Word prediction system with Text to Speech. 6 word options. Allows you to store phrases.
Comments from Central Coast Children's Foundation, Inc
- What is it? This text-to-speech app is specifically designed for people with augmentative and alternative communication needs. It uses word prediction to minimize the number of keystrokes needed to type a phrase - allowing the user to communicate at a more efficient pace.Other convenient features include three voice choices, large font and buttons and a favorites list to store commonly-used phrases.
- Platforms: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Manufacturer recommends iPad for people with accessibility issues, because of its larger screen size.
- Reviews: Users find the word prediction feature "fantastic" and "significant" in allowing people with speech difficulties hold a conversation. A customer with ALS said that it had a "simple" and accessible interface. One reviewer mentioned that his app did not work with his iPhone 3GS internal speaker (Assistive Apps, the company who makes the app, recommends it especially for iPad), although it was fine with regular earphones.
Assistive Apps presents Assistive Chat, an affordable Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) Device, catered to people with difficulty in speech. The biggest challenge for such users when using AAC devices is the number of key strokes or hits required to construct any sentences, which can take up a significant amount of time to have a decent conversation with anyone. To overcome this challenge, Assistive Chat is designed to be simple and efficient, allowing users to communicate at the fastest rate possible, with natural sounding voices.
-Landscape and Portrait Modes to cater to different needs
-Word Prediction to minimize the keystrokes required
-Adaptive learning of new vocabulary into the word prediction list
- Favorites list for users to save commonly used sentences
-3 voices included for user to pick
-Adjustable volume and speed for voices
-Large font and buttons for easy access
-Recent list for quick access to previously spoken sentences
-Self-learning "next word" prediction
Assistive Chat is currently only designed for the English Language.
I like this app. Simple, easy to use. Would love to see something like this available as a writing assist, not just as a chat app.(Oct 27th 2011)
Assistive Chat is an “universal” app, a term that in the iPad/iPhone/iPod touch world indicates that the same app runs on all these devices, but using in each one of them a slightly different interface to better match the proportions and size of the screen. That, in my opinion, is the path that all developers should follow, as having two different apps requires you to pay twice if you want to use the app on an iPod away from home and on an iPad at home, to give an example. The app also adapts the interface depending on the orientation of the device. Assistive Chat has a simple but functional interface with large and easily accessible buttons. This, plus the word prediction functionality and the three voices give together the impression of a very successful and functional implementation of a TTS app.(Feb 26th 2011)