App update gives a voice to children who cannot talk

Macworld Australia Staff
5 May, 2013
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Australian children who can’t speak have been given a voice in the latest update to the Proloquo2Go app.

While the app, which converts text to speech, already provides a voice to over 50,000 iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users around the world, until now Australian children have had to reply on adult voices to convey their conversations.

Now, however, Proloquo2Go has introduced natural-sounding Australian children’s voices, known as Liam and Olivia. Users can select the voices to communicate via symbol-based communication or typing with word-prediction.

Acapela Group and AssistiveWare, the companies behind the new app, have also announced the release of a new adult Australian female voice, known as Lisa.

Beukelman and Miranda statistics say that 1.3 percent of the Australian population cannot communicate through speech – and this includes approximately 35,000 children aged between three and 12 years old.

by Macworld Australia staff


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