Speech Disabilities iPad App: RocketKeys Review

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Developer: MyVoice

Platform: iPad Only

Price: $159.99  RocketKeys – MyVoice

Category: AAC Apps (speech disabilities)

 

The King Of Text-To-Speech Apps

RocketKeys is the king of apps when it comes to text-to-speech.  This customizable talking keyboard was designed especially for individuals with speech disabilities.

With lightning fast word suggestions and a wonderful interface to work with, there’s no better choice than this when you’re searching for a top-notch AAC text-to-speech app.

If you are one of the users who have been emailing me about how Proloquo2Go does not have fast enough word suggestion and is lacking certain vital text-to-speech features, then this is the app for you!

 

RocketKeys iPad App

Multiple Users, Multiple Keyboards, Endless Possibilities!

RocketKeys makes customizing and creating your own keyboards easier than ever before.  I’ll talk about how you can add keys, change keys, make keys larger, get rid of keys, change the title of your keyboards, and more!

There are three main components to the RocketKeys interface: the Message Board, Keyboard, and the Predictions area.

Message Window

The Message window, which is (by default) at the very top of the screen, is where you tap when you want to hear the written text spoken out loud.  For example, if I were to type a sentence and then hit the Message window, which is where the text is displayed, the program would speak that text aloud.

 

Keyboard Area

The Keyboard area is actually several different areas, as you can access multiple keyboards via tabs on the left side of the app.  (Numbers, letters, symbols, words, etc.)

 

Predictions Module

The Predictions module is where suggested words pop up.  If the user types a letter or two, a set number of words will show up as recommendations.  This really helps to improve the speed with which individuals can get their thoughts across and also helps with spelling accuracy.

Space and Backspace buttons are also present, which is great!

The All-Powerful Edit Button

The Edit Button is where all of the RocketKeys goodies are hidden away.  When you tap this button, which is located in the top right of the screen, you will be shown several different icons: a head, a keyboard (that looks like a calendar), a wrench, and a set of faders.  (Much like those on mixing boards in music studios, if you have ever seen those before.)

 

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Tapping the “head” button after opening the Edit menu will allow you to create new users and manage existing ones.  You can create up to seven different users within the RocketKeys app, all with their own unique keyboards and settings!

Tapping the Keyboard button after opening the edit menu will allow you to select existing keyboard sets or create a new one.  To create a new keyboard set, just tap the plus button.  From here, you can select a starting template for your keyboard.  Once you have done this, just tap and drag keys to move them around!

You can also change the size of different keys by pinching inwards and outwards as you would if you were adjusting your screen’s zoom.  Tap and hold keys in order to edit their content, and just drag blank squares from the bottom of your screen if you want to add new keys to your keyboard.

 

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This system provides you with the tools you need to create any text-to-speech keyboard that you could imagine!

Also located in the Wrench section of the Edit tab is something called “Rearrange Bars,” which allows you to move the Message window and Predictions module around the keyboard.  (Either above or below it.)

The Options Section

By tapping on the Faders that I pointed out earlier, you can access all of the RocketKeys options.  This includes Voice options, Color options, Prediction options, Cursor options, and more!

 

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Here, you can choose voices and alter their properties (speed, pitch, etc.) as well as set voices to either primary, secondary, or hover.

  • Primary voices are the voices that speak the Message window when it is tapped.
  • Secondary voices speak individual keys when they are tapped.
  • Hover voices speak when keys are passed over by the cursor, which is a cool-looking crosshair icon.

 

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I would recommend taking some time to explore all of the options that are offered here, as there are great ways to tailor this unique physically accessible app to address your child’s speech disabilities.

 

Unique Accessibility for Shaky Hands or Vision Challenged Folks

RocketKeys allows users to place “any number of fingers on the screen and still make keyboard selections effectively.”  The app also includes an optional stabilization feature that can help even further.  Lastly, RocketKeys makes it possible for the user to hold their hand “near” a key to make a selection, thereby eliminating the need to “tap.”

 

Teachers Will Love It, Too!

This award-winning communications aid also includes features that make it great for groups, teachers, and clinicians working with individuals who have speech disabilities:

  • Allows you to add an unlimited number of distinct users
  • Recognizes switch user profiles instantly
  • Multiple customized keyboard layouts for every user

[Video] Speech Disabilities Don’t Stand A Chance With RocketKeys!

 

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