Firstly.. handhelds Chat PC/Silk 12.5 oz. HP iPAQ 3 voice engines PCS & Symbolstix Symbols Edit on or off device Standard, Plus (word prediction) £1995 Possum Jive Custom designed handheld Acapela or recorded Switch or touchscreen Enviro Control built in excellent 0.35kg £2395 Tellus Smart II Mindexpress CE PCS, Symbolstix, WLS HP iPAQ Number of common vocabs Edit on or off device Acapela or Realspeak £2500 Touchspeak HTC 7500 PCS, Widgit, HTC 7500 running Windows Mobile Camera Typespeak - brilliant prediction Edit on or off device Switch or touch £600 Villiv S5 / X70 0.5kg Grid 2 / Speaks4Me Switch, Joystick, touch, keyboard PCS, Symbolstix, Bliss,Widgit Mini PC ’ s £1750/£1950
iPod, iPhone 4 Devices to choose from (5 incl iPad) £189 to £419 for device £10 - £60 case Software free to .59p to £110. 65 Dedicated AAC apps Rough cost: £340 for full AAC device (£579 on iPad) £230 for additional user devices
Hold up a minute.. What is iOS It is not Windows, Windows Mobile It is not Mac It is dedicated touch only You don ’ t install software or fiddle with documents, usb sticks, cds or worry about wires You use the appstore for apps or the web
Touch : Gestures So its hard? Well not necessarily. Most AAC apps are just using the single touch. Some have touch features to deal with poor motor control Many children are enthused by using the device to work around issues more so than with other touch devices
Why has it all been so popular Appstore Marketing - Desirability Design Usable (and remember usable = accessible)
iPod Touch 8GB (£189) , 32GB (£249) or 64GB (£329) Camera, Will need mic to record audio
iPhone 3GS 8GB £419 4 16GB £499 32GB £599 Multitasking Better camera Retina Display Deals available on both, and the 3G phone on Orange, O2, Vodafone, Three, T-Mobile and 3rd party Telcos (e.g. Tescos, Virgin) from Free (£35-45/month) on 3G/S to PAYG
Insurance Comes with 1 year warranty & 90 days technical support (Apple Stores or Phone) Consider Applecare. £60. 2 years support Consider Insurance for Breakages! Note you will pay more through the phone company. Try third party insurance cost: £30-80/year (e.g. Protectyourbubble.com) Note replace broken screen on a 3G will cost approx £40.
Cases / Speakers 12 hr battery life Lion rechargeable battery Can daisy chain for extra volume Can use headphones without removing from case £40-60 iMainGo 2 / X Consider child and hand grip/function
Cases / Speakers Xmini Wired, Small, £13 Cyanics Portable Swing Speaker Plastic Shell, Thin, Can be hard to source Otterbox Case Rugged, £20-30
Modify as necessary! http://graceappforautismoniphone.blogspot.com /
Cases / Speakers Gear 4 Blackbox Mini Bluetooth, Loud, Needs a bag! Cyfi sports Smallish, Wireless, Rugged, £49 6 hours battery life
Buying software You can hand your cash over to third party e.g. Therapy Box to do everything for you - added cost involved Gift cards if you are a LA / School NB: one user : many devices : no additional payment for the software. E.g. One user can have 5 iPods & not have to pay 5 times for the software. YOU CANNOT PASS ON A PURCHASE FROM ONE USER TO ANOTHER
Its a big iPod touch! Wifi only: 16 / 32 / 64 GB £439 / £510 / £612 Wifi + 3G possibility: £541 / £612 / £714
The iPad Appstore confusion All iPod/iPhone apps WILL work on the iPad. BUT SCALED UP. Some apps have been especially designed to work on both platforms (+). Some apps are JUST designed to work with the iPad and NOT the iPod
Mounting Options Smile Rehab (Monty / Rehadapt System) Mounts & More (Daessy System) Dynamics DIY it with an Otterbox Defender case and a drill.. Or...
