Sunday, March 29, 2009

New AAC Device: PAPOO

Developed by the French company Smartio the PAPOO AAC device is designed as an extremely light weight communication device. The device can be held and run with one hand, or can be run with a single switch.

Here are the specs (these are gathered from the French, British and American websites):
  • weight 7 oz.
  • Dimensions: 5,5" x 2,5" x 1,77"
  • 10,000 messages (full sentences or phrase based)
  • two touch screens, five sensitive buttons (up and down navigation, select, yes/no)
  • cost about 2200 Euro (converts to about 3500 US)
  • color changing case
  • direct select or single switch scanning (PAPOO makes a switch or use any 3/8 switch)
  • designed to be ergonomic and can be used easily with one hand
  • various accessories (neckstrap, mount, stand, cradle, protective case)
  • programming software for your computer
  • OLED Screens 1,06" x 1,06" (Diag. 1,5”)
  • 262 000 colors
  • Resolution : 128 x 128 pixels
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Charge holds 24 hours
  • USB Rechargeable
  • automatic sleep mode
  • integrated speaker (sound power : 25m range, directional sound)
  • Sturdy and shock absorbing shell
  • Weatherproof
  • automatically adjusts to be used up and down or sideways (like a position sensitive phone)
  • uses any picture or symbol set you desire (you upload images into the device through the software - thus you can use any free or commercial set of symbols or photos - downside is you may have to purchase a symbol set separately if their is one you want and don't have)

Here is a video of the device in use, it is in French, but you will get the general idea.

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