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TouchChat (Various Versions)

Model: 
HD, HD Lite, HD AAC, Classic TC Lite, Classic TC, Classic TC WordPower
Product Type: 
Device modifier
Manufacturer Name: 
Approximate Cost: $10.00

Product Description: 

TouchChat is a series of full-featured communication apps for individuals who have difficulty using their natural voice. They are designed for individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, ALS, apraxia, stroke, or other conditions that affect a person’s ability to use natural speech.

TouchChat Classic TC

An assistive augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technology that provides both English and Spanish options in one app.

TouchChat Classic TC Lite

A non-communicative configuration of TC that allows for the user interface experience but does not include speech synthesis or any type of audio playback capabilities.

TouchChat Classic TC with Word Power

It is bundled with the WordPower series of AAC vocabularies designed by Nancy Inman.

TouchChat HD

An AAC app in which words, phrases, and messages are spoken with a built-in voice synthesizer or by playing a recorded message. 

TouchChat HD Lite

A non-communicative configuration of TouchChat HD that allows for the user interface experience for informational purposes but does not include speech synthesis or any type of audio playback capabilities. It does not include the ability to transfer page sets to other devices.

TouchChat HD - AAC with WordPower

It is bundled with the WordPowerseries of AAC vocabularies designed by Nancy Inman. It contains multiple WordPower vocabularies designed to allow for easy and intuitive communication.

Main Features: 

These features are common to all versions:

  • An AAC technology in which words, phrases, and messages are spoken with a built-in voice synthesizer or by playing a recorded message.
  • Various English and Spanish synthesized voices are available, allowing the user to choose a voice that fits their personality.
  • It features functionality that allows the user to tilt the device to make the message expand to fill the screen in large letters.
  • This feature allows a person to communicate silently or in a noisy environment.
  • It gives users the ability to navigate through page sets and speak messages.
  • Page sets are linked pages, each of which is divided into several buttons.
  • The buttons are programmed to have specific actions.
  • Various page sets are included with the TouchChat.
  • Available in the following languages: English, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, and Canadian French.
  • Each page set targets individuals with different communication needs.
  • Additional page sets are available as in-app purchases.
  • Text generated with TouchChat pages can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or iMessage, and email.
  • Text from other applications can be copied to TouchChat so that it can be spoken out loud.
  • Text generated in TouchChat can be copied to other applications.
  • The pages, grid layout, buttons, messages, and symbols are fully customizable.
  • Buttons can be rearranged by dragging them to the desired new location.
  • Buttons can be copied and pasted into a different location.
  • The styling of a button (colors, borders, fonts) can be copied and pasted into another button.
  • Provided page sets can be modified to create new custom page sets.
  • Users can select from over 30 button actions when creating new buttons.
  • Over 10,000 Symbolstix symbols are included for customizing buttons.
  • Use any image or take a photo with the built-in camera.
  • Gestures can be used to navigate to new pages, and speak messages.
  • Button activation timing can be adjusted to meet the needs and capabilities of the user.
  • Adjustments include button dwell time and button release time.
  • Buttons can be configured to activate on release.
  • Users can program buttons to play audio files such as music from the media library or video files from the Photo Roll.
  • Available in English, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, and Canadian French.

TouchChat HD Lite includes these additional features:

  • Ten page sets along with eight additional Spanish vocabulary files are included.
  • It does not include the ability to transfer page sets to other devices.

TouchChat HD - AAC with Word Power includes these additional features:

  • Button activation timing can be adjusted to meet the needs and capabilities of the user.
  • Adjustments include button dwell time and button release time.
  • Buttons can be configured to activate on release.

TouchChat Classic TC with Word Power includes these additional features:

  • It includes an English WordPower 108 file and the first Spanish WordPower option with 48 locations.
  • Vocabulary files can be imported and exported to a computer using the iTunes file sharing feature.
  • It enables users to subscribe to iShare and store custom files for safekeeping, or choose to share customized pages with an online community.

Primary Specifications: 

These specifications are common to all versions:

  • Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Options & Accessories: 

These accessories are common to all versions:

More Information: 

See TouchChat Classic TC in Apple’s App Store.

See TouchChat Classic TC Lite in Apple’s App Store.

See TouchChat Classic TC with Word Power in Apple’s App Store.

See TouchChat HD in Apple’s App Store.

See TouchChat HD Lite in Apple’s App Store.

See TouchChat HD - AAC with Word Power in Apple’s App Store.