People with speech, language and learning disabilities can communicate quickly and easily using the symbols in this portable tool. The unit uses DECtalk speech synthesizer, can hold up to 218 minutes of digitized speech and sound, and comes with Windows-based PC editing software. Rate enhancement features, including word prediction, character prediction, abbreviation expansion and auto-learn new words simplify message composition. Hardware buttons allow customizing for special situations or provide shortcuts for common functions. Speech-language pathologists designed several pre-programmed page sets to reduce the need to create custom pages for every occasion. The unit's 10 editable on-screen keyboards provide a starting point for interactive communication.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.