Proloquo2go Verb conjugation Automatic pluralisation Border colouring of cells depending on type Cut/Copy/Paste edit Acapela voices with UK ones for download but note lacking decent child voice in acapela Features
Proloquo2go Visit proloquo2go.com for lots of videos Use the support forums for help Note the 2 places for configuration settings. In the app and in the system settings. Backup/Restore your edited vocab
TouchChat Silver kite £100? 5 voices Buttons can be programmed to do more than just speech e.g. volume
TouchChat 4 Vocab packages included: VocabPC. Gail van Tattenhove designed package. 12 location. Adults & Adolescents. Multichat 15. School aged children with emerging language. Core and Activities Spelling. QWERTY keyboard with prediction Primary. Vocab for school, home & general communication
TouchChat iShare - server based subscription to store personal vocabs and allows a teacher to share vocab to other users. 6 months: $59 per device Wordpower - $149 (£100). iEssence - redesigned version of essence on Vantage & Vantage Lite - $99 In-App purchases available
TouchChat Windows Editor. Design on computer and transfer to device. Transfer from ChatPC or ALTChat to TouchChat on iPod. $59 So lets imagine: iPod, MainGoX, TouchChat, WordPower, Windows editor est £490.
I Can Speak £17.99 Static Area. 4x8 Core words & sentence starters. Holding down for alternatives. 240 words in total
I Can Speak Configurable design options Does lack vocab “ While it might be useful for some, food and beverage choices are more of a priority than art supplies! ”
Bluetooth Keyboards A number exist Fullsize or mini Rubber, Folding - a large range Apple Bluetooth keyboard £40-65
Using a keyboard Software keyboard available Voiceover command: Control-Option (alt) See page 243 of iPhone User guide for full shortcuts VO-H : Home button, VO-Right arrow: Next item, VO-Space: Tap an item Can speed things up with Quick Nav Tip: Turn triple click home button into VO on/off
Restrictions iOS 4.2 brings restrictions to stop deletion of apps Also restrictions to disable web browsing, youtube, camera, installing apps. BUT NOT MUSIC!
Alternative access Facetime Switch access: Predictable, RJ Coopers Switch Box, ? Proloquo2go Joystick: iPortal and Dynamics REM550 Wheelchair controller
Switch boxes RJ Coopers switch box. $99. Works with a range of software. 2 switches. RJ Coopers super switch. 5 ” diameter. Chargeable via lion adaptor or USB. $149 Tbox Switch Box. £89. May work with apps other than predictable? ? Standard keys being sent?
Dynamics iPortal Control an iPod or iPad with your wheelchair joystick. Gestures been developed with joystick. Configurable. Compatible with Shark, DX & DX2.
Supporting Access Pogo Stylus £5-20 Mobile Arm Supports Gloves £10-30 Remember Maxess wedges and slanted writing boards!
Problems! Loudness - you often need a speaker Documents - remember not a normal computer! Getting docs on/off it is “ different ” Keyguards. None available. Software - a lot of it, how do you find it Software - many have not taken into account many of the lessons learnt about AAC over the past 25 years. e.g. symbol systems Support Software - many have not stuck to Apple design guidelines (or any guidelines!) and thus created a confusing hard to use interface for some apps. Not clever. App developers: PLEASE DONT BE CLEVER! BE LAZY! STICK TO THE GUIDELINES!
My wishlist AAC Developers use an iOS for a while before delving in and have a good understanding of what makes a good app. Its not just features. Its design. Apple allow creation of customised keyboard layouts (Settings - General - Keyboard). Frequency/ABC would be useful App developers (particularly games) consider the accessibility API. Apple allow features of voiceover with normal touch or keyboard input
Sources of information Assistiveware forums & email news group ATMac.org SENIT email list CM email list OT Access Group & AAC SIG http://appsforaac.net
Thanks SpeechBubble: http://speechbubble.org.uk / The ACE Centre Oxford & North Apple! Will Wade, [email_address] or [email_address]