DynaVox Chooses Wizzard Software to Provide TTS for Assistive Products
DynaVox Technologies, a manufacturer of speech-generating devices and communication software, selected Wizzard Software to provide the desktop version of the AT&T Natural Voices text-to-speech (TTS) software to enhance the speech capabilities of its DynaVox V and Vmax speech-generating devices. Based in Pittsburgh, DynaVox Technologies develops, manufactures, and distributes speech-output solutions for individuals challenged by speech, language, and learning disabilities.
The DynaVox V and Vmax were designed to improve communication for individuals who may otherwise be unable to speak due to the effects of disease or disability. These portable communication devices are utilized by people of all ages with various diagnoses, such as autism, stroke, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, Downs syndrome and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease), to name a few.
AT&T Natural Voices provides the voices that will allow these individuals to be heard in a variety of situations, such as at home, school or work, and particularly where communication may be challenging such as in shopping malls, stadiums, and other public environments.
Also featured in the Dynavox V and Vmax is the DynaVox Series 5 software, which permits users to compose messages and create keyboard short-cuts that enable instant communication. Another feature is the InterAACT framework, which serves as the V's core content, and provides pages developed based on a communicator's age, communication ability, and the context or setting of the interaction.