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KeyGuards, TouchGuides, and KeyGuides - Oh My! What’s the Difference?

Posted on 2021-02-02 17:17:17 by Admin under News

It's a question we hear fairly often: Keyguards? TouchGuides? KeyGuides? What are they? How are they different? How do I know what to buy?

Keyguards, TouchGuides, KeyGuides: A Definition

Keyguards, TouchGuides, and KeyGuides are types of access technologies that support touch access on speech generating devices. These are available in different colors (e.g., black, white, clear), sizes, and styles (e.g., hinged, fixed). Below is a brief overview of each one. You can learn more details on the PRC-Saltillo eStore.

Pictures and Definitions

keyguard example 1   touchguide example 1   tactile keyguide example 1
keyguard example 2   touchguide example 2   tactile keyguide example 2






keyguard example 3   touchguide example 3   tactile keyguide example 3
Typically has rectangular openings which allows for full visibility of the icon and label. Depth allows for more accuracy without accidental hits from other parts of the fingers or hand. Gives a clear definition of the boundaries between buttons. Hinges upward so it can easily moved out of the way for access to programming menus.   Typically has oval openings which can slightly obstruct the visilibilty of icons and labels. Openings are shallow and designed for an individual whose fingers, headstick, stylus, or other access method might get “stuck” in the deep openings of a KeyGuard. Provides a subtle distinction between locations. Does not hinge – must be removed for access to programming menus.   Only available on the Accent 1000 and intended for use with the LAMP VI language system (for visually impaired). Features 84 oval-shaped openings, like the TouchGuide, but has a hinge design like the KeyGuard. Each opening has a tactile marker either on it or next to it to give the user tactile cues as to the location of the button on the screen.


Want to get your hands on one, or understand what might be best for you, your client or family member? Connect with your PRC-Saltillo AAC Consutlant today!

It's Time to Update to Chat Software 2.29!

Posted on 2021-01-29 14:53:46 by Admin under News

In this latest Chat Software update from Saltillo, you won't want to miss the following cool new features!

  • New voices have been added to the Acapela synthesizer
    • Two English voices (Deepa & Rhona)
    • Anais French voice
    • Two French child voices (Elisa & Valentin)
    • Two Dutch child voices (Merel & Thijs)
  • The ability to hide an entire buttonset has been added
    • Buttonset – a group of buttons "stacked" in the same location
  • ChatEditor™ now offers the ability to resize the window by dragging the sides to your desired size
  • PCS default files are updated to reflect diverse skin tones
  • Basic and Intermediate Scan PCS files are updated with high contrast images
  • WordPower
    • Basic files have additional places added to the second page
    • Fun sounds have been added to the Spanish Básico file
    • Added missing pronoun form "on" to recently introduced WordPower français

Download Today!

The Next Generation NovaChat® 8 is Here!

Posted on 2020-11-24 17:34:20 by Admin under News

Introducing the NovaChat 8.4…packed full of familiar features and an updated design to withstand real-world challenges.

Learn more about the 8.4!

  • Splash and dust-resistant design meets, and exceeds, industry requirements for protection against solids and liquids
  • EVA foam Active wrap provides shock absorption and durability for the energetic, on-the-go communicator
  • Familiar Classic wrap provides a sleek modern look for the easy-going, careful communicator
  • Redesigned wraps make it easier to swap colors
  • Lightweight and portable design
  • Redesigned handle with improved durability for carrying comfort
  • High quality amp provides clear communication in a variety of environments
  • Fully adjustable stand allows for many angles and stays in place
  • USB-C ports for both tablet and amp make charging convenient
  • Includes the most comprehensive WordPower Suite in the industry plus many other vocabulary options
  • Accommodates wired and wireless switches
  • Front and rear facing cameras allow for unique personalization of vocabularies

Visit our Store and connect with your local consultant for more information 

Updates Abound in 2.28 Chat Software Release!

Posted on 2020-11-23 21:03:18 by Admin under News

The 2.28 Chat Software Update is here, and it's full of awesome updates, the biggest change being how menus are accessed. Check out our video for more details about menu access and other updates! 

What Else is New with 2.28?

In addition to menu access options, we have:

  • Added a feature that collects information such as Settings, Vocabulary File used and usage of the Help Index
  • Changed a number of default settings per requests received, including:
    • Speech Output>Character: On
    • Input>Tilt>Action: No Action
    • Input>Enable Menu: Off
    • Style: Font>Font Size: 20
    • Word Finder>Show Menu Item: On
    • Word Finder>Flip Interval: 6 seconds
    • System>Display Settings>Screen Timeout: 10 minutes
  • Renamed Audio Actions to better distinguish appropriate button actions
  • Added a French Grammar Database
  • Fixed some pesky bugs, including:
    • Vocab builder word list import not working in LAMP
    • Chat Software crashing when connecting to AeroText™ app and Chat Software crashing when sending an SMS message
    • Crash when rotating in multi-window mode with menu open (10.6 & 8.35 running Android 7)
  • Added a NEW Vocabulary: WordPower120 français AZERTY and WordPower120 français QWERTY!
  • Updated WordPower™ files with the following:
    • Added “I Spy…” “something (SOCIAL) to all English files, except WP20 Simply
    • Added “Veo algo…” (FRASES) to all Spanish files
    • Added “safari” to English files except WP20 Simply and WP25
    • Added “fun” to “My day was…” on SOCIAL page
    • Added “¡Me divertí!” and “¡Nos divertimos!” to the Spanish “Hoy me fue” pages
    • WP60 Basic & Higher - added all of the ‘character traits’ adjectives to the ADJ A-Z pages
    • All WordPower files  - changed date from 2020 to 2021

 Update Today!