Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

iPod Based SoundPOD

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

iPod Based SoundPOD

Article excerpt

The iPod Based SoundPOD is a handheld direct selection communicator designed for use by individuals with speech or communication disabilities and severe physical or neurological disabilities. Available as a complete system or as a conversion kit for an existing iPod Touch (not included with the conversion kit), this device comes with TouchChat AAC software (not included with the conversion kit) and a SoundPOD wearable augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. Users can remove the wireless SoundPOD from its magnetic docking cradle located on the back of the iPod Touch and then attach it to a neck lanyard (included). The user can convert back and forth from the neck-worn in-use configuration and the docked configuration with minimal dexterity requirements. With the SoundPOD worn on the neck lanyard, voice output originates from the upper body and the audio stream is directed toward the person being talked to, providing a more natural communication experience. The SoundPOD's small size and lightweight design allow it to be slipped underneath a shirt for a discrete and hidden communication solution. …

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