The ChatBox 40 allows digitized (recorded) messages to be spoken by pressing buttons on the keyboard. It also supports numerous switch scanning options for individuals who are unable to press buttons. The keyboard can support 10 large keys or 40 standard-sized keys. There are 10 levels of messages available with the ability to move from level to level with up and down arrows. A 2-line, LCD display supports text display of the digitized messages and menu-driven setup utilities.
The ChatBox-40 weighs 2.25 pounds and measures 8.3” by 12”
30 minutes of high-quality, recorded speech can be used as needed across as many levels and buttons as desired. LEDs on each key with a stored message provide the user with a visual cue.
Digitized messages can be programmed to include text that appears in the 2-line LCD Display. Using this feature, an individual can assemble a message using multiple keys (e.g., “I want ... to eat). The message can then be spoken as a single message by selecting the Speak Message button.
The ChatBox 40 supports single switch, dual switch, and joystick scanning. Scanning options include row/column, linear, directional, latched, direct, and step scanning. All scanning modes are visually supported with lights on the keys. The scanning time is variable from .1-10 seconds.
All of the features of ChatBox 40 combined with the ability to store messages under a sequence of two icons, allowing for instant access to many more messages. The Plus model also includes the Talk Today vocabulary program written by Gail Van Tatenhove, CCC-SLP.
The ChatBox 40-XT adds basic voice synthesis capability, greatly increasing the flexibility and growth potential for communicators. Individuals may create their own messages on the LCD display using either pre-stored messages or typing on an alphabet keyboard. Advanced scanning featuring auditory prompts supports individuals with visual impairments. The ChatBox 40-XT also connects to a computer to provide keyboard emulation.
All of the features of ChatBox 40-XT combined with the ability to store messages under a sequence of two icons, allowing for instant access to many more messages. The Plus model also includes the Talk Today vocabulary program written by Gail Van Tatenhove, CCC-SLP.