TuffTalker: Portable Communication SystemBy Closing the Gap, Vol. 19, No. 4, p. 8
Publication Date: October/November 2000
Article describing TuffTalker, a communication system for users who require computer access in unaccommodating settings. Designed to withstand the most demanding physical environments, TuffTalker is encased in full magnesium alloy and has a shock-mounted hard drive that can withstand the rigors of the typical Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) environment. TuffTalker features a 300 Megahertz Intel Celeron processor and comes equipped with Windows 98 and Word +'s Talking Screen software, a finger touch screen, a shock-mounted hard drive, and a spill-resistant liquid crystal display. A custom-made carrying case that allows the user to access the touch screen without having to take the computer out of the case is included as well. TuffTalker can accommodate users with learning disabilities, including those who have difficulty with reading and speech disabilities. The talking screen software allows the user to view symbols that communicate thoughts and ideas. Once the user's reading level has escalated, the system can be upgraded at no cost to include E Z Keys software, which allows for rapid text-to-speech communication. If the user values high-quality speech output, Micro CommPac, a speech output device, can be included. TuffTalker is convenient to use while travelling to school, or while sitting in a shopping mall or restaurant.
Assistive Products Discussed: TUFFTALKER PLUS
Published by: Closing the Gap, Inc. (Website:http://www.closingthegap.com)