreen options, like word predictions and setups.
* Quick volume adjustment (Shift + Cursor Keys).
* Removable keyguard is standard.
Cell Phone
* Automatically answer calls or unhook manually.
* Auto-answer voice calls with a reception message.
* The unit’s speech output goes directly into the phone
* The other party’s voice is played on the unit’s speaker.
* Microphone Headset can be used to hear other party's voice privately.
* Also Microphone Headset can be used to speak into phone along with device output.
* Dial phone numbers directly, or call from call history, redial, incoming phone log, or address book.
* Send e-mail through the cell phone connection..
Computer Connection
* USB connection for PC keyboard emulation.
* ActiveSync ready for downloading software upgrades through PC USB connection.
* Address book for phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
Scanning
* On-screen scanning display in QWERTY and ABCDE configurations.
* One or two switch scanning with adjustable settings.

     
     

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Voice Amplifiers

Device, Vendor, Price, Link

Description

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Echo Voice

Saltillo Corporation
$379

http://www.saltillo.com/

EchoVoice is an all new voice amplification system designed to amplify and clarify the faintest voice.

EchoVoice is supplied in a carry case containing:
-Amplifier with four AA rechargeable batteries
-Transdermal (throat) microphone
-Headband type boom microphone
-Stereo headset
-Lanyard
-Patch lead for line input
-Power adapter for recharging

The superb quality transdermal (throat) microphone is very comfortable and gives the option of freedom of movement without having to wear a headband, this also allows EchoVoice to be used in situations where an oxygen mask is in use and the mouth may be covered.

An active tone control provides excellent sound quality and also the ability to negate any feedback.

EchoVoice has several useful standard components
A headphone socket that allows for a private conversation

Transdermal (throat) microphone is very comfortable and gives the option of freedom of movement without having to wear a headband. This special microphone also allows EchoVoice to be used in situations where an oxygen mask is in use and the mouth may be covered.

Active tone control allows you to amplify certain vocal frequencies and negate feedback.

LED indicator provides constant power on/off and charge status.

JusTalk Digital Audio Larynx

Independent Living Technologies
$999
http://www.ilt
source.com/

JusTalk Digital Audio Larynx (DAL)
from JustMed, Inc. is the world's first hands-free, switchless artificial larynx allowing total mobility for the laryngectomee patient.  Once JusTalk is in place and turned on, no other interaction is required from the user for the unit to work. The JusTalk Digital Audio Larynx is designed for the customer who has had their larynx or voice box removed, leaving them with no voice at all.

JustAmp Audio Larynx

Independent Living Technologies
$499
http://www.ilt
source.com/

JustAMP Digital Voice Amplifier from JustMed, Inc. is a speech aid device designed to help whisper patients who have lost their ability to project a loud voice to speak again.

Such voice loss may occur due to any of the following:
• Parkinson Disease
• Lou Gehrig's Disease, aka Amyotrophic Lateral
  Sclerosis (ALS)
• Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
• Spasmodic Dysphonia
The digital signal processing used in JustAMP allows filtering unequaled in today's analog amplifiers. Crystal Whisper Technology uses state-of-the-art digital technology to virtually eliminate air rush noise commonly found using analog amplifiers.

Decibel Gain while using JustAMP:
With a whisper voice: 25 decibel gain.
With a normal voice: 13 decibel gain.

TruTone™ Artificial Larynx

Independent Living Technologies
$599
http://www.ilt
source.com/

TruTone  Artificial Larynx
     
Griffin Laboratories, through the TruTone(tm) electronic speech aid, has developed a natural solution which will bring intonation back into your voice.

     Using new technology (U.S. patent secured), the TruTone(tm) speech aid lets you fluctuate the pitch of your voice using a single pressure sensitive button.  Because you keep your thumb in one place, the TruTone(tm) speech aid is extremely easy to operate, almost instinctual.  You can immediately start speaking with natural intonation once again. Powerful design for high volume range. Now you can be heard in a crowded room!  Using internal advances, Griffin Laboratories has been able to create a speech-aid with the best volume range available today. Be free to set your speech-aid at the high-volume range when speaking with a group. Reduce volume for normal speaking situations and take advantage of highly efficient circuitry.

Voice Amplifier

Saltillo Corporation
$695

http://www.saltillo.com/

The Voice Amplifier manufactured by Falck Vital has been upgraded to include several new features and a lower price. These amplifiers now have on/off and low-battery indicators.

The Voice Amplifiers are personal voice amplification devices for individuals whose natural voice is too quiet to be heard by others. The amplifiers have been specifically designed to amplify whispers and quiet voices.

Model 1001 Voice Amplifier has a microphone mounted on a 7" swan-neck that can be adjusted for optimal placement. Several optional microphones are now available for the model 1003 Voice Amplifier.

The base of the amplifier is 2.5" x 4.25" and weighs 4 oz. It can either be worn around the neck on the adjustable 'necklace,' or it can be placed in one's shirt pocket. Membrane switches on the back of the amplifier are used to turn the unit on and off.

The Voice Amplifiers are powered by rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries. The nominal usage for fully charged batteries is 12 hours. Recharging takes 4 hours.

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