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Date Posted: 8/16/2012

TextSpeak Launches 1st Affordable Talking Keyboard


Giving a voice to people, places and things, TextSpeak™ today introduced a sub $500 line of talking keyboards.
 
 
WESTPORT, CT – August 15, 2012 – Giving a voice to people, places and things, TextSpeak™ today introduced a sub $500 line of talking keyboards. The TextSpeak TS series Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) speech generating keyboards are simple to use and work right out of the box. This unique solution includes a combination of a wireless keyboard and portable battery powered speaker. Working in tandem, typed text from the keyboard is transmitted and spoken directly from the wireless speaker.

The TS Series talking keyboards offer the special needs and medical community a new solution that requires no technical ability, maintenance or training. Ideally suited for hospitals, the TS Keyboards serve trauma and postoperative patients (i.e. laryngectomy), or anyone who needs a permanent solution offering synthesized speech (i.e., stroke, aphasia, throat cancer). They are helpful for the elderly at home or in nursing care, are offered by hospitals for outpatient transition and are also available as DME (Durable Medical Equipment) in VA hospitals throughout the United States.

The TextSpeak keyboards are specifically designed to address three important patient needs:
• Simplicity - Controls limited to ON/OFF and Volume, works out of the box
• Affordability - First keyboard based speech generating solution priced below $500
• Typing Skills - Keyboards range from mini to very large key (specifically offered to assist mobility impaired patients).

The product’s unique advantages:
• Standard voices include male and female genders, in both English and Spanish, all with unlimited vocabulary.
• Works over speakerphones to support calls to friends and family.
• Has flexible keyboard choices to fit individual typing skills and needs.
• Lightweight and portable. Uses low cost, standard batteries, or included AC adaptor.

"We have introduced the TS Series to meet needs of our customers at a fraction of the cost of competitive solutions. This allows us to put TextSpeak TS in the hands of the uninsured and elderly who would otherwise have no solution to simply talk." says TextSpeak president Nancy Wolfe. "By making an affordable product and offering flexible keyboard choices we are helping speech impaired individuals communicate far more efficiently. For some, we offer their first opportunity to simply say “hello” or answer their own telephones for the first time.”

About TextSpeak
TextSpeak provides multilingual (20 languages), human sounding embedded text to speech voice to virtually any existing hardware device. The TextSpeak solution adds a natural sounding voice to ATM machines, scrolling marquees, transit systems, industrial equipment and medical equipment. TextSpeak translates existing signage in transit systems increasing safety, streamlining passenger movement and providing support for people with disabilities (particularly the vision impaired). The technology is also used in security applications, providing mass notification information at schools, universities, buildings, factories, public facilities and municipal infrastructure. Automatic voice announcements in nursing call stations provide real-time notification without sacrificing eyes-on-patient activities for healthcare providers. TextSpeak also manufactures low cost Talking Keyboards that give a voice to people who have trouble speaking, either permanently or in post operation. For more information, visit www.textspeak.com


Images: http://textspeak.com/pr-images

 


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Press Contact Info:
Michael Becce
MRB Public Relations
Phone: (732) 758-1100 x 104
Email: mbecce@mrb-pr.com

 


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