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
You can hear the Fusion's TTS through
included headphones or its great built-in speaker!
This unit also works great as a simple AAC device! Other
text-based TTS products of this nature cost several thousand dollars!
I've even worked with the manufacturer to modify the software a bit so
it's useful for blind persons and note-taking!
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
which you can have on or off:
Text to Speech
* Speak keystrokes
Easy to understand and easy to use.
* Speed adjustment
Large LCD with
* Spell check
options – automatically read back
* Thesaurus options –
automatically read back
* Word Prediction options
– automatically read back
Word Prediction with WordStorm
* Spell Check
* Cut, Copy, Paste
Easy USB File Transfer
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