[Athen] TTS solution for individuals who are mute?

Glenda Watson Hyatt - Soaring Eagle Communications Glenda at webaccessibility.biz
Fri Oct 5 10:37:17 PDT 2007

Hi Jayme,

>From what I've seen so far, NextUp Talker is similar to e-triloquist

http://www.etriloquist.com/ without the price. Perhaps have your student try
e-triloquist and then "upgrade" to NextUp Talker. The NeoSpeech voices,
which are the best synthesized voices I've heard, work with e-triloquist. In
fact, I used NeoSpeech's Kate in the video

Good luck.


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From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
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Sent: October 4, 2007 2:04 PM
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Subject: [Athen] TTS solution for individuals who are mute?


I am trying to find a solution for an individual who is having their larynx
removed because of cancer, and they are seeking a high quality synthetic
voicing system.

This individual has no mobility issues, can use a standard keyboard, is very
technically capable, and a lot of the typical AAC devices are not quite
appropriate matches for his needs and abilities.

I know about the program "Next Up Talker" from www.nextup.com, as well as
the "Gus! Pocket Communicator" and "Gus! Multimedia Speech System", and I'm
wondering if anyone has experience with using these products or knows of
similar products that I can take a look at as a possible solution?

The basic functionality I am looking for would include a system that allows
content to be typed in, possibly with some word prediction capability, the
ability to manage pre-configured greetings and phrases, as well as the
ability to record and play back audio files.

Any ideas or suggestions are appreciated, and thank you in advance!

Jayme Johnson
Assistive Computer Technology Instructor High Tech Center Training Unit De
Anza College, Cupertino, CA

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