Speech Assistant AAC (iOS)

Figure 1

With the app you can create categories and phrases, which are placed on buttons. With these buttons you can create messages that can be shown or spoken (text-to-speech). It is also possible to type any text using the keyboard.

The app has won an innovation award: The Vodafone Mobiles For Good Challenge in the category Smart Accessibility.

Source: ASoft

Product identification
Author
Maker
Version/Model
3.9
Published
Application type
Mobile app
Discontinued
No
Information source
Website of the entity

Product versions
The table shows the software updates The first column shows the name of the version and the second column shows the date the version was published.
Name Published
Speech Assistant AAC (iOS) 3.3
Speech Assistant AAC (iOS) 3.2
Speech Assistant AAC (iOS) 3.1
Speech Assistant AAC (iOS) 3.0
Speech Assistant AAC (iOS) 2.9
Características
Figure 2
  • Easy to use and completely customizable to your needs and preferences.
  • Categories to organize your phrases.
  • History for quick access to previously typed phrases.
  • Option to select images from your Photo Library on the buttons.
  • Option to record speech or use one of the many iOS text-to-speech voices.
  • Full screen button to show your message with a large font.
  • Auto-Search feature that places the found phrases on the on-screen keyboard.
  • Designed for iPhone/iPad and both support portrait and landscape layout.
  • Backup to iCloud, Mail or AirDrop.
  • Categories and phrases
    • Add, change or delete your own categories and phrases.
    • You can create an unlimited number of categories to organize your phrases for quick access.
    • Create users with their own categories, phrases and voice for different languages, persons or situations.
    • Long press (optional setting) to easily edit the phrase and category buttons.
    • In the settings you can quickly and easily edit multiple phrases in one go.
    • Option to automatically save the phrases in the history category.
    • With Backup to iCloud or AirDrop you can transfer your categories and phrases to another iPhone/iPad.
  • Phone calls
    • The app can also be used while making Phone, FaceTime and Skype calls (with iOS 13).
    • So you don't need a second device anymore for the speech output.
    • The speech output will be audible for the other person on the phone (not on your device).
  • Fully Customizable
    • The size of the buttons, the textbox and the text can be adjusted.
    • The app has various color schemes and you can also create a personal color scheme.
    • Change the order of the buttons in the settings with drag and drop.
    • Change the colors of the icons on the buttons.
  • Full screen
    • Show your message full screen with a very large font.
    • Useful for communicating in a noisy environment.
    • Button to rotate the text to show your message to the person opposite of you.
  • Speech
    • Pronunciation corrections can be defined in the settings.
    • The rate and pitch of the speech can be adjusted.
    • Option to speak each Word or Character directly while typing.
    • Optional highlighting of the spoken words.
    • Pause and resume speaking by tapping the speak button (optional setting).
    • Option to record speech on to a button.
  • Other features
    • Option to place an image on the buttons with phrases by selecting an image from your Photo Library.
    • Connect a bluetooth keyboard and create shortcuts for the functions Speak, Clear, Show and Attention Sound.
    • Button to share your message to mail, text and social media.
    • Option for preventing double tapping by disabling the button (for a short time) after touching.
    • Undo option in case of unintentionally tapping the clear button.
    • Abbreviations expansion to reduce keystrokes.
    • Attention sound button on Main and Full screen.
  • Languages and Voices
    • The voice can be selected in the settings of the app.
    • The app uses the built-in iOS text-to-speech voices.
    • There are 90 voices for 27 languages available. There are for instance 9 English US, 6 English UK and 4 Australian voices available.

Communicator features
General
Text communication
Yes
Symbols communication
No
Storage of boards/resources
Local storage
Cloud storage
Access
Access method
Touch screen
Scanning
No
Interface
Feedback
Text-to-speech
Sound
Speech synthesis
Yes
Audio files
Yes
Users
Multiuser
Yes
Management by end-user
Yes
Boards
Writing Area
Text
Fullscreen view
Cells
Cells type
Communication
Navigation
Cells shape
Rectangular
Cell size
Customizable
Supportive Writing and Printing
Virtual keyboard
Operating system
Sentence storage
Yes
Expand abbreviations
Yes
Remote communication & Internet
Share
Yes
SMS
Yes
Instant messaging
Yes
Email
Yes
Telephony
FaceTime
Skype
Social networks
Yes
Help resources
Built-in help
Yes
User's manual
Yes (maker website)
Further properties / Remarks
  • Auto-Search feature that places the found phrases on the on-screen keyboard.
  • The creation of users aims to have different profiles to communicate depending on the environments.
  • Button to rotate the text to show your message to the person opposite of you.

Specifications / Requirements
System
Operating system
iOS 10.0
Language
German
Spanish
French
Dutch
Internal storage
36 MB
Comments / Specifications / Additional Requirements
  • La aplicación no requiere conexión a internet una vez instalada.

Adecuación del producto
Table 1 - User functional requirements
Disability Functional description CIF Qualifier Product use
Physical Control of complex voluntary movements b7601.1 MILD problem It is possible to use the product with a MILD level of difficulty in this functional description
Visual Visual acuity functions b2100.2 MODERATE problem It is possible to use the product with a MODERATE level of difficulty in this functional description
Auditory Speech discrimination b2304.2 MODERATE problem It is possible to use the product with a MODERATE level of difficulty in this functional description
Table 2 - Application scope, product features
Functional description ICF code Qualifier Product function that solves the difficulty
Conversation d350 COMPLETE problem User can establish conversation even if unable to speak
Suitability according to the manufacturer
  • Speech Assistant AAC is a text-to-speech app designed for people who are speech impaired, for example due to Aphasia, MND/ALS, Autism, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy or other speech problems.

More information
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Commercial information
License type
Proprietary software
Distribution method
Commercial
Price excluding VAT in euros (approximate, may vary)
14.00€
Price source
Provider
Price inquiry date and/or ratings

License/Service terms - Additional information
  • The price displayed on the App Store is € 16.99

Analysis and evaluation
Platform user rating (0-5)
4.8
Rating functional information (0-5)
4.0
Rating technical information (0-5)
1,5
Overall rating (0-5)
4.0

Positive
  • Easy and intuitive
  • It has all the necessary functions so that a person with speech problems, but with literacy skills, can communicate easily and quickly.
  • Affordable price
Conclusions

It is a good product, it is a text communicator that allows users who cannot use their voice to do so with a tablet or phone. It is an essential tool for these people at a reasonable price.