I worked with a youngster with LD the other day and I
really wanted a portable writing solution that had built-in
text-to-speech (TTS). Years ago I had acquired an
A----Smart and used it infrequently over the years.
But TTS on it was poor, and every time the unit lost its
charge I would have to go through the *painful* process of
re-installing an 'applet' and TTS, and it also required an
external voice card that plugged in the rear that sounded,
well, not good.
I met up with a rep. for Writer Learning while at a
conference in Utah and he showed me their new Fusion.
It 'fixed' everything I thought was wrong with the A-Smart
and added a bunch of features that I loved!
You can hear the
Fusion's TTS through included headphones or its great
This unit also works great as a simple AAC device!
Other text-based TTS products of this nature cost several
I've even worked with the manufacturer to modify the
software a bit so it's useful for blind persons and
And there are great discounts
for multiple unit purchases and lab packs/stations!
Comes with: AC
adapter/charger, USB port, headphones, manual.
Here are some of its key
features, which you can have on or off:
* Speak keystrokes
Easy to understand and easy
Speak entire text
Speak current sentence
* Volume adjustment
* Speed adjustment
with adjustable font size
check options – automatically read back
options – automatically read back
Prediction options – automatically read back
Word Prediction with WordStorm
Focused Work Environment
* Spell Check
* Cut, Copy, Paste
Easy USB File Transfer
Good Writing Checklists