Free for basic version in Google Play Store or $7.70 for full version
$9.99 in iTunes
What does the app do?
This app aims to support people who are speech impaired but are able to read, for example, after a stroke, vocal cord problems or autism. The app allows the user to create phrases or categories which are placed on buttons. With these buttons you can create messages that can be shown or spoken, using the voice installed on your device. The free version on Google play provides users with 6 categories of words (Phrases, Food/drink, Common, Verbs, Feelings, Body), and has basic features. The user is encouraged to upgrade to the paid version ($7.70) to access additional features. There is no free version available on iTunes - paid version only ($9.99).
✔ Simple, easy-to-use
✔ Many options for customisation such as button size, text size
✔ Users can create their own word categories and phrases in addition to ones already in app
✔ Users can share phrases/messages such as via email
✘ The free version in Google Play Store has limited customisable features
✘ No free version available in iTunes - paid version only ($9.99)
✘ App does not detect duplicate words - for example, in the food/drink category, if the user stores the word tea, that is already present, there is no prompt to indicate that this word already exists
Date of review: February 2017 Platform reviewed: Android App version: 5.0 Download size: 4.39 MB
Reviewer: Jo Tipping, Speech Language Therapist, March 2017
Review: "This app is most useful for individuals with difficulties communicating verbally. This may be as a result of neurological disorder, developmental disorder or a voice disorder. The user or support person must be able to use the touch screen to type relevant messages, or choose from pre-programmed phrases created individually or in-built (text-to-speech). The user must be able to read at single-word/short phrase level in order to select the item to be verbalised. With correct use, individuals will be able to use an automated voice to communicate their thoughts, wants and ideas that they have entered into the display. This voice acts as an alternate to the individuals own voice. There are both female and male voices available to choose from. " Safety concerns: "No safety concerns however it may take some time for an individual to enter their commonly used phrases in order for this app to be efficient in a conversation." New Zealand relevance: ★★★★☆ Comments: "There are no NZ voices available on this app."
The tech review relates to the technical aspects of the app, such as security, privacy, etc.
Reviewer: Unmesh Jyoti Nitin, PGDip Health Informatics, March 2017
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