Hello I am a Cancer patient that lost my ability to speak back in May of 2006.
I began using the Nextup Talker software in Aug 06.
Great Program, Thank you NextUp, Keep up the great work.
I have passed on your website to many people over this last year and a half.
I decided to Post this message to share a list of the equipment that I have found to work well.
I wanted to speak loud and clear, and not have to carry around a bunch of heavy gear.. Sound familiar?
Secondly I thought this would be a good opportunity to find out what types of equipment others are using.
I am always on the look out for a better way to speak again.
So lets see if we can help each other a bit.
First my equipment, then my wish list.
The computer is made by Fujitsu.
The model is the P series 1510 Lifebook.
It is runningWindows XP Tablet PC Software.
This is a review of the 1510 D at Fujitsu Lifebook P1510D Tablet PC Review
It is a small tablet computer that has a touch screen. So you do not need a mouse pad.
It uses a pen, or even just your finger tip.
The screen size is aprox. 9 x 6 inches, and the unit weighs just 2.2lbs.
You can write directly on to the screen or use the keyboard to type.
The Fujitsu 1510 computer has a wireless USB card that allows me to connect to the internet. Gives me the capability to send and receive emails and access the internet. I run a program called Skype for instant messaging.
The sound level output is a critical component to the mobility and flexibility
I have added a set of USB powered speakers made by Sony.
The model number SRS-T10PC.
I have found these speakers play loud enough for day to day voice and are small enough to attached to the computer with Velcro strips.
And because they use the computer as the power source they are light weight. (no extra batteries to worry about)
The third piece of equipment I use to stay in touch with my family and friends is a text messaging phone, running Microsoft mini pc software.
My wish list is a short one,
Smaller, lighter and flexible enough to let me speak to a stranger out on the golf course as we walk the fairways.
I see it being a bluetooth system. With a touch screen using mostly predefined phrases to keep it simple.
I think that the equipment may be available, but I haven't been able to find the right people to help figure it out.