What's New

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New in this release:
•Minor Bug Fixes

App Description

TouchChat is a full-featured communication solution for individuals who have difficulty using their natural voice. TouchChat is designed for individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, ALS, apraxia, stroke, or other conditions that affect a person's ability to use natural speech.

This version of TouchChat is bundled with the WordPower™ series of AAC vocabularies designed by Nancy Inman. WordPower is a word-based vocabulary that allows for easy and intuitive communication, while WordPower with Phrases incorporates phrases for easier language generation.

TouchChat provides both English and Spanish options in a universal app supporting iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®.

TouchChat fits into the category of assistive technology known as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and includes features that were previously only available in much more expensive dedicated devices. Words, phrases and messages are spoken with a built-in voice synthesizer or by playing a recorded message. Various English and Spanish synthesized voices are available, allowing the user to choose a voice that fits their own personality.
TouchChat also has a unique feature whereby one can simply tilt the device to make the message expand to fill the screen in large letters. This feature allows a person to communicate silently or in a noisy environment.
TouchChat gives an individual the ability to navigate through page sets and speak messages. Page sets are linked pages, each of which is divided into a number of buttons. The buttons are programmed to have specific actions, such as speaking a message, navigating to a different page, changing the volume or clearing the display.
Various page sets are included with TouchChat: VocabPC, MultiChat15, and Spelling are available in both English and Spanish options, myQuickChat©, MyCore, and Communication Journey: Aphasia are available in English, while Sintaxis and Sin Sintaxis files are available in Spanish. Each page set targets individuals with different communication needs. Additional English page sets including Gateway©, Pixon™60 and Talk About AAC are available as in-app purchases.

Text generated with TouchChat pages can be shared on social media or via iMessage® and email using a wireless connection. Generate a message, push on the text window and choose a service. Additionally, text can be copied to/from TouchChat and other applications so it can be spoken out loud.

The pages, grid layout, buttons, messages, and symbols are fully customizable. Buttons can be copied and pasted into a different location or rearranged by simply dragging them to the desired new location. The styling of a button (colors, borders, fonts) can also be copied and pasted into another button.

Provided page sets can be modified to create new custom page sets. Select from over 45 button actions and nearly 40,000 Symbolstix® symbols* when creating new buttons. You can also choose to use an existing image or take a photo with the built-in camera. Additionally, gestures can be used to navigate to new pages, speak messages, etc.

*Please note: PCS© symbols are not compatible with the TouchChat app.

Button activation timing can be adjusted to meet the needs and capabilities of the user. Adjustments include button dwell time and button release time. Buttons can also be configured to activate on release.

Users can program buttons to play audio files such as music from the media library or videos from the camera roll or a YouTube™ link.

Once programming is complete, be sure to protect custom files. Vocabulary files can be imported and exported to a computer through iTunes® file sharing, DropBox™ or Google Drive™. TouchChat also enables users to subscribe to iShare and store custom files for safe keeping (not available to customers residing in the European Union).

iPhone, iPod touch and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

iPhone Screenshots

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iPad Screenshots

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App Changes

  • October 20, 2011 New version 1.1.2
  • February 07, 2012 New version 1.2.0
  • March 01, 2012 New version 1.2.1
  • March 28, 2012 New version 1.2.2
  • June 16, 2012 New version 1.2.3
  • September 19, 2012 New version 1.2.4
  • January 04, 2013 New version 1.3.0
  • January 30, 2013 New version 1.3.1
  • February 15, 2013 New version 1.3.2
  • March 04, 2013 New version 1.3.3
  • June 28, 2013 New version 1.3.4
  • July 12, 2013 New version 1.3.5
  • August 21, 2013 New version 1.4.0
  • September 18, 2013 New version 1.4.1
  • October 06, 2013 New version 1.4.2
  • November 16, 2013 New version 1.4.3
  • December 02, 2013 New version 1.4.4
  • February 28, 2014 New version 1.4.5
  • May 06, 2014 New version 1.4.6
  • June 24, 2014 New version 1.4.7
  • April 09, 2015 New version 2.0.0
  • May 13, 2015 New version 2.0.1
  • August 20, 2015 New version 2.1.1
  • September 08, 2015 New version 2.1.2
  • November 02, 2015 New version 2.1.3
  • January 10, 2016 New version 2.2.0
  • January 17, 2016 New version 2.2.1
  • July 03, 2016 New version 2.3.1
  • August 07, 2016 New version 2.4.0
  • September 14, 2016 New version 2.4.1
  • November 04, 2016 New version 2.5.0
  • December 08, 2016 New version 2.5.1
  • February 18, 2017 New version 2.6.0
  • May 10, 2017 New version 2.7.0
  • October 05, 2017 New version 2.9.0
  • October 05, 2017 Price decrease: $299.99 -> $149.99
  • October 07, 2017 Price increase: $149.99 -> $299.99
  • May 09, 2018 New version 2.12.0
  • May 09, 2018 Price decrease: $299.99 -> $149.99
  • May 12, 2018 Price increase: $149.99 -> $299.99
  • October 03, 2018 New version 2.15.0
  • October 03, 2018 Price decrease: $299.99 -> $149.99
  • October 11, 2018 Price increase: $149.99 -> $299.99
  • May 01, 2019 New version 2.18.1
  • May 01, 2019 Price decrease: $299.99 -> $149.99
  • May 06, 2019 Price increase: $149.99 -> $299.99
  • June 13, 2019 New version 2.19.1
  • June 28, 2019 New version 2.19.2
  • July 13, 2019 New version 2.20.0
  • August 28, 2019 New version 2.20.2
  • September 24, 2019 New version 2.21.0
  • September 30, 2019 New version 2.21.1
  • October 10, 2019 Price decrease: $299.99 -> $149.99
  • October 15, 2019 Price increase: $149.99 -> $299.99

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